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Iran and the State of the Union

Iran and the State of the Union Categories: Iran, Syria, United States, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at some initial reactions to US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, which he delivered before Congress earlier today. (The full text of the President’s remarks can be found here.) Of particular interest to our readers would be two

Biblio File: Hezbollah’s global reach

Biblio File: Hezbollah’s global reach Categories: Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Paul Monk

One is left with the impression, by the close of Levitt's book, that the counter-terrorism struggle against Hezbollah is being won. He writes, "All told, more than twenty terror attacks by Hezbollah or Qods Force operatives were thwarted over the fifteen month period between May 2011 and July 2012;

The Last Word: The Palestinian Haters

The Last Word: The Palestinian Haters Categories: Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Jerusalem is a very special city. Of great religious importance, it is often falsely represented as simply a fulcrum of conflict rather than as an inspirational source of compassion, wisdom and understanding. It figures in the historic memory of a number of civilisations and cultures, but the episo

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Cinefile: Heroic protesters created tragedy for Egypt

Cinefile: Heroic protesters created tragedy for Egypt Categories: Egypt     Author: Eric Trager

In the opening montage of "The Square", Jehane Noujaim's Oscar-shortlisted documentary film about Egypt's Tahrir Square revolutionaries, we meet Ahmed, a twenty-something activist who explains the motivations for the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. "Egypt was living without dignity," he sa

Recasting the Sinai Triangle

Recasting the Sinai Triangle Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Ehud Yaari

Over the past year, Israel and Egypt have used a little-known, legally permissible understanding - the Agreed Activities Mechanism - to bypass restrictions on the number and type of Egyptian forces permitted in much of the Sinai. As a result, considerable Egyptian army forces are now constantly depl

The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome Categories: China, International Security, Iran     Author: Gordon G. Chang

In November, immediately after the announcement that Iran had reached a deal with Western negotiators concerning its nuclear program, China's former ambassador to Teheran, Hua Liming, made the case that Beijing - not the American Secretary of State John Kerry or the European Union envoy Catherine As

How Sharon the divider united Israelis

How Sharon the divider united Israelis Categories: Israel     Author: Yossi Klein Halevi

In the plaza before the Knesset, a thin line of mourners slowly passed the flag-covered coffin of Ariel Sharon. An old man in a long white beard and big black kippah saluted. Another old man brought a single rose. Yet another came wrapped in a giant Israeli flag. Among them were veterans of Sharon's

Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Every hero becomes a bore, wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. The great essayist did not know of Ariel Sharon, who died in January at 85 after one of the stormiest public careers seen anywhere in recent memory. Even his passing - the outcome of an eight-year duel between a legendary warrior and the angel of

Asia Watch: All the Trees in China Categories: China, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

China's pivotal role in the world economy can hardly be overstated. Yet the economic giant is increasingly looking to one of the world's smallest nations for those essential ingredients of innovation and expertise - Israel, of course. And like every other country, Israel is very keen to tap the Chin

Scribblings: Erdogan's Dubious Friends

Scribblings: Erdogan's Dubious Friends Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Turkey     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Here's a fascinating - and very telling - story from Turkey which has not really made it into the Australian media. On Jan. 14, Turkish police staged a sweep in which they arrested 28 people alleged to be recruiting or otherwise working for al-Qaeda in raids across six provinces. Police also raided

Editorial: Honouring Sharon's Legacy Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who passed away on January 11, will surely be remembered as one of Israel's greatest military and political leaders. This is not because he was universally beloved - he was not - nor because his judgement was necessarily always superior - on the contrary,

Israel PM's peacemaking efforts should be remembered

Israel PM's peacemaking efforts should be remembered Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli general, Defence Minister and Prime Minister who died earlier this month, was one of the government officials who greeted then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on the tarmac during his famous visit to Israel in November 1977. Sharing a smile and a handshake, Sadat rib

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Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

THE six-month interim nuclear deal reached between Iran and the US-led P5+1 powers - US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany - in Geneva in late November finally came into effect yesterday. But now the really hard part begins. If the six-month deal does not lead in the end to the kind of agreemen

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