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What the "Levy Report" actually says Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The "Levy Report" (officially the "Commission to Examine the Status of Building in Judea and Samaria", led by retired Supreme Court judge Edmond Levy) had been released in Israel for barely two hours when critics began accusing it of "undermining Israeli democracy" and signifying the "final death bl

Law and Peace

Law and Peace Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Dore Gold

In January 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Yaakov Neeman, the Justice Minister, turned to former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy to head a panel of legal experts that would look into questions of land ownership in the West Bank. The initiative came about when it was dis

The Aftermath of a Rebel Victory

The Aftermath of a Rebel Victory Categories: Syria     Author: Barry Rubin

The tide seems to be turning in Syria. While the civil war is far from over, the regime is clearly weakening; the rebels are expanding their operations and effectiveness. There have also been more high-level defections. Even though the fighting may go on for months, it is time to start assessing wh

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If Assad falls...

If Assad falls... Categories: Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria     Author: Michael Totten

Short of regime change in Teheran, the overthrow of Assad is the worst thing that can happen to the Iranian government and to Hezbollah. Iran will lose its only ally in the Arab world, and Hezbollah will lose one of only two patrons and its entire overground logistics network. Scud missiles and othe

Asia Watch: State of Tension Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

In Malaysia today, it seems that being sympathetic to the Palestinian cause is not enough - especially if you are Christian and (even worse) have visited the Holy Land, which means entering Israel.

Scribblings: Goodbye Gaza

Scribblings: Goodbye Gaza Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is little doubt that the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's presidential and parliamentary elections has been a major setback for Israel's foreign and security policy. It is too early to tell how bad this setback is - much will depend on how much control over Egypt's foreign and defe

Editorial: Ignoring the Obvious Categories: Iran, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The explosion that ripped through a tour bus full of Israeli tourists in the seaside resort of Burgas, Bulgaria on July 18, killing six people - including a pregnant woman - was only the latest in a series of terror attacks perpetrated against Israelis abroad over the past decades. Unfortunately, d

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Christians in Gaza face an uncertain future

Christians in Gaza face an uncertain future Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The plight of Christians in the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip has recently been in the spotlight following allegations by the Orthodox Christian Church, that a group of armed Islamists kidnapped five Christian Palestinians and forced them to convert to Islam. On July 16, hundreds of Christians staged

Continued IOC refusal to remember Munich darkens tomorrow’s Olympic Opening Ceremony

Continued IOC refusal to remember Munich darkens tomorrow’s Olympic Opening Ceremony Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

Despite calls from the victims' families and world leaders across the globe, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will reportedly not honour the memory of the 11 Israeli Olympians and one West German police officer murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich at the opening

Administrative detention: facts and figures

Administrative detention: facts and figures Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

A petition calling on Australian Jews to denounce Israel's administrative detention policy has apparently been circulating for some weeks without attracting much attention. The handful of signatories, including most of the regular anti-Israel crowd, claim that "the Palestinian prisoners' hunger stri

Libya, Post-Election/ Tide Turning in Syria?

Libya, Post-Election/ Tide Turning in Syria? Categories: Libya, Syria, Updates    

This Update focuses primarily on the aftermath of the election in Libya earlier this month, but also looks at the apparent turn of battle in Syria, with rebel forces now engaging in extended battles with the regime in Damascus and a suicide bombing overnight killing several key r

Pew Survey of Middle East reveals complex and sometimes conflicted feelings about democracy

Pew Survey of Middle East reveals complex and sometimes conflicted feelings about democracy Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Tunisia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

The Pew Research Centre's Global Attitudes Project has just released the results of surveys it conducted throughout the Middle East in the wake of the "Arab Spring." The surveys reveal some interesting insights about attitudes in the Middle East in the wake of the recent uprisings, including how Mid

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