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Editorial: An overdue US policy reset Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There is no reason to believe that a second moratorium on construction in settlements would have led to a breakthrough. The Palestinian Authority (PA) repeatedly asserted that it would not agree to resume talks for a mere extension of the previous freeze, which ended in September. In that phase, the

Peace Prospects: Impasse, impossible or improving? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update continues the theme of analysing the latest impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace making. We begin with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon who, in his usual direct manner, nails the issue: that Palestinians have retreated from previous agreed-upon positions, remain obstructio

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Former firebrand gets burned Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Hanegbi emerges from the ruling politically wounded but alive. Though he has lost any chance of ever becoming prime minister, the court's failure to give him a jail sentence means Hanegbi can run for the next Knesset and possibly return to a cabinet position.

The Forgotten Jews Categories: International Jewry, Israel, Middle East     Author: David Harris

I am a forgotten Jew. My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilisation, and my presence was felt from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent - but I barely exist today. You see, I am a Jew from the Arab world.

Scribblings: Firing Offence Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Whitley carefully specified he was not presenting UNRWA's political position, and made clear his primary concern was the current welfare of the generations of Palestinians still living in a "state of limbo" more than 60 years after their ancestors left what is today Israel. But his remarks noneth

Getting Abbas to the Table Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Kenneth Bandler

It is annoyingly predictable. When progress towards Israeli-Palestinian peace emerges, Mahmoud Abbas issues demands and threats, while world leaders scramble to appease him. So, once again, we await the Palestinian Authority president's decision.

The Man who Banked on Israel Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In January 2005, when Israel's then-Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked Stanley Fischer, the President of Citigroup International to become Governor of the Bank of Israel, many people thought he was joking.

AIR New Zealand: Turning Green? Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Following the success of the Greens in the recent Australian federal election, it seems timely to review the experience with New Zealand's Green Party over recent years and especially its stance towards Israel and the Jewish community.

Editorial: A Jewish, Democratic State Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

A furore has erupted in Israeli and foreign media over Israel's self-description as a Jewish and democratic state, its demand that Palestinians recognise this as part of a final peace and a proposed amendment to an existing oath of loyalty for naturalised Israeli citizens to include the phrase 'Jewi

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