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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

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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

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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

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

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