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Israel loses its last founding father

Israel loses its last founding father Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Shimon Peres, the man who had dared so much to deliver peace thus ended his 66-year public career the way he launched it: at war. Swords and shields were a fixture of his era, and beating them into ploughshares remained a dream. Yet Peres, who died in September at 93, became the acrobat who bestrod

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Editorial: The next US president Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump move into the final days of their campaigns, there is only one certainty: after eight years, the Barack Obama era will soon come to an end. The president to be inaugurated on January 20 will face a very challenging foreign policy landsc

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Behind the News - October 2016

Behind the News - October 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket in Florida destroyed an advanced communications satellite developed in Israel, throwing the Israeli satellite industry into crisis. Worth between US $200-300 million, the Amos-6 satellite was the most sophisticated built in Israel's history and had been leased by Fa

Media Microscope: Tripping up Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The controversy over Labor Senator Sam Dastyari's acceptance of money from people with links to the Chinese Communist party (and allegations that this may have influenced his stance on China) saw the issue of federal Australian MPs taking study tours to Israel become a topic of debate. Much of the

Saturday Fight Fever

Saturday Fight Fever Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The Sabbath day, a hallmark of the Jewish state and one of Judaism's most celebrated contributions to civilisation, is stirring Israeli politics again. Compelled to insert a pair of 60-metre-long steel structures into Tel Aviv's busiest train station as part of the preparations to electrify the new

A blow to Palestinian unity hopes - and to Abbas

A blow to Palestinian unity hopes - and to Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ben Lynfield

Just a month ago, the municipal elections that were slated to be held in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on October 8 were cause for rare optimism amid the bleak landscape of Palestinian politics... On Sept. 8, the hopes pinned on the municipal elections collapsed in disarray amid Fatah-Hamas recr

Europa Europa: Europe's Most Notorious Jew-Baiter?

Europa Europa: Europe's Most Notorious Jew-Baiter? Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Ben Cohen

Jew-baiting these days is a globally competitive field. The Middle East, Latin America and Asia could all put up credible candidates for the title of most notorious Jew-baiter. But if you ask me, it's in Europe, the continent where modern antisemitism crystallised, where you'll still find the most a

Asia Watch: Causes and Effects Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Rapidly consolidating power over key institutions of the state, and backed by very high approval ratings, Duterte is in a position to redirect the Philippines' foreign policy like none of his predecessors... Although Manila released a statement of "regret", and Duterte insisted that his foul-mouthe

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The Decline of Wilayat Sinai

The Decline of Wilayat Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

Wilayat Sinai, an organisation identified with Islamic State, has recently suffered a series of serious blows from the Egyptian Army. Most prominent among them was the air strike in early August 2016 that killed dozens of senior commanders, launched as part of a targeted campaign against terrorism i

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