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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

AIJAC comments on Carr/Hague AUKMIN 2013 Communique

AIJAC comments on Carr/Hague AUKMIN 2013 Communique Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On Friday January 18 at the close of the Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN) conference in Perth, Foreign Minister the Hon Senator Bob Carr and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague released a joint statement on the Middle East peace process, condemning Israel's settlements as "illegal unde

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Video: Ehud Yaari Q & A

Video: Ehud Yaari Q & A Categories: Iran, Israel, Multimedia    

Ehud Yaari, addressed an Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) luncheon in Melbourne on Monday 14 January 2013. This is the Q & A session following his main address on Israeli and Middle East issues.

‘Undecided' voters key to the Knesset

‘Undecided' voters key to the Knesset Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Predicting the outcome of Israeli elections is always tricky, but especially this year, as we witness a late surge by charismatic businessman Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party, which is drawing some support away from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud Beitenu list. Meanwhile, the strength

Insights into the Israeli election campaign

Insights into the Israeli election campaign Categories: Israel, Updates    

Today's Update features three articles on aspects of the Israeli election campaign - and especially devoted to correcting some myths about the campaign and its likely outcome. First up is Barry Rubin, commenting on some strange features of the election campaign, but also the exaggerated

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Media Week - Half-cocked; Nuclear handwringing; Off key; The value of values

Media Week - Half-cocked; Nuclear handwringing; Off key; The value of values Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, United States, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In the Sun-Herald (30/12), Paul McGeough penned a long article devoted to offensively comparing pro-Israel voices concerned over President Barack Obama's possible nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next Defence-Secretary to those Americans who defend their right to own guns i

Iron Dome: A true game changer?

Iron Dome: A true game changer? Categories: Israel     Author: Mitch Ginsburg

Iron Dome is a hero and a comfort for the residents of the south, who, after years of facing rocket fire without protection feel, at last, that they are being taken into account. The anti-rocket system was developed in record time and performs a task that many felt was unfeasible - locating, trackin

Setting Things Straight

Setting Things Straight Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Alan Baker

Now that the dust has settled on the Palestinian UN upgrade bid; now that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has received his applause and kudos from the UN Plenary, from the Europeans, and from many Israelis as the hero and saviour of the Palestinian people; now that the UN General

Bibi in Poll Position

Bibi in Poll Position Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Israel has, in its 65 years, seen some major electoral upsets, most memorably Benjamin Netanyahu's defeat of Shimon Peres in 1996, and Menachem Begin's rise to power in 1977. No one is expecting a comparable upset in the general election scheduled for Jan. 22. As things currently appear, the main s

Asia Watch: Two Tracks

Asia Watch: Two Tracks Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesia's public stance towards Israel - established by a long precedent - is still characterised by loud, almost ritualistic denunciations and rejections, yet equally established is the precedent of pragmatic, private flirtations, including the constant stream of tourists and visits by influentia

Scribblings: What Palestinians want Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal made international headlines on Dec. 7 when he made a particularly uncompromising speech in Gaza promising never to recognise Israel and to liberate all of Palestine "from the river to the sea" via armed "resistance". It's worth specifically parsing what he had to say abo

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Editorial: A Wrong Turn Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The United Nations General Assembly vote on November 29, upgrading the Palestinian mission at the UN to the status of an "observer state" was a unilateral move which violated a core tenet of the Oslo Accords, stipulating that neither party would attempt to unilaterally change the legal status of the

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