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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

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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

Behind the News - December 2016

Behind the News - December 2016 Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

With Ismail Haniyeh set to replace Khaled Mashaal as head of Hamas' political bureau in Qatar, reclusive Hamas official Imad al-Alami has reportedly been temporarily appointed to take over from Haniyeh in leading the terror group in Gaza. Born in Gaza, al-Alami lived for several years in Teheran an

A diplomatic opportunity? Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Zalman Shoval

The results of these elections do not necessarily indicate a complete overhaul of basic American policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trump will perhaps declare his recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, something his predecessors should have done a long time ago.

Three things Israelis will be looking at

Three things Israelis will be looking at Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Shany Mor

It would be reckless to predict what Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election portends for the US-Israel relationship because it would be reckless to predict what Trump's victory means for America itself. There are a few trends worth keeping our eyes on, however.

Deconstruction Zone: Pardon my imposition Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eran Lerman

The notion that an externally imposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is viable and ultimately in Israel's best interest is sheer folly. It proceeds from a set of wrong assumptions: that the failure to achieve a breakthrough is entirely Israel's fault ("the settlements," etc.); that a s

Scribblings: Donald Trump and Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Donald Trump said some extreme and ridiculous things on the campaign trial on his way to winning the US Presidency - but some coverage is treating as extreme and ridiculous something he said which is not only sensible but completely mainstream. This is his promise to move the US Embassy in Israel fr

Be'er Sheva in Bondi

Be'er Sheva in Bondi Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Defence cooperation between Australian and Israel has taken a major step forward with the release late last month of a joint report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Israel-based Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA). The report, "The Wattle and the Olive", was c

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From Obama to Trump

From Obama to Trump Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Change sweeping across the Middle East has prompted several Sunni Arab states to engage more closely with Israel. Shared strategic threats - the grow Binyamin Netanyahu kept a straight face as news of Donald Trump's victory astonished the world.

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