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Nine insights into the current Mideast turmoil

Nine insights into the current Mideast turmoil Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Ehud Yaari

We are witnessing the struggle to define Islam in the modern age. This is the most crucial battle raging today in the world and the most important divide on the global landscape. It's a clash between a forward leaning tolerant enlightened reading of the holy texts, and the medieval fundamentalist an

Why Gaza languishes

Why Gaza languishes Categories: Palestinians     Author: Neri Zilber

Over five months after last summer's Gaza conflict ended, reconstruction of the territory has effectively ground to a halt, with the UN-designed postwar framework failing to move beyond its first phase. While recent statements by some international officials have put the onus on the donor community

Who’s Who in the Israeli election Categories: Israel    

Though Israeli voters will be casting their ballots on March 17 for party lists, they'll doubtless have the men and women at the top of those parties' lists in mind. So here's an opportunity to get to know the party leaders a little better...

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Election 2015: Bibi and Buji's Coalition Worries

Election 2015: Bibi and Buji's Coalition Worries Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Back when it arrived unscheduled in December, many expected Israel's 20th general election to focus on domestic issues. Triggered by the finance minister's dismissal and animated by a 6.5% climb in housing prices during the outgoing government's brief incumbency, many braced for an election dominat

Europa Europa: Twitter Fever Categories: Antisemitism, Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

My belated entry to the Twitter-sphere was prompted by a late-night BBC political chat show which featured a highly articulate Muslim apologist. She argued passionately that, by abusing free speech, Charlie Hebdo had itself incited the attack which killed eight of the magazine's staffers. My tweet t

Scribblings: A failure of basic moral logic

Scribblings: A failure of basic moral logic Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

British Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles recently made an important point about the surge in antisemitic attacks which has been documented in Britain over the past two years: "These pernicious crimes have been accompanied by a creeping cultural acceptance of antis

Editorial: Choosing Israel’s Next Government Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While there is clearly much uncertainty about the upcoming election, there are some core policy continuities we can confidently ascribe to the next government - policies that are shared between the centre-left Zionist Camp and centre-right Likud - the two political factions that appear to be the onl

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The injustice of the Greste case should not detract from some hard truths about Al Jazeera

The injustice of the Greste case should not detract from some hard truths about Al Jazeera Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

The release from an Egyptian prison of Australian cameraman Peter Greste, who served 400 days in jail and was facing a long sentence for what were clearly preposterous allegations, was of course extremely welcome and long overdue. Yet just because the actions of the Egyptian government and judicial

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An Emerging Iran deal?

An Emerging Iran deal? Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

US President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are both saying Iran now has to decide to accept or reject their proposals for a final nuclear deal and they do not plan to further extend the interim nuclear deal signed in 2013 - also extended twice. The outlines of what

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