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The State of Iraq Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

The situation in Iraq continues to be trending in largely positive directions, despite the occasional major act of violence, with even the venerable Associated Press concluding that US-led coalition forces there are now "winning"...

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Essay: At the Core Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Martin Kramer

It is obvious that conflict involving Israel is not the longest, or the bloodiest, or the most widespread of the region's conflicts. In large part, these many conflicts are symptoms of the same malaise: The absence of a Middle Eastern order, to replace the old Islamic and European empires.

Lessons and Learning Categories: Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As thousands followed the coffins of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, whose bodies arrived in Israel two years after the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, a sense of sobriety, introspection and catharsis descended on the Jewish state.

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Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is the issue Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IN the nuclear crisis with Iran, the focus of the international community must be to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state, full stop. It is cavalier and dangerous to assume that we can "manage" the threats from a nuclear armed Iran by strategies such as deterrence.

The New Reality in Iraq/ Oil Prices and the Middle East Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update offers some new and very optimistic assessments of the situation in Iraq. First up, if you haven't seen it in today's Australian, don't miss academic military experts Kimberley and Frederick Kagan, together with retired senior US General Jack Keane's report in the Wall Street Journal on

Myth busting Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

It's time to debunk some myths. Israel did not replace or destroy any country. It did not prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. The Palestinian refugee crisis occurred because of the actions of Palestinian and other Arab fighters.

Israel and Syria / Arab World reacts to Olmert's legal problems Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Multimedia, Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update contains some more differing analysis and opinion on the new indirect Israeli-Syrian talks. First up, top Israeli journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi explains the sceptical view that appears to be predominant in Israel about the talks and the prospects of an Israeli-Syrian agreem

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