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Emanuele Ottolenghi: Iran regime change only hope

Emanuele Ottolenghi: Iran regime change only hope Categories: Iran, Op-eds, Updates     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

A cold war will quickly turn into a hot one unless drastic action is taken. As the drumbeat of war mounts in the Middle East, people wonder if an Iran-Israel war is inevitable. Iran's rhetoric about wiping Israel off the map continues unabated - as does its quest for nuclear weapons. Israel views

 Iran and the Huawei controversy

Iran and the Huawei controversy Categories: Australasia, China, Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently the Australian media has been focused on news that the Australian government blocked the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the national broadband network (NBN). While most commentators are discussing the cyber security concerns, few are raising Huawei's question

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Syrian Government's decision to accept UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan has been met with a lot of scepticism to say the least. A number of experts have been predicting that the initiative would only paper-over the Assad regime's continued violence and that there would

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Israel's new Opposition leader

Israel's new Opposition leader Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The triumph of Shaul Mofaz, a former Israel Defence Forces Chief of Staff and Defence Minister (for a bio of Mofaz see here) over former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in the Kadima party primaries this week has sparked a flurry of commentary and reactions inside Israel. Widely noted by pundits

Jihadism, Antisemitism and the truth about the Toulouse murders

Jihadism, Antisemitism and the truth about the Toulouse murders Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Islamic Extremism, Media/ Academia, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer & Sharyn Mittelman

When is a hate crime not a hate crime? Apparently, when a self-proclaimed "Islamic warrior" seeks out an obscure Jewish school, and shoots dead a teacher and three small children simply for being Jews - at least according to some reactions to the massacre that occurred in Toulouse, France on 19 Marc

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Power shortage fuelling anti-Hamas sentiment in Gaza

Power shortage fuelling anti-Hamas sentiment in Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A fuel shortage in Gaza Strip has created some genuine hardships in the Hamas-run entity, affecting power generation as well as transportation.  The crisis has produced a rare glimpse into the state of play between Hamas, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, as each side has begun blaming one

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

On a family rip back to Australia, Gidon Bromberg, an Australian environmental activist now living in Israel, picked up a copy of Chris Hammer's book The River: A Journey Through The Murray-Darling. Bromberg was inspired by Hammer's description of the process that led to the Federal Government

Toulouse school's decision to cut security may have implications on Australia

Toulouse school's decision to cut security may have implications on Australia Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Media/ Academia, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

In this post last month, I argued that the Jewish community in Australia does have the unfortunate need for security at Jewish schools, which remain a target for terrorists, a statement that I later affirmed after the Toulouse attacks. This was to rebut statements made by former Australian Jewish Ne

Media Microscope: Bombing in the Rocket War Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

During the four days of violence starting on March 9 that saw hundreds of rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel, the Israeli military's precision responses remarkably managed to limit Palestinian fatalities to 25, of whom 22 were terrorists. However, coverage of the conflict for the Age and Sy

The Last Word: RID-ing against Intolerance

The Last Word: RID-ing against Intolerance Categories: Asia, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

A visit to Semarang, the largest city in Central Java, is in many ways an assault on the senses. The humidity, with searing heat and blustery winds, is unavoidable, as are the blinding colours and the food which comes in two varieties - syrupy sweet or hot and spicy. My recent trip, to participate

Essay: In Retrospect

Essay: In Retrospect Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Syria, Tunisia     Author: Amos Yadlin

Since the outbreak of the protests in Tahrir Square, which were led by liberal, secular youth and which led to the ouster of Egyptian President Husni Mubarak, a lot of water has flowed through the Nile. An ailing Mubarak is on trial, possibly for his life, and his declaration that only his regime co

New Leadership and Old Tricks from Pyongyang

New Leadership and Old Tricks from Pyongyang Categories: Asia, International Security     Author: Nir Reichental

Imagine the following terrifying scenario for the international community - a rogue, impoverished country armed to the teeth with doomsday weaponry, a regime infamous for its belligerence, yet one whose perceptions of reality and decision-making processes are a mystery. Let us further imagine such a

Israel and US debate Red Lines on Iran

Israel and US debate Red Lines on Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Michael Herzog

The March 5 summit between US President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu marked an important milestone in the US-Israeli decision-making process on Iran's nuclear program. The meeting helped clarify positions and narrow gaps, yet significant differences remain to be addressed in t

New Delhi Dalliance

New Delhi Dalliance Categories: India, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Twenty years after establishing full diplomatic relations, India has formed a cordial network of Israeli bilateral ties aimed primarily at upgrading India's technological prowess, economic prospects, and military capabilities. These ties are based on converging strategic interests cemented by divers

Iran's War in Gaza

Iran's War in Gaza Categories: Iran, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Schanzer

When Israeli jets pounded the Gaza Strip on March 9-12, in the latest round of major fighting around the enclave, they were not fighting Hamas, Israel's traditional bête noire in Gaza. Though radical factions fired more than 300 rockets at Israel, the self-described Islamic Resistance Movement

Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

After a week of intermittent barrages of mortars, rockets, and missiles, relative quiet befell southwestern Israel, in bizarre synchrony with a blessed winter's belated departure. The weather has been one happy story in Israel this year. After seven years of drought, the skies opened up and by earl

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Europa Europa: Keeping the Faith Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

The "Israel Apartheid Week" festival continues to excite students on campuses across Europe (forget those pesky events in Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Iran). But while Apartheid Week has come and gone for another year, the BDS campaign - Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions - plods relentlessly on. Why has the

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