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Essay: The KGB and the PLO

Essay: The KGB and the PLO Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Terrorism     Author: Ronen Bergman

The genesis of the KGB's developing ties with Palestinian terror organisations can be traced back to the end of the 1960s. The Soviet spy agency had code names for the different factions making up the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO): Fatah, the main movement led by Yasser Arafat, was dubbed

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"Adir" in the Sky

"Adir" in the Sky Categories: Israel     Author: Yiftah Shapir

On December 12, 2016, the first two F-35A jet fighters (dubbed "Adir," a word meaning "mighty" or "awesome" in Hebrew) landed in Israel. This is a major milestone in the long process of accepting the aircraft into Israel Air Force service, a process that began in 2008, when Israel first applied for

The Aftermath of UNSC Resolution 2334

The Aftermath of UNSC Resolution 2334 Categories: Israel, United Nations, Updates    

This Update deals with the implications and aftermath of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC) 2334 (the text of the resolution is here) , which passed 14-0 with the US abstaining, on Dec. 23. The controversial resolution condemns Israel over settlements, and has a number of other provisions likely

Deconstruction Zone: Demographic Doomsday for Israel?

Deconstruction Zone: Demographic Doomsday for Israel? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Gregg Roman

Critics of Israel love to exploit Jewish fears and anxieties. The most extreme resort to Holocaust inversion, boycotts, blacklists, and other singling-out methods reminiscent of Europe's antisemitic past. US Secretary of State John Kerry likes to wave around the threat of Israel's demographic extinc

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A Refugee Problem with a Message

A Refugee Problem with a Message Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Einat Wilf & Adi Schwartz

Anyone who wants to understand why the conflict between the Zionist movement and the Palestinian Arabs has been going on for over 100 years won't find the answer in learned discussions of the question as to whether a quarter, a third or half of the Arabs were expelled during the 1948 War of Independ

An Unsettling Bill

An Unsettling Bill Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

A cluster of houses on a hilltop 70 metres under this peak has become a civic battlefield involving, besides the 40 families it houses, politicians, judges, activists and diplomats who sprawl from Jerusalem and Ramallah to Brussels and New York. Named Amona, the community's distinction is not in it

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard

AIR New Zealand: Changing of the Guard Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

It's rare for a sitting prime minister to resign in New Zealand. It is unheard of for a sitting prime minister who is at the top of his game and riding high in the leader polls to do so. But, one fine day in November, that is just what New Zealand's now former Prime Minister John Key did...The forme

Scribblings: From the KGB to Antisemitic anti-Zionism

Scribblings: From the KGB to Antisemitic anti-Zionism Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Russia     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The KGB and politburo heads saw the Zionist and Jewish movements as a clear, immediate and real danger to world peace and to the integrity of the Soviet empire - "a danger which is only second to the main enemy, the United States." And as farfetched as this may sound, they really believed in the Pro

Trump's controversial ambassadorial pick

Trump's controversial ambassadorial pick Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at US President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that David Friedman is his pick for the next US Ambassador to Israel. Friedman has worked for Trump as a legal adviser for many years and holds a range of positions on Israel that are markedly different to the outgoin

Editorial: Destructive Traditions Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, does involvement of the United Nations help or hinder peacemaking? It's a question policymakers who sincerely want a genuine two-state resolution should be asking, as the Palestinian leadership pushes for a UN Security Council resolution to advance

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Noted and Quoted - December 2016 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia    

The Federal Court's dismissal of a racial vilification charge under Section 18C against three Queensland University of Technology students, and developments in the case against Australian cartoonist Bill Leak, reenergised the debate on the merits of the 20-year-old civil legislation - with PM Malcol

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