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Scribblings: Israel and the Shoah

Scribblings: Israel and the Shoah Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Debate about Israel often leads back to the Shoah, the World War II Nazi Holocaust. The Holocaust is of course a constant background for many Jews both in Israel and out - an horrific presence, but also an important source of shared experience, and nation building, as well as the ultimate argument f

Editorial: Last Chance Diplomacy Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Following a period of increased international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, the P5+1 nudged Iran back to the negotiating table on April 13. The two-day talks, held in Istanbul, yielded little but an agreement to resume talks in five weeks time, on May 23 in Baghdad. Whether you a

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ANZAC Day and Yom Ha-Zikaron

ANZAC Day and Yom Ha-Zikaron Categories: Israel     Author: Or Avi-Guy

On the morning of April 25 people all around Australia will decorate their lapels with red poppies as they commemorate ANZAC Day. At the same time (give or take a few time zones) a much smaller nation, both demographically and geographically, will commemorate its own memorial day, as this year ANZAC

 Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Thursday, Israel will turn 64. It therefore seems appropriate to reflect on some of the remarkable achievements this small country has racked up in that relatively short time. Little Israel, a third the size of Tasmania, is now a global leader in technology, especially in cleantech. Without plen

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The Truth About Settlement Growth

The Truth About Settlement Growth Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

During a recent CNN interview, former Israeli Prime Minister and current Defence Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak noted that the all too common perception of an historically high rate of settlement expansion taking place is just wrong - not a single new settlement has been built under the current Neta

Easter in Jerusalem

Easter in Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Each year thousands of Christians make their way to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter. Israel's Tourism Ministry expects 125,000 visitors during Holy Week and 300,000 throughout April. Over the weekend as Catholics and Anglicans celebrated Easter, there were media reports that claimed many Palestinian

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Syria     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The question has arisen over Israel's position on the appalling situation in Syria, where the lives of over 9,000 civilians have been claimed in a crackdown on protesters and an insurrection by opposition groups. Some commentators have unfairly interpreted the Israeli government's comparative silen

Israel's new Opposition leader

Israel's new Opposition leader Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The triumph of Shaul Mofaz, a former Israel Defence Forces Chief of Staff and Defence Minister (for a bio of Mofaz see here) over former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in the Kadima party primaries this week has sparked a flurry of commentary and reactions inside Israel. Widely noted by pundits

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

On a family rip back to Australia, Gidon Bromberg, an Australian environmental activist now living in Israel, picked up a copy of Chris Hammer's book The River: A Journey Through The Murray-Darling. Bromberg was inspired by Hammer's description of the process that led to the Federal Government

Israel and US debate Red Lines on Iran

Israel and US debate Red Lines on Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Michael Herzog

The March 5 summit between US President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu marked an important milestone in the US-Israeli decision-making process on Iran's nuclear program. The meeting helped clarify positions and narrow gaps, yet significant differences remain to be addressed in t

New Delhi Dalliance

New Delhi Dalliance Categories: India, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Twenty years after establishing full diplomatic relations, India has formed a cordial network of Israeli bilateral ties aimed primarily at upgrading India's technological prowess, economic prospects, and military capabilities. These ties are based on converging strategic interests cemented by divers

Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

After a week of intermittent barrages of mortars, rockets, and missiles, relative quiet befell southwestern Israel, in bizarre synchrony with a blessed winter's belated departure. The weather has been one happy story in Israel this year. After seven years of drought, the skies opened up and by earl

Europa Europa: Keeping the Faith Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

The "Israel Apartheid Week" festival continues to excite students on campuses across Europe (forget those pesky events in Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Iran). But while Apartheid Week has come and gone for another year, the BDS campaign - Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions - plods relentlessly on. Why has the

The facts and the hearsay on Israel

The facts and the hearsay on Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Terror sponsorship has been around for as long as terrorism. It's a phenomenon that has been widely recognised, which allows a group to use terrorism as a tool while insulating themselves from direct responsibility. As an added benefit, in some cases it allows for additional logistical possibilitie

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