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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

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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

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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

Back to the negotiating table?

Back to the negotiating table? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

The last two weeks have seen two meetings in Amman Jordan between Israeli and Palestinian representatives, in what are being called "preparatory talks", but are the first direct public contacts between the two sides since 2010. (Some more details on the latest rounds of talks are reported here, here

What does Hamas really believe?

What does Hamas really believe? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader in Damascus, agreed during reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas on December 22, that "there will be no military resistance" and also agreed that "the permanent solution is on the ‘

 Israel – a leader in disaster planning

Israel – a leader in disaster planning Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel has assumed the unwanted role as a world leader in developing medical technology and planning to prepare for disasters, and its innovations are being studied and disseminated to other countries to save lives. In one example, American politician Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and alm

The Media is the Message

The Media is the Message Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A young Italian journalist named Ruben Salvadori has prepared a film about how he and other photojournalists reporting from the West Bank not only report what they see but help to create the clashes and dramatic scenes which helps them sell photographs...

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli President Shimon Peres's groundbreaking visit to Vietnam in November with a delegation of more than 60 prominent Israelis, including two government ministers and leading figures in finance, industry, agriculture and defense was a landmark event. The delegation was given a rousing welcome, in

Don't throw stones!

Don't throw stones! Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Two recent stories in the Australian newspaper by Middle East correspondent John Lyons - "Stone cold justice" (Weekend Australian Magazine, Nov. 26) http://tinyurl.com/6puavp9 and "Rudd seeks action on torture allegations involving Palestinian children" (Australian, Dec. 17) http://tinyurl.com/6rdzq

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