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Deconstruction Zone: Settlements and Ethnic Cleansing Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eugene Kontorovich

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu provoked a storm of diplomatic disapproval recently when he pointed out that "the Palestinian Authority actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: no Jews." The Obama Administration responded that it is "inappropriate" to speak of demands fo

Media Microscope: Death of a Statesman Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

With the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace dim, Shimon Peres' passing was inevitability refracted through the prism of today's geo-political environment. In the Australian (Sept. 29), foreign editor Greg Sheridan wrote Peres' death "may well mark the death of the modern Arab-Israeli peace pro

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The Last Word: Over - and Out!

The Last Word: Over - and Out! Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

"I'm over God", Peter Goers wrote in a column in Adelaide's Sunday tabloid in October. Whether or not Goers actually now is "over God" is far less of a concern, or even interest, than the fact he appears to be "over" some other things - such as truth, decency, dignity and civil discourse.In a colum

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"?

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Clifford D. May

President Obama is expected to refocus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the November elections, during his final days in office. He has reportedly asked the State Department to come up with a list of options. Among them: "Obama parameters" that would replace the Clinton parameters, measures

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Israel loses its last founding father

Israel loses its last founding father Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Shimon Peres, the man who had dared so much to deliver peace thus ended his 66-year public career the way he launched it: at war. Swords and shields were a fixture of his era, and beating them into ploughshares remained a dream. Yet Peres, who died in September at 93, became the acrobat who bestrod

Editorial: The next US president Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump move into the final days of their campaigns, there is only one certainty: after eight years, the Barack Obama era will soon come to an end. The president to be inaugurated on January 20 will face a very challenging foreign policy landsc

Behind the News - October 2016

Behind the News - October 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket in Florida destroyed an advanced communications satellite developed in Israel, throwing the Israeli satellite industry into crisis. Worth between US $200-300 million, the Amos-6 satellite was the most sophisticated built in Israel's history and had been leased by Fa

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Saturday Fight Fever

Saturday Fight Fever Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The Sabbath day, a hallmark of the Jewish state and one of Judaism's most celebrated contributions to civilisation, is stirring Israeli politics again. Compelled to insert a pair of 60-metre-long steel structures into Tel Aviv's busiest train station as part of the preparations to electrify the new

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