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Another win for the system in Iran

Another win for the system in Iran Categories: Iran     Author: Eyal Zisser

The Iranian tragedy is that it is entirely uncertain whether Rouhani is even capable of ushering in the desired change. After all, Iran is not a democracy, and the elections are far from expressive of the public's true wishes. The election race was limited to establishment insiders who were vetted a

Trump wins friends in Israel

Trump wins friends in Israel Categories: Israel, United States     Author: David Horovitz

Surely nobody but Donald J. Trump could get a warm laugh from an audience of Israeli notables within seconds of highlighting the Iranian regime's desire to destroy our country. That's what happened deep into the main speech of the President's May 22-23 Israel visit, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem

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Beyond "50 Years of Occupation"

Beyond "50 Years of Occupation" Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Einat Wilf

A simple counting of 50 years of military occupation might lead reasonable people to believe that it can no longer be considered temporary. But that fails to take account of an alternative time frame: the Arab and Muslim countdown until the end of Zionism and the State of Israel.

Scribblings: Was 1967 an Accident?

Scribblings: Was 1967 an Accident? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

This special edition of the AIR contains several different essays and articles looking back on the historical watershed that was the 1967 Six Day War from the perspective of half a century. However, I would strongly like to recommend one more important essay that we simply could not fit in this edit

Assad's Hollow Crown

Assad's Hollow Crown Categories: Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The mortar shells came early in the morning. At about five. At regular intervals. Solemn and sinister. They were a reminder of how close it all was. We were in the Damascus Old City. There was still fighting in Jobar, about two kilometres away. The rebels had also counter-attacked from the east... T

Six Days and Fifty Years

Six Days and Fifty Years Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Asher Susser

The 1967 War was a watershed in Middle Eastern history. Israelis call it the Six Day War, which is symbolic of the euphoric sense of victory that Israeli Jews felt in the aftermath of the war. The Arabs don't call it the Six Day War; for them it's the "June War", or the "67 War". It was the most hum

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Editorial: June 1967 to June 2017 Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The 1967 war was the product of the refusal of the Arab world to accept Israel's right to exist. Yet since then, many have come to assert that Israel's presence in the West Bank as a result of the 1967 war is the root cause of the conflict. This ignores not only what happened before 1967, but the fa

Biblio file: The US and Asia’s China Syndrome

Biblio file: The US and Asia’s China Syndrome Categories: Asia, China, United States     Author: David Feith

The United States has repeatedly been surprised by major developments in Asia, sometimes catastrophically so. Think Pearl Harbor... the victory of Mao Zedong's Communists in the Chinese civil war... the Korean War... Vietnam... or the rise of a Chinese superpower competitor from the depths of Maoist

Noted and Quoted - May 2017 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

An SBS TV "World News" (March 30) report from Greg Dyett was marked by its lack of context. Reporting on the March 29 Arab League summit in Jordan backing the 2002 Arab peace initiative, Dyett said it "calls for a complete Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories." Viewers weren't told the

Essay: Resisting the Past

Essay: Resisting the Past Categories: Palestinians     Author: Alex Joffe

On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinians have launched a campaign calling for an official British apology and compensation. This effort illustrates the ways in which honour, internationalisation, symbolism and playing on Western guilt shape the Palestinian culture of den

Behind the News - May 2017

Behind the News - May 2017 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

In the wake of the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the Syrian rebel held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the former head of chemical warfare in the 5th Division of the Syrian army, Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat, who in 2013 defected from the regime, has stated that the regime has large amounts of chem

Deconstruction Zone: Losing the rational Israeli

Deconstruction Zone: Losing the rational Israeli Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: David Brinn

I asked him if the painful concessions he mentioned included recognising that likelihood as part of a land adjustment of the pre-1967 war lines. Rajoub answered by raising his voice and saying absolutely not, all settlements were "a malignant cancer." Whose fault is it that they exist, he demanded

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gareth Narunsky

The Age newspaper (and the Sydney Morning Herald online) ran a “report” from anti-Zionist activist and author Antony Loewenstein on April 10 titled Ticking towards war: What will it take to change life in the Gaza Strip? Anyone familiar with the self-described independent journalist&rsq

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