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The Amona evacuation and Israel's settlement announcements

The Amona evacuation and Israel's settlement announcements Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update is devoted to exploring the link between recent Israeli announcements about new construction in West Bank settlements and the dramatic evacuation of the West Bank outpost of Amona yesterday, which led to scenes that many Israelis found traumatic (a gallery of images from the evacuation i

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Europa Europa: French Follies

Europa Europa: French Follies Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

There is no doubt that France was an enthusiastic player in the colonial era... There are few signs that France has found a role for itself in the new international environment. Or that it has learned to cope with its five-million-strong Muslim population. Little wonder, then, that it has resorted t

Bibi's media troubles become legal troubles

Bibi's media troubles become legal troubles Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Most pundits expect Netanyahu to survive these affairs legally and politically, albeit bruised - with many Israelis taken aback by the addiction to luxury living that the allegations suggest.

Scribblings: Was Resolution 2334 anti-Israel?

Scribblings: Was Resolution 2334 anti-Israel? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Defenders of controversial UN Security Council Resolution 2334 - passed with the apparent connivance of the departing US Obama Administration on Dec. 23 - claim it was "not anti-Israel" but only "anti-settlement." It was merely critical of the policies of the current Israeli government, they say. T

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The Protector

The Protector Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago, I was talking to a Fatah official about Palestinian aspirations, especially his party's sharp emotions about Hamas, the Palestinian fundamentalist movement that rules Gaza and would gladly overthrow the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority on the West Bank... I asked him how long he thought

A New Administration – An Israeli Perpective

A New Administration – An Israeli Perpective Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Yaakov Amidror

As far as Israel-US relations go, the eight-year Obama Administration has painted a complex picture. On the one hand, Israel enjoyed a sympathetic ear with regard to its security needs... Still, Washington and Jerusalem were at odds on four important issues...

Editorial: A Change in Washington Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While President Trump has unarguably been a polarising figure, it's crucial to divorce oneself from the rancour of the campaign and take stock of Trump's positions on Israel and the Middle East, as well as the team he has assembled for key cabinet and diplomatic positions. In doing so, we can find

Jerusalem and future peace hopes Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

This Update looks at the debate over plans by the new Trump Administration in Washington to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - though it now says nothing has yet been finally decided on this -  and especially examines claims that such a move will be inimical to hopes for Israeli-P

The Paris peace conference

The Paris peace conference Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update looks at the outcome of the French-organised conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace that took placed in Paris on Sunday. The dozens of states participating in the conference issued a declaration urging the parties resume negotiations, but making a number of other points, which you can r

Essay: The KGB and the PLO

Essay: The KGB and the PLO Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Terrorism     Author: Ronen Bergman

The genesis of the KGB's developing ties with Palestinian terror organisations can be traced back to the end of the 1960s. The Soviet spy agency had code names for the different factions making up the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO): Fatah, the main movement led by Yasser Arafat, was dubbed

"Adir" in the Sky

"Adir" in the Sky Categories: Israel     Author: Yiftah Shapir

On December 12, 2016, the first two F-35A jet fighters (dubbed "Adir," a word meaning "mighty" or "awesome" in Hebrew) landed in Israel. This is a major milestone in the long process of accepting the aircraft into Israel Air Force service, a process that began in 2008, when Israel first applied for

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The Aftermath of UNSC Resolution 2334

The Aftermath of UNSC Resolution 2334 Categories: Israel, United Nations, Updates    

This Update deals with the implications and aftermath of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC) 2334 (the text of the resolution is here) , which passed 14-0 with the US abstaining, on Dec. 23. The controversial resolution condemns Israel over settlements, and has a number of other provisions likely

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