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Reactions to Obama's AIPAC Speech

Reactions to Obama's AIPAC Speech Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On March 4, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual policy conference. In his speech Obama emphasised his strong support for the State of Israel, and policy on Iran. This blog post looks at a variety of resposes to the speech.

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two new and penetrating analyses of the ructions and political disagreements currently roiling Hamas, as well as an important new expression of Israel's dilemmas vis-a-vis Iran's nuclear program in the lead up to Israeli PM Netanyahu's trip to Washington next wee

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The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program

The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Seldom has there been such a brazen attempt to pass off pantomime as intelligent debate. Saturday's edition of the Sydney Morning Herald's (SMH) weekly "The Question" section - which canvasses the opinions of four experts with presumed standing on a specific issue - addressed the topic of "Is the We

Israel wows Coalition lawmakers

Israel wows Coalition lawmakers Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases     Author: Gareth Nurunsky

SIX federal Coalition MPs who recently returned from Israel said they were full of praise for Israel's achievements, more understanding of its challenges and ready to spread the word. Bradfield MP Paul Fletcher, Tasmanian Senator David Bushby, Paterson MP Bob Baldwin, South Australian Senator David

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel?

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel? Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

What's wrong with being religious in Israel? Nothing at all - though there is of course much controversy in Israel at the moment over the exemption from the draft for most ultra-Orthodox young men following a Supreme Court ruling last week, and other issues, including views on women's rights. But t

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Politicians report on Israel visit

Politicians report on Israel visit Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases     Author: Henry Benjamin

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has hosted a meeting in Sydney at which three Australian members of Parliament told of their experiences on a recent visit to Israel. Liberal Bob Baldwin member for Paterson near Newcastle, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Shadow Minister

The Last Word: Seeing is Disbelieving

The Last Word: Seeing is Disbelieving Categories: Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a Muslim-owned café in an east Jerusalem suburb, discussing the complexities of Middle Eastern affairs with a Greek Orthodox Palestinian nationalist. Hours earlier, I had met with a young, American-born Jewish woman, a high achiever academically who seemed to

Stuck in the Middle

Stuck in the Middle Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Half-a-decade after it won its first and last general election, Israel's political centre is scrambling for a future in a rapidly changing ideological landscape. At the heart of the jockeying is a three-way contest over the leadership of the main Israeli opposition party, Kadima, and the emergence

Trojan Horse or Force Multiplier?

Trojan Horse or Force Multiplier? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

On February 6, 2012, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal signed a new agreement to create a Palestinian national unity government for the West Bank and Gaza. The Doha Declaration, like previous Fatah-Hamas agreements, emphasises the need to implement th

Scribblings: From the Jews to the Copts in Egypt

Scribblings: From the Jews to the Copts in Egypt Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In December, I wrote on AIJAC's "Fresh AIR" blog (available on-line at www.aijac.org.au/news/article/antisemitism-in-the-middle-east-in-1835) about a 19th century book that had been rediscovered which shed a great deal of light on the situation of Jews in the Arab Middle East in the 1830s - before Z

Editorial: Abbas' Unfortunate Choice Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Recently, detailed accounts were published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of the January round of Israeli-Palestinian "negotiations about negotiating" held in Amman, Jordan. According to the Haaretz account, Israeli negotiators offered a somewhat vague but important statement of the principles wh

Fisking Four Corners: getting the facts straight on Syria, Israel and Iran

Fisking Four Corners: getting the facts straight on Syria, Israel and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Syria, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last night, ABC's Four Corners program focussed on the uprising in Syria. The program mostly featured a British Channel Four documentary on the Assad regime's systematic torture of Syrian opposition-members, including children, which gave a shocking insight into the events besetting Syrian

Sticks and stones

Sticks and stones Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The large crash sounded like something very big and heavy had fallen, hard - at least for those of us at the front of the bus. One friend at the back had grabbed his girlfriend and gone for cover, the loud bang and shattering glass made him think of a gunshot. Thankfully, we were not under fire. We

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