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Israel's Endangered Deterrence Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Bren Carlill

There are few journalists specialising in strategic and security affairs more experienced than Ron Ben Yishai. After fighting as a paratrooper in the Six Day War, Ben Yishai turned to journalism full time. Since then he has covered, from the battlefield, the Yom Kippur War, the Turkish invasion of C

AIR New Zealand: A Tzur Thing Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

When Israel reopened an embassy in Wellington in April this year, it seemed obvious that the new Ambassador, Shemi Tzur, and his staff had a big job in front of them. Almost a decade without on-the-ground representation, as well as some years of troubled diplomatic relations between Israel and New Z

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Editorial: In the Balance Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The next prime minister of Australia should be whoever can more convincingly promise a stable coalition able to undertake the responsibilities of government more effectively. Overseas and Australian state government experience demonstrates that stable, effective minority government is possible give

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Hezbollah and last week's Lebanon border incident Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Updates    

This Update contains some selections from the large quantity of analysis that has been written about the situation in Lebanon in the wake of the fatal border clash between Israeli and Lebanese army forces last week. In particular, there is speculation that Hezbollah's increasing role in Lebanon, as

The Costs of Demonising Israel Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Updates    

Today's Update focuses on the movement to demonise and boycott Israel, and its malevolent effects. It comes in the wake of a new must-see short video on the "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" movement against Israel, which reveals that this movement not only deliberately destroys efforts aimed at I

Media Microscope: Age Old Problem Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

The Age newspaper has, at times, been noticeably skewed against Israel. Recently, there seemed to have been some signs of improvement, but sadly, over the last month, it has regressed. For example, some time ago, it was common that phrases in stories by Fairfax correspondent Jason Koutsoukis would a

Essay: The Turning of Turkey

Essay: The Turning of Turkey Categories: Iran, Israel, Middle East, Syria, Turkey     Author: Abigail Chernick

Since its decisive re-election in 2007, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been re-aligning the country's foreign policy. Under Erdogan's governance, Turkey has been moving away from its 20th century Western orientation and towards an alliance with

The Conversion Factor Categories: International Jewry, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and, indeed, the vast majority of Israelis, agree with Sharon's original view that the partly Jewish immigration of the 1990s, which has since then demonstrated its patriotism, learned Hebrew, and contributed crucially to the economy's development, should be

Scribblings: Going Green? Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There does seem to be one prediction on which most election analysts agree - the Australian Greens are likely to wind up controlling the balance of power in the Senate. This will be worrying to many in the Australian Jewish community because not only does the Greens party's membership base seem, on

Editorial: Reaffirming Bipartisanship Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Once again, the Australian Jewish community is fortunate enough to have the choice between two prime ministerial candidates who strongly defend Israel's right to exist in peace and security. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott continue the tradition of Australia's bipartis

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Broken dreams in the promised land Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

EHUD Barak and Yasser Arafat, smiling broadly, jostled before the world's cameras to see who could enter the door last. It was Camp David, the US presidential retreat in Maryland, and the world waited as the Israeli and Palestinian leaders attempted to conclude a permanent peace agreement. This week

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