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A political storm over Israel in Malaysia

A political storm over Israel in Malaysia Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Michael Shannon

A political storm in Malaysia over controversial remarks by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's on Israel has not yet come to a close. Back in January, a war of words erupted between Anwar and several top government officials, including his former mentor Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, regarding Malaysia's po

Israeli Embassy attacks - What do they mean?

Israeli Embassy attacks - What do they mean? Categories: Iran, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As was widely reported, Israeli embassy personnel were attacked in Georgia and India yesterday. In the first attack, Tal Yehoshua-Koren, the wife of an Israeli Defense Ministry official and an employee of the embassy in India was wounded when a bomb exploded in her car.  In the second attack,

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Israel and the Iranian nuclear issue

Israel and the Iranian nuclear issue Categories: Iran, Israel, Updates    

Last week, Israel Defence Minister Ehud Barak spoke at the annual Davos Forum, and told listeners that tough sanctions on Iran may be too late because Iran was " drifting into what we call an immunity zone where practically no surgical [military operation] could bl

Media Week - McDonald's harm; Palestinian racing story the pits; Highly speculative speculation Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Sydney Morning Herald's Hamish McDonald (Jan. 21) came away from a recent visit to Israel with the view that the country's "old liberality" is being whittled away by the right and the ultra-orthodox. The latter, he wrote, "are 20 per cent of the population, breeding three times faster than more

Israel's Chinese Puzzle

Israel's Chinese Puzzle Categories: China, Iran, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Over the past 10 to 15 years, China has become a rising power in the Middle East, rivalling the United States and Russia for strategic influence. Its presence in the region rests squarely on a strategic relationship with Iran, and friendly, interlocking relations with Arab oil states to ensure a co

A little girl, a major storm

A little girl, a major storm Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

While the rest of the world was following American military retreats, European economic meltdowns, and Middle Eastern bloodbaths, Israel was agog over one eight-year-old girl's five-minute walk to school every morning. Frail, bespectacled, and shy, Naama Margolese appeared on TV and said she refuse

Back to the table?

Back to the table? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Quartet     Author: BICOM

Lead Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho met with his Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat in Amman on January 9 for the second time in as many weeks, with the aim of restarting direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. These were the first direct contacts between the parties since

Europa Europa: Eyes Wide Shut Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swung through Europe in January he was feted by European leaders for pursuing the two-state formula, while obloquy was, as usual, heaped on Israel - if not for settlements then for roadblocks or water or the wall or the tunnel or the occupation or,

Deconstruction Zone: The sky is not falling in Israel

Deconstruction Zone: The sky is not falling in Israel Categories: Israel     Author: Gerald Steinberg

Judging from media reports, Israel might appear to be in the midst of a radical and violent political and religious polarisation. "Hilltop youth" from the settlements are seen allegedly burning mosques, as well as attacking "peace activists" and even Israel Defence Force officers. Haredi (ultra-Orth

Editorial: The Asian Connection Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As Netanyahu attempted to point out, the assumption that Israel is becoming more isolated in recent years makes sense only if one's focus is mainly on a segment of opinion in Western Europe - ignoring the US, Eastern Europe and Israel's renewal of old ties in Sub-Saharan African. But a most importan

Iran "not developing a bomb" clarification

Iran "not developing a bomb" clarification Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Earlier in the week, Overland editor Jeff Sparrow interpreted remarks from US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Iran is not trying to develop a "nuclear weapon", but a "nuclear capability" to mean that Iran's nuclear program is entirely legal. While Sparrow was using this quote to help suppor

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