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Israel talks Turkey

Israel talks Turkey Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

During his visit to Israel in March, US President Barack Obama arranged a dramatic telephone call on March 22 between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Erdogan. Netanyahu spoke of Israel's "regret for certain operational errors" in the commando assault on the Mavi Marmara. Compensation,

Yair Lapid's Moment of Truth

Yair Lapid's Moment of Truth Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Experts agree that the Israeli economy, while suffering no major illness, is nonetheless in need of some bitter preventive treatment if it is to avoid serious ailments down the road. At the heart of the situation that Finance Minister Yair Lapid inherited yawns a 4.2%-of-GDP budget deficit, the resu

A 65-Year Miracle?

A 65-Year Miracle? Categories: Israel     Author: Isi Leibler

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, an ingathering of the exiles took place with Jews from all over the globe flocking to find haven in the newly established Jewish state. There, against all odds, they bonded together into a melting pot of Shoah survivors, refugees fleeing persecution in Arab coun

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Scribblings: Israel's Emotional Rollercoaster Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the most interesting and original aspects of Israeli national culture has been the coupling of Israel's Independence Day, Yom Haatzmaut, with the memorial day for victims of war and terrorism, Yom Hazikaron. Yom Hazikaron, is the 4th of Iyyar in the Jewish calendar, one day before Yom Haatzma

A sixty-five year miracle?

A sixty-five year miracle? Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Today, Israel celebrates the 65th anniversary of its independence (Yom Haatzmaut). On 14 May 1948, the day in which the British Mandate over Palestine expired, the Jewish People's Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum, and David Ben Gurion who became Israel's first Prime Minister, read out the St

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Obama, Israel and the "Jewish Lobby"

Obama, Israel and the "Jewish Lobby" Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Talia Katz

Barack Obama's first visit to Israel as President last month has been widely analysed in the context of the Israel-Palestinian peace process and in terms of other regional security concerns, with a particular focus on the sometimes rocky relationship he shares with Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu. How

Media Week - No experience necessary?; Flotilla details sink; McGeough shrugs; Doubting Thomas; One among the pack; Relationships advice

Media Week - No experience necessary?; Flotilla details sink; McGeough shrugs; Doubting Thomas; One among the pack; Relationships advice Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Turkey, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Ahead of PM Julia Gillard's cabinet reshuffle Michael Danby's name was touted in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald (March 25) as a potential foreign affairs parliamentary secretary (in the end he got the gig for the Arts instead). Danby of course has excellent foreign policy credentials...Unfortuna

The Last Word: A Fantasy Visit to Israel

The Last Word: A Fantasy Visit to Israel Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Gil Troy

"I'd love to sit at a cafe and just hang out," President Barack Obama told Israel's Channel 2 on March 14. Obama confessed: "Sometimes I have this fantasy that I can put on a disguise and wear a fake mustache." He mused about wandering Tel Aviv and meeting university students casually. In that spiri

Media Microscope: Intelligence Scared Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The tragic death of Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier continued to play out in the media long past the initial revelations on February 14, and much coverage contained speculation on whether Australian Jews could feel warmly toward Israel and remain loyal to Australia.

Essay: A Lapse into Seriousness

Essay: A Lapse into Seriousness Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Few outside of certain circles would be aware that a draft of the report by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (‘OHCHR') to the UN Human Rights Council (‘HRC') on last year's Gaza conflict was released in March. Any report that the HRC releases on Israel should im

Bibi's Third Government

Bibi's Third Government Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It took six weeks to hatch, and it is probably not quite the baby Binyamin Netanyahu had in mind when he called January's early election. Yet the coalition with which he is embarking on his third premiership - sworn in on March 18 - looks likely to prove the most reformist.

Change drives Israel coalition

Change drives Israel coalition Categories: Israel, Op-eds, United States     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The new Israeli coalition government - sworn in after weeks of negotiations only two days before the US President' arrival - was indeed an achievement, and one the President should be able to appreciate. Just as Obama was elected on a platform of "hope and change" an appropriate way to describe the

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