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Behind The News - June 2015 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

The annual report of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights says human rights for people living in the Palestinian-controlled areas in the West Bank and Gaza are the worst they have been for years. It said that several people died in Hamas detention, that Hamas killed 16 prisoners d

Deconstruction Zone: Return or Die?

Deconstruction Zone: Return or Die? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations     Author: Alexander Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky

Faced with the suffering of their own people, the Palestinians recently decided not to help. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas rejected a deal with Israel brokered by the United Nations that would allow Palestinian refugees living in Syria to resettle in the West Bank and Gaza. Abba

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Bibi's Diminished Victory

Bibi's Diminished Victory Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Having surprised everyone with a decisive electoral victory in March, Binyamin Netanyahu seemed to have all but lost its fruits by May. In what will surely be recalled as one of the most unpredicted moves in the history of Israeli politics, Netanyahu's former aide and longtime ally Avigdor Lieberma

Editorial: Bibi's Coalition of the Willing Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last December, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the head of a centre-right government of 68 members in the 120-seat Knesset, called for new elections following disputes with several key coalition members. On March 17, Netanyahu's Likud party emerged as the clear winner, with a seemingly co

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Netanyahu likely to seek to broaden his narrow coalition

Netanyahu likely to seek to broaden his narrow coalition Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last December, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of a centre-right government of 68 members in the 120-seat Knesset, called for new elections after disputes with several coalition members. On March 17, Netanyahu's Likud party emerged as the clear winner, with a seemingly comfortabl

Israel's new narrow coalition government

Israel's new narrow coalition government Categories: Israel, Updates    

As readers are probably aware, on Wednesday night, incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu succeeded in forming a narrow, one-seat majority coalition, just beating a constitutional deadline by an hour or two, following his March election win. This Update explains the make

Israel and its Arab allies

Israel and its Arab allies Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As the Middle East erupts in sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia powers and terrorist groups threaten state borders and security, increasingly Israel's Arab neighbours - and especially the younger generation - appear to be realising that Israel is not the biggest threat in the region and that

Israel in the frontline in Nepal

Israel in the frontline in Nepal Categories: Asia, Israel, Updates     Author: Anthony Orkin

In times of humanitarian crises anywhere in the world, Israel has developed a reputation of having unique expertise in offering much-needed assistance - particularly in terms of search and rescue and emergency medicine - more quickly than anyone else. This was exemplified by the fact that, as of Mon

Media Microscope: Dealing with it Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The P5+1's preliminary deal with Iran over the latter's nuclear program certainly kicked off a chain reaction of discussion and coverage in the media. Australian Financial Review International Editor Tony Walker's analysis on April 2 backed the deal because "anything that limits Iran's ‘break

Essay: The UN's Staff Secret

Essay: The UN's Staff Secret Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: Hillel Neuer

For more than five years, the question of who exactly authored the UN's 2009 Goldstone Report has been an enduring mystery. The report, written under the auspices of South African Judge Richard Goldstone, was a shocking 500-page indictment of Israel that accused its political and military leadership

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Will nuclear deal lead to a unity government in Israel?

Will nuclear deal lead to a unity government in Israel? Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Having been told that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu equated Iran's anti-Israeli ploys with a biblical Persian anti-Jewish plot commemorated during the Jewish holiday of Purim, Mohammed Zarif said: "He even distorts his own scripture." In the Iranian Foreign Minister's narrative, it turned out,

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