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Australia's Jerusalem stance welcomed in Israel, Washington, mostly ignored in Arab world

Australia's Jerusalem stance welcomed in Israel, Washington, mostly ignored in Arab world Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Attorney General George Brandis' and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's recent terminological clarification - that the Abbott Government would not refer to east Jerusalem with any pejorative descriptor, and explicitly not "Occupied East Jerusalem" - was welcomed in the Israeli press but drew limited at

East Jerusalem and semantic rabbit holes

East Jerusalem and semantic rabbit holes Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty told Alice "when I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." Alice retorted: "The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things." More than 140 years after Lewis Carroll's masterpiece wa

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Modi and Israel: Both winners in the Indian election?

Modi and Israel: Both winners in the Indian election? Categories: India, Israel, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Last month saw the biggest electoral victory in India for 30 years. Narendra Modi, a proven state Minister and the face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ousted the Congress Party on the promise of major reforms to revive the Indian economy, despite controversy over his role in ethnic violence in

The Last Word: Source-ry

The Last Word: Source-ry Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Reading the reviews and commentaries of the recent publication by the Foreign Minister in the government which was ejected by voters at the 2013 Federal election, then Senator Bob Carr, I note one common assumption seems to be that the writer was telling the truth, or something close to it, in his a

Media Microscope: Carr's Ride Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

On balance, most commentators rejected the accusation Bob Carr made in his published diary of his stint as Australian Foreign Minister - alleging that Melbourne's Jewish leadership, in particular AIJAC, exercised an "unhealthy" influence on Prime Minister Julia Gillard regarding Australia's Israel-P

The Biblio File: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit

The Biblio File: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Sol Stern

Ari Shavit's My Promised Land may well be the most commercially successful, yet also critically acclaimed book by an Israeli writer explaining his country's complicated history to English-speaking readers. Some of this adulation is well deserved. Shavit is the most talented Israeli journalist of hi

Presidential Parlour Games

Presidential Parlour Games Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Following a seven-year term in which he rehabilitated the Israeli presidency and became the country's public darling and the world's elder statesman, 90-year-old Shimon Peres is ready to pass on the baton, come July 15. The politicians, however, are not ready. Nine candidates are vying for the cere

Decision Time

Decision Time Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

As narratives about the root causes of the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations take shape, US leaders have a major decision to make about whether to disengage from diplomacy or deepen involvement in less high-profile ways. The contours of that choice emerge from a detailed, impassioned, and

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The Deep UN

The Deep UN Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ben Cohen

The April reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority's dominant Fatah faction and the Islamist Hamas movement has come as a shock to many. It shouldn't have. In the weeks before the deal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had already taken steps with a profoundly negative

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