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Judicial jujitsu awaits Israel's new A-G

Judicial jujitsu awaits Israel's new A-G Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Politics and the law, wrote Israeli jurist Haim Cohen, must be separated because the one thrives on partiality and the other on impartiality. At the same time, the legislative and executive branches must also interface routinely and intensely, a dynamic that in most democracies happens, one way or

NZ Icon takes on Antisemitism

NZ Icon takes on Antisemitism Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Back in 2014, at the height of the Israel-Gaza conflict, I wrote about the extreme nature of anti-Israel protests and public pronouncements. I pondered whether there might perhaps be a stream of antisemitism, disguised as anti-Israel sentiment, growing in New Zealand. These concerns are shared by o

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ISIL's bid to unite Southeast Asian jihadists

ISIL's bid to unite Southeast Asian jihadists Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

The pathways to recruitment to ISIL are slightly different than in the past. In Indonesia, ISIL has been able to graft onto much of JI's social network, owing in large part to people such as Abu Bakar Ba'asyir and Abdurrahman Aman's early pledges of allegiance to ISIL. In addition to JI's mosques, m

China's Quest for Jewish "Secrets"

China's Quest for Jewish "Secrets" Categories: China, International Jewry     Author: James Ross

During my first trip to China in the summer of 1985, I visited English Corner in People's Park in Shanghai one Sunday afternoon. It's one of the places where young Chinese people used to practise their English with visiting foreigners. Officials from the university where I was teaching in Shanghai e

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Scribblings: Two Quotes

Scribblings: Two Quotes Categories: Iraq, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

What Netanyahu was actually saying - a two-state resolution is not possible "today" - is actually the view almost across the spectrum in Israel. Opposition leader Herzog - a smart and sincere man - thinks the same thing.

Essay: The Birth of the Terror Selfie

Essay: The Birth of the Terror Selfie Categories: Israel, Lebanon     Author: Matti Friedman

This fall and winter have seen many of us here in Israel consuming a miserable kind of reality TV: blurry clips of young Palestinian Muslims with knives seeking release in murder and martyrdom, lunging, stabbing, falling stricken to the ground, the action captured by cellphones or security cameras;

Deterring Iran

Deterring Iran Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Michael Herzog

As the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 goes into effect with the announcement of Implementation Day and the lifting of major international sanctions on Jan. 16, the huge challenge of making it work still lies ahead for the international community. While the deal's prospects will primarily be

China goes to the Middle East

China goes to the Middle East Categories: China, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Michael Singh

Even as the Iran nuclear deal and the potential for rapprochement between Teheran and the West have inspired countless op-eds, China's budding relationship with Iran has gone relatively unremarked upon. But on Jan. 23, Chinese President Xi Jinping became the first world leader to visit Iran after th

Editorial: The Opposite of Moderation Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Those who were hoping last year's nuclear deal would lead to positive change in Iranian politics and foreign policy can be assured that change does indeed appear to be occurring. Unfortunately for the world, however, virtually all change so far appears to be for the worse.

Vigilance, not misplaced enthusiasm, needed in the wake of Iran deal implementation

Vigilance, not misplaced enthusiasm, needed in the wake of Iran deal implementation Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It's important to remember that the steps Iran has taken in order to have the sanctions removed do not represent the dismantling of Iran's nuclear program but only a partial rollback​ of certain aspects of it and mothballing​ or disconnecting other enrichment hardware. This means that, moving forwar

Palestinian Authority incitement continues to fuel murder - and even children are a target: not newsworthy?

Palestinian Authority incitement continues to fuel murder - and even children are a target: not newsworthy? Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The wave of attacks on Israeli civilians is sadly still ongoing. On Sunday Dafna Meir, a nurse and mum of six, was brutally stabbed to death outside her home in Otniel. On Monday, Michal Fruman was attacked and moderately wounded by a teen terrorist. Neither of these attacks made the major papers i

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AIJAC seeking a Media/Public Affairs Officer Categories: Media Releases    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC), the Australian Jewish community's premier independent public affairs organisation, is seeking a self-motivated individual with an interest in politics and journalism to work in our Sydney office.

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