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Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace”

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace” Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently met with US President Donald Trump and said, "Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace."  If only that was true, peace might appear a lot closer.&nbs

After N Korea, don't forget Iran

After N Korea, don't forget Iran Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Shmuel Levin

As North Korea once again comes to the fore of the world's conscious, the lesson should be clear. What matters is not short-term talk, deal, and negotiations, but whether Iran's long-term ambitions have changed. For now, this does not seem to be the case. And, if this is allowed to fester, the long

AIR New Zealand: Campus speech controversy

AIR New Zealand: Campus speech controversy Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Miriam Bell

In reality, there is a high degree of misunderstanding about what freedom of speech means. All too often, people seem to think the principle only applies if they agree with what is being said - with anything else being re-defined as "hate speech". This tendency has been further complicated by the g

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Syria strike sends global message

Syria strike sends global message Categories: Middle East, Russia, Syria, United States     Author: Amos Yadlin and Assaf Orion

On the level of the world powers, the US attack demonstrated Trump's willingness to employ military force independently for the purpose of upholding international norms and enforcing previous resolutions, even after Russia and China vetoed a resolution in the Security Council in this regard.

Asia Watch: A ‘dark horse' surges ahead

Asia Watch: A ‘dark horse' surges ahead Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Elections to determine the leadership of a major South East Asian city have not traditionally attracted much international attention. But Jakarta's gubernatorial race of 2017 was always going to be an exception, touching upon deep national undercurrents of religious and ethnic identity and interests

Settling in on settlements

Settling in on settlements Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Elliott Abrams

Israeli settlement activity was in the news in early April because the Trump Administration had been steadily defining its policy. What has emerged is a good policy: sensible, flexible, and realistic... Obama policy had made construction in the settlements a sore point for eight full years. This w

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Emmanuel Macron on Israel and France’s Jewish community

Emmanuel Macron on Israel and France’s Jewish community Categories: Europe, Israel, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

As Emmanuel Macron claimed victory in the French Presidential election this week, French Jewish community leaders expressed relief. As Joel Mergui, President of the Israelite Central Consistory of France, wrote: Macron's win "constitutes a veritable relief for all our nation and for the Jewish comm

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge Categories: Iran     Author: Mehdi Khalaji

Although the entry of high-profile hardliners could make the race more interesting, the current President remains the favourite in Iran's May 19 election, which could also help determine the next Supreme Leader.

The Last Word: Blood Libels

The Last Word: Blood Libels Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Jeremy Jones

The publication of a novel which, in effect, advocated this lie as truth, written by a person purporting to be of Ukrainian descent claiming to be an authentic, neglected voice, brought debate on this malevolent ahistoricity to the mainstream media. Eventually, the author, Helen "Demidenko" (real s

Another French Revolution

Another French Revolution Categories: Europe     Author: Anshel Pfeffer

The exit polls clearly indicating that Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were through to the second round of the French presidential election were barely in before the main right-wing party's candidate, third-place Francois Fillon, as well as fifth-placed Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, conceded.

Long overdue winds of change at the UN?

Long overdue winds of change at the UN? Categories: United Nations, United States     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As Israel was celebrating its 69th birthday on Tuesday, the UNESCO Executive Board was at work passing yet another anti-Israel resolution. However, despite the resolution passing, some are viewing it as a diplomatic win as the numbers were significantly less than last year.

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Marwan Barghouti’s great gamble

Marwan Barghouti’s great gamble Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Avi Issacharoff

At least 1,187 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons began an open-ended hunger strike on Monday, April 17. At the same time, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in demonstrations proclaiming solidarity with the strikers, sparking clashes with Israeli security forces in some places.&nbs

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