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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

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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

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

The Decline of the Generals

The Decline of the Generals Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

For more than half a century, retired generals have checkered Israel's political scene, and at certain critical junctures even dominated it and shaped the country's course. Fifty-five years after newly retired Chief-of-Staff Moshe Dayan was appointed as Minister for Agriculture, the trend may be fi

Making sense of Israel's election results

Making sense of Israel's election results Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Talia Katz

Contrary to predictions prior to the election by many that Israeli politics is increasingly right-wing, with 99 per cent of the vote already counted the Knesset's character is looking decidedly centrist, with an almost even split predicted in early television exit polling.

The Sinai Powderkeg

The Sinai Powderkeg Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Ehud Yaari

Egypt is the country that counts [in the Middle East]. I lived for years in Egypt but I cannot tell you - and the same goes for my friends in Egypt and I have many - whether Mr. Morsi, the President, sees himself as the ‘Mr. Morsi elected to be President' or as the errand boy of the Muslim Bro

The Appeal of Naftali Bennett

The Appeal of Naftali Bennett Categories: Israel     Author: Andrew Friedman

In many ways, Naftali Bennett is a study in contrasts. He is an unapologetic supporter of Israel's right to settle the open spaces of Judea and Samaria, but he makes his home in Ra'anana, a leafy, upscale town just north of Tel Aviv. He believes Israel should annex Area C, the section of the territo

Bibi's Coalition Calculations

Bibi's Coalition Calculations Categories: Israel     Author: David Makovsky

Anyone who was expecting to know the agenda of Israel's new government on the morning of January 23 was likely to be sorely disappointed, and not only because it will likely take weeks before we know the Knesset's exact composition. Few overarching debates on policy have materialised during this ele

Scribblings: The "Intimidation" Implication

Scribblings: The "Intimidation" Implication Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the issues that has been raised in the US controversy over the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel as US Defence Secretary is some comments he made in an interview in 2006 that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Washington]." Now in fact, the opposition to Hagel's

Editorial: After the Ballot, the Hard Part Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The ballots have been counted for Israel's 19th Knesset, and Israelis have demonstrated once again why the Middle East's first genuine democracy is still the most mature and successful - a country where every citizen, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or political persuasion has an equal opp

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