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Essay: The Birth of the Terror Selfie

Essay: The Birth of the Terror Selfie Categories: Israel, Lebanon     Author: Matti Friedman

This fall and winter have seen many of us here in Israel consuming a miserable kind of reality TV: blurry clips of young Palestinian Muslims with knives seeking release in murder and martyrdom, lunging, stabbing, falling stricken to the ground, the action captured by cellphones or security cameras;

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What 1961 can teach us about 2016

What 1961 can teach us about 2016 Categories: Israel, Speeches, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

It's particularly worthwhile from time to time, in an effort to better understand the core issues in the conflict, to revisit key source materials and policy statements during the period after the 1948 War of Independence and before the Six Day War of 1967 - before the IDF controlled even a centimet

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Biblio File: Water Superpower

Biblio File: Water Superpower Categories: Israel     Author: Simona Weinglass

In the 1930s British economists predicted that all of Palestine - including today's Gaza, Israel and the West Bank, had enough water to sustain 2 million people. Today, the area is home to more than 12 million people, a feat that Siegel attributes in large part to Israel's first-class water planning

The View from a Settlement

The View from a Settlement Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Andrew Friedman

Stepping into the Rami Levi supermarket at the Gush Etzion junction on consecutive Thursday nights nowadays feels like a scene out of the American old west... A wave of stabbing and shooting attacks at the junction in recent weeks has left five people dead and several more wounded, and everybody loo

Rudeness to Palestinians? It's about incitement

Rudeness to Palestinians? It's about incitement Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

As anyone who regularly reads AIJAC's blogs would be aware, incitement and glorification of terrorism to Palestinian society - including and especially children - is unfortunately a way of life in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza (see here, here and here). For the most part, this incitement is un

The 2014 Gaza War: Top military leaders say Israel “met and in some respects exceeded the highest standards” in its military conduct

The 2014 Gaza War: Top military leaders say Israel “met and in some respects exceeded the highest standards” in its military conduct Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The High Level Military Group (HLMG) report is a thorough assessment of the conduct of the Israel defence forces during the 2014 conflict with Gaza. Authored by military experts and professionals with in depth knowledge and experience in warfare and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), it concluded tha

No business like spy business

No business like spy business Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As a veteran of Mossad operations, unlike some of his predecessors whose expertise was in other departments, Cohen is expected to crave action. Then again, over the past two years he has undergone a diplomatic internship as Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's National Security Advisor.

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Diplomacy of Destruction

Diplomacy of Destruction Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eran Lerman

Saeb Erekat is a unique phenomenon in the Palestinian orbit. For years, he has played the dual role of negotiator-in-chief for Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and propagandist par excellence for the regimes of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas. History will yet record his abysmal diplomatic role in th

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