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The Legacy of Ariel Sharon

The Legacy of Ariel Sharon Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update features three pieces reflecting on the legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died over the weekend after eight years in a coma. We lead with Washington Institute for Near East Policy expert David Pollock. His article's main point is to explore how Sharon

Bulldozer who guided Israel from centre

Bulldozer who guided Israel from centre Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

THE passing of Ariel Sharon, Israel's first truly centrist prime minister, is a watershed event in Israel's history, as he served in a unique capacity as the pivotal bridge between Israel's founding generation and political landscape and the mature and modern Israel of today.

Statement: Death of Ariel Sharon

Statement: Death of Ariel Sharon Categories: Israel, Media Releases    

Ariel Sharon was a towering figure throughout Israel's history and made powerful, unique contributions to the development of the Jewish State, both as an outstanding, heroic soldier and a transformative, respected - if at times controversial - political figure. Boldness, bravery and capability were

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Elements of a "Framework Agreement"

Elements of a "Framework Agreement" Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

With US Secretary of State John Kerry just having left the Mideast region Monday but expected to return next week, this Update looks at the prospects and some of the key issues for the "framework agreement" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that he is reportedly workin

Signs of hope

Signs of hope Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Often when discussing the Arab-Israeli conflict, it is easy to despair, but if we search there are stories waiting to be told about every day people that give us hope and inspiration. Here are some of those stories....

Aspects of Peacemaking Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update contains insightful new articles dealing with three different important issues that will have to be resolved in any Israeli-Palestinian final peace agreement - or even a "framework agreement" of the sort that US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to broker by April.

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Dam lies

Dam lies Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Gaza's Hamas government makes wild accusations against Israel all the time, but not all are as easily disproven as the latest one - their claim that Israel had "opened dams" along Gaza's border during the recent winter storm, flooding neighbourhoods and causing thousands of Palestinians to flee thei

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia Categories: Asia, Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Go East. That's the catchphrase Naftali Bennett, Israel's Economics and Commerce Minister has chosen for his new initiative to shift Israel's strategic and trade focus away from its traditional Western European orientation and towards Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Oceania.

The Bedouin Conundrum

The Bedouin Conundrum Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Nomadism, once a common way of life from Mongolia to America, is fast disappearing worldwide, and Israel is no exception.  Known as Bedouins, Israel's nomads have largely abandoned the camels and tents that had been their hallmarks since the days when Abraham camped in Beersheva. The estimated

Geneva: Beyond the Hype

Geneva: Beyond the Hype Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

The blockbuster nuclear deal reached early on the morning of Nov. 24 in Geneva between Iran and the US-led coalition is both less and more consequential than early reports suggested. And there is a good chance that its real value - whether it prevents Iran's nuclear ambitions or inadvertently opens

Securing Peace

Securing Peace Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ron Ben Yishai

US Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings in Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) over the second week of December - focussed on US proposals for security arrangements for a final agreement - were historic. That can be said without fear of overstatement and even without knowing all the detail

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When debating policy on Iran's illegal nuclear program, one argument that always gets raised is the supposed "double standard" of forcing Iran to give up its efforts to build nuclear weapons when Israel is believed to have nuclear weapons capabilities. Morally, the question is not that hard to addr

Editorial: Israel - “Lighthouse Nation” Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It is well known that Israel, uniquely among all the world's countries, is frequently singled out for ridiculously unequal treatment in international bodies. This might give the impression that Israel is some type of international pariah nation, and this is certainly the impression that its enemies

ABC, terrorists aren't soldiers

ABC, terrorists aren't soldiers Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a special year-end edition of ABC's Correspondents Report, host Elizabeth Jackson took her staff on the air with her for a "behind the scenes" look at the program and gave them a chance to discuss some of their favourite segments of the past year. During the segment, Jackson recalled the most me

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