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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

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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

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,

An Iran deal and the test of reality

An Iran deal and the test of reality Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Yaakov Amidror

The nuclear framework agreement reached between Iran and world powers, namely the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, on April 2, was defined by US President Barack Obama as an "historic understanding," while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu defined the deal as "bad."  

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Deal or No Deal?

Deal or No Deal? Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Amos Yadlin

The parameters of the future, comprehensive agreement between Iran and the world powers, as made public by the US Administration in early April, highlight the problematic nature of the ostensible agreement between Iran and the P5+1. The coming three months promise continued negotiations that are mea

Israel at 67 - trailblazing into the future

Israel at 67 - trailblazing into the future Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

One of the highlights of last week's Israel's Independence Day festivities was the official torch lighting ceremony at Jerusalem's Mt Herzl. Honoured this year were people considered to be innovators and trailblazers in their respective fields.

Russia’s S-300 delivery to Iran - is it a game changer, as Iran steps up support for Hamas and Hezbollah?

Russia’s S-300 delivery to Iran - is it a game changer, as Iran steps up support for Hamas and Hezbollah? Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Russia's decision to transfer the advanced S-300 air-defence system to Iran could be a "game changer". The S-300 would significantly bolster Iran's military capability, as one of the most powerful air-defence systems in the world, which would make it much more difficult for Israel or the US to strik

A Jerusalem-Beijing ‘Expressway'?

A Jerusalem-Beijing ‘Expressway'? Categories: China, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Since Washington blocked some controversial Israeli arms sales to China in the late 1990s, Jerusalem and Beijing have progressively developed and deepened their economic, commercial and cultural ties. Israeli priorities are primarily bilateral, while China's eager demand for Israeli technology and k

Media Microscope: Bringing up Bibi Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Overwhelmingly, media coverage of Binyamin Netanyahu's re-election framed the comments he made in the lead up to election day as a convenient hook to explain why a two-state resolution is in limbo. This was largely achieved by misreporting or excluding critical sections of Netanyahu's actual remark

Essay: Paradigm Shift

Essay: Paradigm Shift Categories: Israel     Author: Evelyn Gordon

Nowadays, it's become virtually accepted wisdom that Israel is becoming increasingly right-wing, and that this shift constitutes a major obstacle to peace... A popular corollary of this thesis is that Israel, as it moves rightward, is becoming less democratic, less respectful of civil rights, and le

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Obama and Bibi need to sort out their differences

Obama and Bibi need to sort out their differences Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

It's time for an intervention. Friends of the US-Israel relationship shouldn't let their leaders drive drunk on confidence. If they do, they may inadvertently steer a precious alliance right off the cliff. Yet right now, US President Barack Obama and Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu are each empowered

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