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Fatah looks beyond Mahmoud Abbas

Fatah looks beyond Mahmoud Abbas Categories: Fatah, Palestinians     Author: Yoni Ben Menachem

Abbas is starting to realise that he may have to leave his position due to his state of health, and he wants to influence the choice of his successor while he still has the strength to do so.

Behind the News - April 2018

Behind the News - April 2018 Categories: Iran, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria    

On March 18, a 32 year old father of four was stabbed to death in Jerusalem's old city by a Palestinian, who was subsequently shot dead by Israeli police. On March 16, two IDF soldiers were murdered in a vehicular attack near Mevo Dotan in the northern West Bank. The driver was arrested.On March 18,

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Noted and Quoted - April 2018

Noted and Quoted - April 2018 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

A profile of Bob Carr by the Australian Financial Review's Geoff Winestock included a vacuous explanation from the former foreign minister on why he is a vocal critic of Israel and yet is quiet on China's occupation of Tibet. "I goad him by asking then why he is happy to attack Israel for its expan

Asia Watch: Call and Response

Asia Watch: Call and Response Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

Some five months after Philippine troops flushed out Islamic State-aligned militants in the southern city of Marawi, recent military-militant clashes show the Islamic State's local affiliates have regrouped and spread since last year's siege, still gaining recruits and threatening once again to beco

Europa Europa: The final frontier

Europa Europa: The final frontier Categories: Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

Israelis do not hanker for a return to the days of the British Mandate. Nor do they hide secret reservoirs of nostalgia for the sometimes-brutal British colonial police who once strutted about their streets. But they did react with undisguised pleasure to the decision by the UK Foreign Office last m

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Pipes: Iranian regime "living on borrowed time"

Pipes: Iranian regime "living on borrowed time" Categories: Middle East     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Dr. Pipes contends that part of the Iranian public's frustration with the regime is that they expected to see the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but that instead of improving the standard of living in Iran, the regime has spent

Something is rotten in the Hamas terror kingdom

Something is rotten in the Hamas terror kingdom Categories: Hamas, Palestinians     Author: Avi Issacharoff

Once again, on March 15, an explosive device was detonated in the Gaza Strip. And once again it appears that Hamas was not responsible for the attempted terror attack. However, the spate of recent incidents in Gaza raises suspicions that something is particularly rotten in the "kingdom" of Hamas.

The aftermath of an assassination attempt

The aftermath of an assassination attempt Categories: Hamas, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emerged visibly shaken but unscathed after an assassination attempt on March 13 in the Gaza Strip. The soft-spoken former academic arrived in Gaza to open a sewage plant and attend some political meetings. He had barely crossed into northern G

Jihad in the Suburbs redux

Jihad in the Suburbs redux Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Ran Porat

"This nation [Muslims] should know that it was [...] created to spread Allah's religion and lead the nations, and this could only be achieved by Jihad for the sake of Allah!" These words were not said somewhere in the war ravaged Middle East by a supporter of ISIS or other extremist groups. They we

Trying Times

Trying Times Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Last December 15th, in the village of Nabi Saleh on the West Bank, then 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi once again placed herself in front of a camera. For years, Tamimi has been the subject of exploitative, incendiary videos on social media on her confrontations with Israeli soldiers recorded

March Madness in Israel

March Madness in Israel Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"An early election seems inevitable," Israel's most watched daily TV news bulletin reported on March 11. The political crisis that was gripping Israel at that time centred on ultra-Orthodox politicians threatening to bolt Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition unless the Conscription Law was amended so that

Editorial: An Alliance for Gaza?

Editorial: An Alliance for Gaza? Categories: Hamas, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Gaza is in a dire and deteriorating state. Economic activity is down, unemployment is extremely high, and long-standing problems with water, sewerage and electricity are worsening. People aren't starving, but that is virtually the only positive. Many, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, will

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Australians MPs speak out in honour of Israel’s 70th, remember Evian mistakes

Australians MPs speak out in honour of Israel’s 70th, remember Evian mistakes Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel, Updates     Author: Oved Lobel

In honour of Israel's forthcoming 70th anniversary, Government Member Stuart Robert moved a motion in Parliament on February 28, in the lead up to the 80th anniversary of the Evian Conference on the plight of Jewish refugees, to officially apologise for Australia's position on persecuted Jews in 193

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