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IDF signals its red lines in Syria

IDF signals its red lines in Syria Categories: Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Yaakov Amidror

Thanks to years of diplomacy between Moscow and Jerusalem, constant dialogue has been maintained to prevent a situation where the Kremlin is surprised by an Israeli move. Israel truly values this relationship and acts to safeguard it, both in cases where Russia does not approve of Israeli moves and

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The Kurdistan referendum – the aftermath

The Kurdistan referendum – the aftermath Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

As discussed here on FreshAIR a few weeks ago, despite significant opposition, Iraq's Kurds proceeded on 25 September with an independence referendum resulting in an overwhelming ‘yes' vote of 93%. The referendum was opposed with near-unanimity from multiple countries, including most prominen

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Assad is Winning

Assad is Winning Categories: Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

What until two years ago seemed like the younger Assad's imminent collapse has now given way to his apparent victory. While this development has its positive elements, especially in terms of ending the terrible bloodshed in Syria, from Israel's viewpoint it is alarming.

Why the winner in Syria is ... Iran

Why the winner in Syria is ... Iran Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

A flurry of diplomatic activity is currently taking place in the Syrian and Iraqi arenas. While the moves are occurring on separate and superficially unrelated fronts, taken together they produce an emergent picture. That picture is of two camps, one of which works as a united force on essential int

Israeli PM in Mexico and Colombia

Israeli PM in Mexico and Colombia Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made history as the first Israeli PM to visit Latin America. My earlier blog post looked at Netanyahu's historic visit to Argentina - this one reviews the Israeli PM's subsequent travels to Colombia and Mexico where friendships were reinforced and

Israeli PM’s historic visit to Latin America

Israeli PM’s historic visit to Latin America Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Argentina on Monday - the first visit by an Israeli leader to the region since Israel's creation in 1948. Netanyahu is also visiting Colombia and Mexico before travelling to New York, where he will address the UN General Assembly. 

Biblio File: Getting Settled

Biblio File: Getting Settled Categories: Israel     Author: Evelyn Gordon

Sara Yael Hirschhorn's City on a Hilltop starts with two eminently reasonable premises. First: If you want to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you must understand Israeli settlers, since they're one of the players. Second: If you want to understand the settlers, you must move beyond the

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Former Australian Middle East correspondent John Lyons' often one-dimensional and factually-challenged memoir, Balcony over Jerusalem, detailing his six-year stint in Israel, generated considerable TV and print coverage. Media interest homed in on the book's wild accusations that Australian Jews, i

Essay: The Path to Self-Righteous Hatred

Essay: The Path to Self-Righteous Hatred Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Palmer

Among Palestine's progressive supporters... we are seeing a manifestation of the same perverse phenomenon George Orwell had observed among Western Stalinists at the end of the Second World War. Communism was believed by its adherents to be a more ethical and just system than capitalism and nothing C

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

New Zealand elections have never hinged around foreign policy, and this one is no exception. This leaves Jewish Kiwis who are keen to get a handle on where prospective parties might sit with regard to Israel, rising antisemitism, and the controversy over New Zealand's co-sponsorship of one-sided an

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Israel and the UN: A new page?

Israel and the UN: A new page? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Gareth Narunsky

In September 2016, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stood at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly and declared that "Israel has a bright future at the UN". He also declared "the war against Israel at the UN is over" and that "a decade from now an Israeli prime minister will st

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