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The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas

The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Grant Rumley

Picture a Palestinian leader in the twilight of his reign. Besieged on all sides and challenged by younger upstarts, he lashes out against Israel, his Arab brethren, and the United States. Other Palestinian officials jockey to replace him, convinced he's past his prime. This is how it ended for Yass

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Editorial: Challenging the status quo

Editorial: Challenging the status quo Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The idea that the status quo in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unsustainable has become something of a mantra, yet rarely with a focus on the policies of Palestinian leadership and key institutions that constitute major obstacles to peace. This is regrettable, because without considering these

Netanyahu in India

Netanyahu in India Categories: India, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a historic visit to India to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the two nations.  During this visit, India and Israel have signed nine agreements including Memorandums of Understanding in the fields of

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Biblio File: Days of Future Past

Biblio File: Days of Future Past Categories: Israel     Author: Liam Hoare

Of all the aspects and institutions of kibbutz life, the children's house is one that in particular continues to fascinate. The idea of collective child-rearing was to some extent born out of necessity. Not only did it conserve resources in an era of scarcity (both before and after Israel's founding

Iranian Protests

Iranian Protests Categories: Iran, Middle East, Updates    

This Update looks at the implications of current Iranian protests. We lead with Iranian-American Ray Takeyh's article "The Islamic Republic of Iran is doomed" in Politico Magazine.

Unlucky 7

Unlucky 7 Categories: Egypt, Europe, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Seven years after it was ignited by an unassuming street vendor in Tunis, the consequent chain reaction of political downfalls, civil wars, and geopolitical tremors has yet to come to an end... the conflicts across the Arab world have become a major destabilising force across the international syste

Iran Doubling Down on its Militia Model

Iran Doubling Down on its Militia Model Categories: Iran     Author: Farzin Nadimi

Fatehin is a little-known, semi-volunteer Basij special unit from the IRGC's Muhammad-Rasul-Allah Corps. Although it is closely associated with the Quds Force's advise-and-assist mission in Syria, it is mainly tasked with infantry fighting.

Asia Watch: Laws and their limits

Asia Watch: Laws and their limits Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesian President Joko Widodo's protracted struggle with Islamist groups bent on opposing him in all things is set to continue as the 2019 presidential elections approach. Legislative and judicial changes indicate a pushback against the illiberal forces that have harassed ethnic and religious min

Terror and Response in Sinai

Terror and Response in Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Yoram Schweitzer and Ofir Winter

The November 24, 2017 attack on al-Rawda Mosque in Bir al-Abed in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, apparently by Wilayat Sinai, a proxy of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Egypt, was the most deadly terrorist attack Egypt has ever known... Beyond the unusual scope of casualties, it was also unus

AIR New Zealand: NZ urged to follow US lead

AIR New Zealand: NZ urged to follow US lead Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

The [Jerusalem] announcement has been greeted with enthusiasm from Israel and the Jewish diaspora, but by opposition and protest in many other quarters. In New Zealand, both official and public response followed a similar pattern.

On ABC Radio, AIJAC's Jamie Hyams explains recent foreign policy announcements by President Trump affecting Israeli-Palestinian issues

On ABC Radio, AIJAC's Jamie Hyams explains recent foreign policy announcements by President Trump affecting Israeli-Palestinian issues Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States    

Listen to AIJAC senior policy analyst Jamie Hyams on ABC Radio "PM" today (Jan.3)  explaining the background to recent annoucements by US President Donald Trump on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and a threat to cut aid to the Palestinian Au

Behind the News - January 2018

Behind the News - January 2018 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

An alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian base near the Syrian city of al-Qiswa on Dec. 1 resulted in the deaths of 12 Iranian personnel, according to Arabic media. A second strike on Dec. 4 targeted a military research facility in the Jamraya area known to be producing weapons for the Assad regime.

Deconstruction Zone: Living amidst "Days of Rage"

Deconstruction Zone: Living amidst "Days of Rage" Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yarden Frankl

The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief... went out looking for tension and hatred and despair. I have no doubt that he found it and that the people he selected to interview really believe that the city is on the brink. Yet his description is not what I find every day. I find a city where a remar

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