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The Trump-Netanyahu meeting

The Trump-Netanyahu meeting Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu travelled to Washington on Wednesday for his first summit with new US President Donald Trump since his inauguration, in a visit that was generally seen as important for both US-Israeli relations during Trump's term in office and for setting a baseline for th

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On construction within settlements, Israel maintains policy

On construction within settlements, Israel maintains policy Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a follow-up to my previous blog on Israel's West Bank settlements from late last month, I examine a second round of approvals for around 3,000 more housing units in the settlements that was announced approximately a week later. What's of particular note is that, although this announcement from J

End the Madness over Jerusalem

End the Madness over Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The City of Jerusalem, holy to the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths, is known to cause its own particular kind of madness. About 50 foreign visitors to the city a year experience what is known as "Jerusalem Syndrome" - psychotic delusions that they are biblical figures or harbingers of Armageddo

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Israel's controversial settlements regulation bill

Israel's controversial settlements regulation bill Categories: Israel, Updates    

As readers will probably be aware, on Monday night the Israeli Knesset passed a very controversial law, known as the "Regulation Law" which retroactively allows residents of housing units in the West Bank "outposts" - settlements built without government permission - to stay in their homes if it is

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region Categories: China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-groun

Biblio File: The Philosopher

Biblio File: The Philosopher Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Ben Cohen

Bernard-Henri Lévy, France's leading public intellectual, has a new book, The Genius of Judaism - perhaps the fullest expression yet of his commitment to the Jewish faith, Jewish culture, and the continued flourishing of the State of Israel. Newly-returned from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where

Asia Watch: True to form

Asia Watch: True to form Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, United Nations     Author: Michael Shannon

Support from Malaysia and Indonesia for the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 2334 - which condemned Israeli settlement construction - came as no surprise, given both nations' longstanding sympathy for the Palestinian cause and concordant refusal to establish diplomatic relations with Isr

Trump and the UNRWA farce

Trump and the UNRWA farce Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Sol Stern

To make a real difference, our next president needs to understand how the United Nations' hostility to the Jewish state is rooted in perverse institutions that have been abetted by previous US administrations. The most glaring example of this is the inaptly named United Nations Relief and Works Agen

Rafsanjani the "moderate"

Rafsanjani the "moderate" Categories: Iran     Author: Michael Rubin

The whitewashing of Rafsanjani's record is akin to praising Pol Pot for improved statistics on eyesight in Cambodia, Fidel Castro for free health care, or Jim Jones for raising the prominence of the Kool-Aid brand.

The Amona evacuation and Israel's settlement announcements

The Amona evacuation and Israel's settlement announcements Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update is devoted to exploring the link between recent Israeli announcements about new construction in West Bank settlements and the dramatic evacuation of the West Bank outpost of Amona yesterday, which led to scenes that many Israelis found traumatic (a gallery of images from the evacuation i

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