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Ariel Sharon, from warrior to peacemaker

Ariel Sharon, from warrior to peacemaker Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel's former prime minister Ariel Sharon passed away on January 11. Debate about his legacy will continue for years. Views about it have already changed since he became incapacitated eight years ago, as today many on Israel's left praise his decision to dismantle the settlements in the Gaza Stri

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Want peace in Syria? Work on reconciliation from day one

Want peace in Syria? Work on reconciliation from day one Categories: Op-eds, Syria     Author: Or Avi-Guy

When outsiders survey the devastation in Syria, reconciliation is probably the last thing that comes to mind. Millions of refugees and internally displaced people are desperate for humanitarian aid. Millions more are caught in the lines of sectarian fire. Who has time to think about such fluffy &l

The Legacy of Ariel Sharon

The Legacy of Ariel Sharon Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update features three pieces reflecting on the legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died over the weekend after eight years in a coma. We lead with Washington Institute for Near East Policy expert David Pollock. His article's main point is to explore how Sharon

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Bulldozer who guided Israel from centre

Bulldozer who guided Israel from centre Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

THE passing of Ariel Sharon, Israel's first truly centrist prime minister, is a watershed event in Israel's history, as he served in a unique capacity as the pivotal bridge between Israel's founding generation and political landscape and the mature and modern Israel of today.

Statement: Death of Ariel Sharon

Statement: Death of Ariel Sharon Categories: Israel, Media Releases    

Ariel Sharon was a towering figure throughout Israel's history and made powerful, unique contributions to the development of the Jewish State, both as an outstanding, heroic soldier and a transformative, respected - if at times controversial - political figure. Boldness, bravery and capability were

Elements of a "Framework Agreement"

Elements of a "Framework Agreement" Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

With US Secretary of State John Kerry just having left the Mideast region Monday but expected to return next week, this Update looks at the prospects and some of the key issues for the "framework agreement" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that he is reportedly workin

Signs of hope

Signs of hope Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Often when discussing the Arab-Israeli conflict, it is easy to despair, but if we search there are stories waiting to be told about every day people that give us hope and inspiration. Here are some of those stories....

Aspects of Peacemaking Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update contains insightful new articles dealing with three different important issues that will have to be resolved in any Israeli-Palestinian final peace agreement - or even a "framework agreement" of the sort that US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to broker by April.

Dam lies

Dam lies Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Gaza's Hamas government makes wild accusations against Israel all the time, but not all are as easily disproven as the latest one - their claim that Israel had "opened dams" along Gaza's border during the recent winter storm, flooding neighbourhoods and causing thousands of Palestinians to flee thei

The Last Word: The Culture of Dialogue

The Last Word: The Culture of Dialogue Categories: Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

It is not an everyday occurrence to see senior Saudi Arabian government officials speak alongside rabbis based in Israel, prominent Buddhist figures and Indian swamis. But, for the second year in succession, the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural D

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia Categories: Asia, Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Go East. That's the catchphrase Naftali Bennett, Israel's Economics and Commerce Minister has chosen for his new initiative to shift Israel's strategic and trade focus away from its traditional Western European orientation and towards Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Oceania.

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The Bedouin Conundrum

The Bedouin Conundrum Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Nomadism, once a common way of life from Mongolia to America, is fast disappearing worldwide, and Israel is no exception.  Known as Bedouins, Israel's nomads have largely abandoned the camels and tents that had been their hallmarks since the days when Abraham camped in Beersheva. The estimated

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