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UN report confirms Iranian arms smuggling

UN report confirms Iranian arms smuggling Categories: Iran, United Nations, Updates     Author: Robert Ellenhorn

Back in March, Israeli Special Forces succeeded in intercepting a ship in the Red Sea, which Israel claimed was transporting Iranian supplied weapons bound for Gaza. Israeli commandos boarded and took control of the "Klos-C" merchant ship about 1500 kilometres from Israel's border in the Red Sea. Th

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Hamas' undeniable terror trail

Hamas' undeniable terror trail Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists last night in Israel brought to a heartbreaking close the IDF's exhaustive search which began on June 13, some seven hours after they were taken while trying to make their way home from Gush Et

Gaza's Fuel Woes

Gaza's Fuel Woes Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Robert Ellenhorn

In the midst of an ongoing fuel crisis in March, Qatar agreed to donate the funds necessary to supply Gaza with fuel for three months. The Qatari fuel donation, valued around US$32 million which was part of wider Qatari support of Hamas ran out last week. The end of Qatari donated fuel- delivered by

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The Last Word: Oy, Jerusalem Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Some years ago, I read an article in a major Australian broadsheet which described, in some detail, the alleged nefarious influence I exercised personally, and on behalf of Jewish Australians, over the Parliamentary Labor Party... Needless to say, the references to me and my lobby were the result o

Essay: Crimea and the West Bank

Essay: Crimea and the West Bank Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Russia     Author: Eugene Kontorovich

US Secretary of State John Kerry spent the past few months shuttling between his two major foreign-policy concerns - Russia's control over Crimea and Israel's control over the West Bank - entirely unaware that he was engaged in a world-historical irony. Both these situations turn on identical intern

Three Boys, Big Implications

Three Boys, Big Implications Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Two decades after they last successfully abducted an Israeli hitchhiker, Palestinian terrorists have done it again. Contact with three teenagers who were hitchhiking south of Jerusalem was lost on Thursday night, June 12, after they had boarded an unidentified vehicle outside the West Bank community

The Kurdish Moment

The Kurdish Moment Categories: Iraq, Turkey     Author: Ofra Bengio

In an interview, Rudaw Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), stated that "the Kurds of Iraq can decide for themselves the name and type of the entity they are living in." Such a far-reaching statement should not come as a great surprise to those followi

Iran is not the solution in Iraq

Iran is not the solution in Iraq Categories: Iran, Iraq     Author: Michael Singh

During the second Iraq war, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was one of the United States' fiercest foes. The IRGC was responsible not only for organising, training and equipping Shiite militants who fought US troops, but also for manufacturing and importing into Iraq so-called explos

Birth of an Islamist State?

Birth of an Islamist State? Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

In a stunning and deeply significant development, the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organisation captured the Iraqi city of Mosul in the second week of June. They then moved on to take Tikrit unopposed and according to reports, were headed toward the capital, Baghdad. Five

Asia Watch: Volunteers Abroad Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesian jihadists periodically swarm the streets to noisily proclaim their intention to fight alongside their Muslim brethren in various Middle East hotspots, but these displays seldom result in verifiable action abroad. Now, there is no doubt that Indonesians are joining the procession of jihad

Scribblings: Jim Crow and the "Pact of Umar" Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

I've written before in this column (e.g. see Jan. 2012, March 2012, and Nov. 2012) about the oft-repeated myth that the Jews of the the Middle East enjoyed tolerance and freedom from racial hatred until the late 19th and early 20th century, when Zionism and the import of European antisemitism suppos

Editorial: Rhetoric and Reality Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The June 25 announcement by Palestinian delegation to Australia head Izzat Abdulhadi that there would be no trade sanctions imposed by Arab and Muslim countries on Australia over the Government's position of refraining from referring to east Jerusalem as "Occupied" was both anticlimactic and to be e

Iran and the Iraq Crisis

Iran and the Iraq Crisis Categories: International Security, Iran, Iraq, Updates    

The subject of this Update is the Iranian role in the crisis in Iraq - and the suggestions being made that the US and its allies share a common interest with Iran in protecting the Baghdad government from the attacks of the Sunni Islamist groups ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

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Sensationalising 'settlement announcements'

Sensationalising 'settlement announcements' Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In my blog post from June 2, I showed how construction in Israel's West Bank settlements had slowed, but that the media had failed to report it. This month, two pieces of commentary by former Bush Administration deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams - who was the official in charge of mon

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