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Olympic Disdain

Olympic Disdain Categories: Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This year marks forty years since the ‘Munich Massacre' - when during the 1972 Munich Olympics, Palestinian terrorists disguised as athletes attacked the dormitory housing the Israeli delegation and took Israeli athletes, coaches and officials hostages.  By the end of the ordeal, the terr

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Israel Heads to the Polls: Is an Iran strike now off the table?

Israel Heads to the Polls: Is an Iran strike now off the table? Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Israel was abuzz this week with news that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had decided to set a date for early elections. While the official announcement is still days away, government sources reported the likely date of elections to be September 4... Netanyahu, who is on pace to be Israel

From anti-Zionist to Zionist

From anti-Zionist to Zionist Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

It is often fascinating to hear true stories from people about how their once fierce hatred for the State of Israel came to be questioned for one reason or another - such as a trip to Israel, a book/research or a meeting with an Israeli - leading them re-evaluate their preconceived ideas. A common

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The crisis of bad journalism: why Lateline guest is being ridiculed everywhere

The crisis of bad journalism: why Lateline guest is being ridiculed everywhere Categories: International Jewry, Israel, Media/ Academia, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last night, ABC Lateline featured an interview by Emma Alberici of former New Republic editor Peter Beinart. Beinart has been a figure of much controversy lately due to his new book The Crisis of Zionism -- an extension of his 2009 essay 'The Failure of the America

IDF chief's views on Iran misrepresented

IDF chief's views on Iran misrepresented Categories: Iran, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

A number of major news outlets, including ABC news here in Australia, have been reporting on the Yom Ha-atzmaut interview with Israeli Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz that appeared in Ha'aretz this week. Unfortunately, most of these reports have taken the IDF chief's words out of context and in

General Opposition Encountered

General Opposition Encountered Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Livni, with her well-to-do background, is history, at least as a prime ministerial contender. Humbly-born Mofaz, on the other hand, emerged from his sweeping victory as a force to reckon with, a battle-tested general who, while an underdog, can be counted on to fight for the premiership tooth and na

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

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

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

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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

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