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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

Editorial: After the Ballot, the Hard Part Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The ballots have been counted for Israel's 19th Knesset, and Israelis have demonstrated once again why the Middle East's first genuine democracy is still the most mature and successful - a country where every citizen, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or political persuasion has an equal opp

AIJAC comments on Carr/Hague AUKMIN 2013 Communique

AIJAC comments on Carr/Hague AUKMIN 2013 Communique Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On Friday January 18 at the close of the Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN) conference in Perth, Foreign Minister the Hon Senator Bob Carr and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague released a joint statement on the Middle East peace process, condemning Israel's settlements as "illegal unde

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Video: Ehud Yaari Q & A

Video: Ehud Yaari Q & A Categories: Iran, Israel, Multimedia    

Ehud Yaari, addressed an Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) luncheon in Melbourne on Monday 14 January 2013. This is the Q & A session following his main address on Israeli and Middle East issues.

‘Undecided' voters key to the Knesset

‘Undecided' voters key to the Knesset Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Predicting the outcome of Israeli elections is always tricky, but especially this year, as we witness a late surge by charismatic businessman Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party, which is drawing some support away from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud Beitenu list. Meanwhile, the strength

Insights into the Israeli election campaign

Insights into the Israeli election campaign Categories: Israel, Updates    

Today's Update features three articles on aspects of the Israeli election campaign - and especially devoted to correcting some myths about the campaign and its likely outcome. First up is Barry Rubin, commenting on some strange features of the election campaign, but also the exaggerated

Abbas goes Radical

Abbas goes Radical Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

In a speech on January 4, marking the occasion of the anniversary of Fatah's establishment, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President and leader of both the PLO and the Fatah movement, expressed a political vision about the aspirations for the future of Palestinians. The speech was described b

Iran's war on human rights

Iran's war on human rights Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the Iranian regime's violent crackdown on Iranians who protested the June 2009 election result, Iran's repression continued against anyone deemed to be a supporter of the ‘velvet revolution'.  As a result, citizens who dare to speak out against Iran's violation of human rights i

Media Week - Half-cocked; Nuclear handwringing; Off key; The value of values

Media Week - Half-cocked; Nuclear handwringing; Off key; The value of values Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, United States, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In the Sun-Herald (30/12), Paul McGeough penned a long article devoted to offensively comparing pro-Israel voices concerned over President Barack Obama's possible nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next Defence-Secretary to those Americans who defend their right to own guns i

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