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Ben-Gurion goes to Beijing

Ben-Gurion goes to Beijing Categories: China, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Surveying the post-war international system in 1952, Israel's founder David Ben-Gurion wrote that European hegemony was on the decline, and that it stood to be replaced eventually by Asia. As would happen with many of his varied insights, this one, too, proved prophetic.

Editorial: The Isolation Myth Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, China, Europe, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners and their supporters like to claim that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated internationally. Israel's supporters also sometimes express concern that the relentless campaign of misinformation and false blame may be having a detrimental effect o

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AIR New Zealand: Moving Pictures to Open Doors

AIR New Zealand: Moving Pictures to Open Doors Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Building bridges with art and culture is a time-honoured tradition. It could be a partnership between musicians from countries in conflict, or a fine art exhibition aiming to break down the gap between different parts of the world. Whatever the form, the arts can serve to create empathy, understandi

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Essay: Tale of a “Traitor”

Essay: Tale of a “Traitor” Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Joshua Muravchik

"Similar to a class traitor," is how one BDS (Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions) activist struggled to explain to another on Twitter the words of Bassem Eid, the Palestinian human rights advocate who has become a forceful voice against the BDS movement. It was not the first time that Eid has been c

Israel’s gas deal at risk?

Israel’s gas deal at risk? Categories: Israel, Middle East, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel's gas finds in the East Mediterranean could set the stage for the Jewish State to become a regional energy powerhouse, creating new strategic and economic opportunities. However, following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling, that potential appears at risk.

Asia Watch: Pronouncements and Pragmatism

Asia Watch: Pronouncements and Pragmatism Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

Fresh from hosting 57 countries over March 13-14 at a special two-day Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on the Palestinian question, Indonesia's diplomatic foray into the issue was set to be symbolically crowned with the opening of an honorary consulate in Ramallah and meetings with P

Lucy in the sky - and down to earth

Lucy in the sky - and down to earth Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israeli Arab journalist Lucy Aharish has been shattering glass ceilings all her life and looks certain to continue to do so. Ms. Aharish is an anchor on Israel's Channel 2 with her own interview show and until recently presented the evening edition on i24news. She is notable as the first Israeli Ara

Deconstruction Zone: Laughing at the Veep

Deconstruction Zone: Laughing at the Veep Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

US Vice President Joe Biden visited Ramallah on March 9, and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and his top officials are laughing their heads off. Why not laugh? Biden arrived in the region hoping to persuade the Palestinian leaders to issue a "condemnation" of the reign of terror,

Scribblings: Myths and Facts about the "Status Quo"

Scribblings: Myths and Facts about the "Status Quo" Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

What a lot of people seem to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict boils down to one word: "occupation". Palestinians are living under occupation, this is seen as the root of the conflict, and ending this situation is seen as synonymous with ending the conflict (never mind that the conflict pr

Russia's Retreat?

Russia's Retreat? Categories: Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

He did it again. After having caught the world off guard last fall by diving head-on into the Syrian civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has now stunned everyone, even his Syrian clients, by announcing a springtime retreat. The Kremlin's statement, made as the five-year-old war's protagonis

The Creation of a Terror Wave

The Creation of a Terror Wave Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Hirsh Goodman

While just one of many hundreds of terrorist incidents perpetrated by Palestinians against Jews over the years, this attack was a moment in time: it marked the start of something new, a "Stealth Intifada", an insidious wave of seemingly un-orchestrated attacks, perpetrated by unlikely assailants, an

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Bibi takes a punt

Bibi takes a punt Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

If it is up to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the controversial casino industry famous for bringing prosperity to places like Las Vegas and Macau is to arrive in Israel, albeit in a limited and constricted way. Then again, his quest faces formidable political opposition which, together with the

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