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Another flotilla stunt on its way!

Another flotilla stunt on its way! Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Wednesday a flotilla of two ships - the Canadian ship Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse quietly left a Turkish port with the aim to breach the Gaza blockade by Friday. News of this latest flotilla "Freedom Waves to Gaza" was kept secret until the ships reached international waters. According to

Tutu spars with Goldstone over kangaroo court

Tutu spars with Goldstone over kangaroo court Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Richard Goldstone's op-ed in the New York Times earlier this week explaining why the claim that Israel is an "apartheid state" is baseless was primarily targeted against the so-called "Russell Tribunal on Palestine", due to take place this weekend in Cape Town, which will al

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Iron Dome in Action

Iron Dome in Action Categories: Israel     Author: Uzi Rubin

Israel's new "Iron Dome" anti-rocket active defence system made its operational debut in southern Israel in two rounds of escalation in the fighting along the Gaza strip (April and August 2011). The development of active defence systems in Israel that started with the "Arrow" missile defence system

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The Price: Palestinian Prisoners released Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Four hundred and seventy seven Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel in the deal to free IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Hamas since 2006, with another 550 to be released in November. The prisoners include some of the most notorious terrorists perpetrators against Israel including

The Homecoming

The Homecoming Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Sukkot, the feast of Tabernacles, is the only Jewish holiday on which the Bible expressly commands the Jews to be happy. In Israel this Autumn, it turned out not only happy, but euphoric, as abducted Sergeant Gilad Shalit returned home after more than five years of unvisited and unlocated captivity

Editorial: An Extraordinary Society Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Finally Gilad Shalit, who became known in Israel as ‘everyone's son', has returned home. His liberation led to what can only be called a sense of national euphoria across the Jewish state. The costs to gain his release after five years of captivity were, objectively, enormous. Among the 1,027

Gilad Shalit is free... What now?

Gilad Shalit is free... What now? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is free after five years and four months in captivity in Gaza, and the elation in Israel is overwhelming. (An excellent collection of news and analysis on the release and its aftermath has been assembled by Britain's Telegraph. Israeli P

Misrepresenting 'Palestinian Prisoners' Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Media commentators on the Palestinian prisoner swap deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas have at times wrongly insinuated that there is a degree of moral equivalence on both sides. For example, in Ruth Pollard's "Israel names prisoners to be free" on The Age (17/10/2011), she writes

What price to free one man?

What price to free one man? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

As the five-year hostage ordeal of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit draws to a close, we offer up some of the standout commentary from the last week on the merits of the deal reached by the Israeli government with Hamas. The tension in the debate concerns the personal interest and the national interest

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A Deal on Gilad Shalit/ Egypt and the Copts Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

As readers are hopefully aware, the big news out of Israel is the approval given overnight by the Israeli cabinet to a deal that will see long-captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit released by Hamas in exchange for more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners. (The reported details of the d

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