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AIJAC Statement: Federal Election date Categories: Australasia, Media Releases     Author: Colin Rubenstein

"The scheduling of the Federal Election on Yom Kippur is of course somewhat disappointing, especially for those members of our community - be they politicians, political party members, campaign workers, canvassers, scrutineers or voters - who won't be able to engage on election day as they normally

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Israeli elections: the doomsday merchants proven wrong

Israeli elections: the doomsday merchants proven wrong Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The dust is settling after the election in Israel, and the efforts to establish a stable coalition are well underway. Prior to the election, concerns were raised in the global media and the blogosphere, about the rise of the so-called ultra-nationalist religious right in Israeli politics. Doomsday-

After Israel’'s elections, –where to now?

After Israel’'s elections, –where to now? Categories: Israel, Updates    

With all the ballots counted and the horse-trading beginning to see which parties will join what will almost certainly be a Netanyahu-led governing coalition, today’'s update looks at what it means for the moribund peace process. First up, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowi

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Netanyahu needs friends for action

Netanyahu needs friends for action Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This week's election in Israel has produced a legislature with broad ethnic, gender and ideological diversity, demonstrating yet again the strength and vitality of the Middle East's first genuine democracy. Under its proportional representation system, no party in Israeli history has ever received

The Decline of the Generals

The Decline of the Generals Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

For more than half a century, retired generals have checkered Israel's political scene, and at certain critical junctures even dominated it and shaped the country's course. Fifty-five years after newly retired Chief-of-Staff Moshe Dayan was appointed as Minister for Agriculture, the trend may be fi

Making sense of Israel's election results

Making sense of Israel's election results Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Talia Katz

Contrary to predictions prior to the election by many that Israeli politics is increasingly right-wing, with 99 per cent of the vote already counted the Knesset's character is looking decidedly centrist, with an almost even split predicted in early television exit polling.

Media Microscope: Hagelian Dialectics Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

US President Barack Obama's nomination of controversial former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next Defence-Secretary excited many local America watchers - with pro-Hagel enthusiasts celebrating his views on Israel, Iran, and Iraq while failing to inform readers of his more problematic stances

Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia

Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

For the 12 month period ending September 30, 2012, 543 incidents of "racist violence" (using the definition adopted for more than 20 years by the Federal Government) against Jewish Australians were documented by Jewish organisations in Australia. These incidents included physical assaults, vandalism

The Sinai Powderkeg

The Sinai Powderkeg Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Ehud Yaari

Egypt is the country that counts [in the Middle East]. I lived for years in Egypt but I cannot tell you - and the same goes for my friends in Egypt and I have many - whether Mr. Morsi, the President, sees himself as the ‘Mr. Morsi elected to be President' or as the errand boy of the Muslim Bro

The Appeal of Naftali Bennett

The Appeal of Naftali Bennett Categories: Israel     Author: Andrew Friedman

In many ways, Naftali Bennett is a study in contrasts. He is an unapologetic supporter of Israel's right to settle the open spaces of Judea and Samaria, but he makes his home in Ra'anana, a leafy, upscale town just north of Tel Aviv. He believes Israel should annex Area C, the section of the territo

Bibi's Coalition Calculations

Bibi's Coalition Calculations Categories: Israel     Author: David Makovsky

Anyone who was expecting to know the agenda of Israel's new government on the morning of January 23 was likely to be sorely disappointed, and not only because it will likely take weeks before we know the Knesset's exact composition. Few overarching debates on policy have materialised during this ele

Asia Watch: Sporting colours

Asia Watch: Sporting colours Categories: Asia, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Michael Shannon

Emerging from nearly two decades of military rule, Myanmar has been a largely closed country known mainly for its iconic figure of democratic resistance Aung San Su Kyyi. Recent visitors have been surprised to find that amidst the transition to democracy, one may encounter young men sporting large s

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Scribblings: The "Intimidation" Implication

Scribblings: The "Intimidation" Implication Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the issues that has been raised in the US controversy over the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel as US Defence Secretary is some comments he made in an interview in 2006 that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Washington]." Now in fact, the opposition to Hagel's

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