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Bob Carr's 'Israel lobby' claims inaccurate, bizarre

Bob Carr's 'Israel lobby' claims inaccurate, bizarre Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Bob Carr's interviews on Wednesday on the ABC's 7.30 and Lateline, spruiking the publication of his The Diary of a Foreign Minister, make various claims about what he refers to as the Melbourne "Israel lobby" exercising extraordinary influence over the office of prime minister Julia Gillard. Referr

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string?

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string? Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A report last week by Barak Ben-Shem in the Times of Israel analysed an outbreak of antisemitic comments that followed an application by Jews to the local council in the small English town of Bushey, seeking permission to establish an "eruv". It recalled a similar occurrence in the Sydney suburb of

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 A reality check on "Breaking the Silence"

A reality check on "Breaking the Silence" Categories: Israel, NGOs, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

It is interesting to note that nearly all of the criticisms of "Breaking the Silence" (BTS) recently made by AIJAC and NGO Monitor were validated by a British journalist based on his own personal experiences with the group, and with no obvious agenda. Jake Wallis Simons works as a feature writer fo

Three "noes" from Abbas?

Three "noes" from Abbas? Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met US President Obama last week. The meeting, which one Palestinian negotiator described as "difficult",  received relatively low-key coverage at the time, but later Israeli coverage, based on US Administation sources, sugges

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Latest Iran Nuclear Talks

Latest Iran Nuclear Talks Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

The latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) ended yesterday, with little sign the gaps between the parties were narrowed significantly though it was reported the ongoing building of the Arak heavy water reactor - which w

The Last Word: A+ for AIPAC

The Last Word: A+ for AIPAC Categories: International Jewry, United States     Author: Jeremy Jones

Some years ago, I was invited to attend the Annual Policy Conference of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. At that time, attendance was in the hundreds and the agenda narrowly focused. This year I returned to AIPAC as an invited speaker on the subject "Israel and Asia - New Fronti

Essay: With Friends Like These...

Essay: With Friends Like These... Categories: Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Efraim Karsh

For most of the twentieth century, inter-Arab politics were dominated by the doctrine of pan-Arabism, postulating the existence of "a single nation bound by the common ties of language, religion and history... behind the facade of a multiplicity of sovereign states". No single issue dominated this d

The Biblio File: The Civil Servant and the Insurgents

The Biblio File: The Civil Servant and the Insurgents Categories: Middle East, United States     Author: Paul Monk

When the memoirs of Robert Gates were released in Australia in mid-January, much was made of his alleged criticisms of US President Barack Obama. Gates was a holdover from the Bush Administration and a lifelong Republican, as well as the former head of the CIA; so those already inclined to be critic

Indonesian Democracy comes to Tunisia

Indonesian Democracy comes to Tunisia Categories: Asia, Tunisia     Author: Dr. Giora Eliraz

Since 2011, Indonesia - home to the largest Muslim community in the world - has been conducting a dialogue on democracy with Egypt and Tunisia. This has largely been triggered by Indonesia's ambition to advance democracy in the Muslim, and especially Arab, states and to prove in the international ar

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Yaari: Coping Without a Peace Deal

Yaari: Coping Without a Peace Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Palestinian leadership will never agree to a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines and an end to the conflict with Israel unless all of its demands are met, but that does not mean Israel should not take the initiative towards a two-state outcome. That was a core message of renowned Israeli journal

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