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AIJAC statement on reported deal to release Gilad Shalit

AIJAC statement on reported deal to release Gilad Shalit Categories: Israel, Media Releases     Author: Colin Rubenstein and Mark Leibler

This is a very hopeful announcement, given the many years of effort by successive Israeli governments, with the full support of the Israeli people and all with a genuine concern for morality. If Gilad Shalit is released this will indeed be a joyful end to a terrible violation of  basic human ri

No progress on peace until Palestinians change stance

No progress on peace until Palestinians change stance Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Speaking to ABC "Lateline" recently, Palestinian Authority (PA) official Nabil Shaath lamented that the Israelis have been "in full occupation of [his] country for years, 62 years." There is a subtle but profound message in that number. Going back 62 years, Israel existed in the territory set by a 1

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AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria

AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria Categories: Europe, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Today's Update looks at Syria, Iran and Turkey against the backdrop of the veto by China and Russia of sanctions by the UN Security Council against the Assad regime in Damascus for its ongoing violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. The resolution was supported by nine members but, sig

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AIJAC UPDATE - The Principles and Principals of the Gilo Housing Project

AIJAC UPDATE - The Principles and Principals of the Gilo Housing Project Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, Quartet, United Nations, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Today's Update looks at last week's controversial approval for a proposed plan to build 1,100 homes within the boundaries of the Jewish suburb of Gilo in Jerusalem. Gilo lies just over the Green Line and is now home to 40,000 Israelis. As Commentary's Jonathan Tobin explains, Gilo is a symbol for ma

Hamas calls for Palestinian 'Resistance'

Hamas calls for Palestinian 'Resistance' Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The latest news on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has focused on the announcement of the planned construction of new homes in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Gilo, which is located over the 1967 Green line. Meanwhile, on October 1, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal also made an announcement that is a ser

Abbas losing support over hypocrisy in the UN

Abbas losing support over hypocrisy in the UN Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Quartet, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As expected, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted an application for Statehood to the UN Secretary General. The application can be downloaded HERE. In addition to this, both Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly and their two speeche

Palmer vs Goldstone: lessons learned Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: Gerald Steinberg & Gidon Shaviv

Criticism of Israel is usually the foregone conclusion of any UN commission, particularly when human rights or humanitarian issues are involved. However, the recent Palmer Commission report deserves special notice. It investigated events surrounding the deaths of self-styled "peace activists" who w

Cairo's Embassy Riots and Egyptian Opinion

Cairo's Embassy Riots and Egyptian Opinion Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Eric Trager

The diplomatic documents had barely stopped drifting down from the Israeli Embassy in Egypt when New York Times columnist Nick Kristof referenced the root causes of the attack, as he saw them: "Attacking the Israeli embassy doesn't help Gazans, doesn't bring back the dead," he tweeted. "Instead it h

Setbacks and Opportunity

Setbacks and Opportunity Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The year was 1958 and Israel had noticed that Egyptian leader Gamal Abdul Nasser's agitation across the Middle East was disagreeable to many of his non-Arab neighbours. Israel therefore emerged with what came to be known as the "Periphery Strategy", which focused on Ethiopia, Iran and Turkey and eve

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Marc Ginsberg

The unilateralist gambit by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ram through a resolution on Palestinian statehood in the UN General Assembly will produce little more than the mirage of a fleeting diplomatic triumph. No matter the hoopla surrounding it, the UN vote will certainly not represent a water

Europa Europa: Turkish Delight Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Douglas Davis

It is hard to remain unmoved by acts of blatant cynicism. Not those small, nasty gestures of crass stupidity that seek to advance a particular vested interest, but grand acts of faux-statecraft that leave the observer unsure whether to laugh or cry. Last month's antics of Turkey's Islamist Prime Min

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Editorial: Autumn follows Spring Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It has become increasingly clear that, sadly, the Arab upheavals that swept the Middle East this year are not resulting in a democratic "Arab Spring". Rather an "Islamist awakening" seems to be occurring alongside a resurgence of extreme Arab nationalism. The middle class crowds demanding "freedom"

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