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Israel's Oscar nominees tell us something about Israeli society

Israel's Oscar nominees tell us something about Israeli society Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

There are two Israeli films among the nominees for the 2013 Academy Award for best Documentary; Dror Moreh's "The Gatekeepers" and Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's "5 Broken Cameras". There is more to this story than the success of a small and modestly-resourced Israeli film industry, and that is its r

Israel's official statement on "Prisoner X" Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates    

AIJAC has obviously been following closely the reporting and speculation - both in Australia and Israel - concerning the case of "Prisoner X" who died in 2010 in an Israeli prison, and is alleged to have been Melbourne-born Australian-Israeli dual citizen Ben Zygier. While we can add little to what

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Egypt's chaos/ West Bank realities

Egypt's chaos/ West Bank realities Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two pieces related to the increasing street violence in Egypt, and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government's response to it, plus an important piece on the sad reality behind the Palestinian Authority's state building efforts in the West Bank, led by Prime Minister

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Israel's crop of fresh political faces

Israel's crop of fresh political faces Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

This past Tuesday, February 5, the 19th Knesset, Israel's parliament, convened for its inaugural session in Jerusalem, and all 120 members pledged their allegiance to the State. The composition of the new Knesset can reveal, and for some affirm, a change in priorities in the national agenda among th

Mr. Obama goes to Jerusalem

Mr. Obama goes to Jerusalem Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

US President Barack Obama has now announced that he will be visiting Israel in March, after coming under some criticism for failing to do so during his first term in office. Details on the visit and what US officials hope will accomplish are reported here. (It is worth noting the White H

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's mission "To set Israel on fire"

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's mission "To set Israel on fire" Categories: Australasia, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Talia Katz

The principle argument being made by opponents of strong action against Iran's nuclear program is that Iran is a "rational" actor, whose regime values survival above all else and a nuclear Iran can be contained just as the Soviet Union was during the Cold War. Now a new report offers yet more evide

Israeli elections: the doomsday merchants proven wrong

Israeli elections: the doomsday merchants proven wrong Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The dust is settling after the election in Israel, and the efforts to establish a stable coalition are well underway. Prior to the election, concerns were raised in the global media and the blogosphere, about the rise of the so-called ultra-nationalist religious right in Israeli politics. Doomsday-

After Israel’'s elections, –where to now?

After Israel’'s elections, –where to now? Categories: Israel, Updates    

With all the ballots counted and the horse-trading beginning to see which parties will join what will almost certainly be a Netanyahu-led governing coalition, today’'s update looks at what it means for the moribund peace process. First up, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowi

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Netanyahu needs friends for action

Netanyahu needs friends for action Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This week's election in Israel has produced a legislature with broad ethnic, gender and ideological diversity, demonstrating yet again the strength and vitality of the Middle East's first genuine democracy. Under its proportional representation system, no party in Israeli history has ever received

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