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Iran and "Covert Action" Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Max Boot

We're in an era of "covert action." In the US, that phrase went into disrepute in the 1970s, when Congress' Church Committee exposed hare-brained CIA plots to eliminate foreign leaders, such as assassinating Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. President Ford banned assassinations, a chastened CIA ca

Barak's Bolt from the Blue Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

With his 15-year-old political stocks in the doldrums and his stint as prime minister from 1999 to early 2001 a distant memory, Defence Minister Ehud Barak was already being politically eulogised. However, the retired general showed that even at 69 he could still manage the sort of state-of-the-art

The Israeli Way of War Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians     Author: Michael Totten

The dry forest on the Israeli-Lebanese border provided shade but little relief. Rain had not fallen for months, and the blistering season-long heat wave that would later set parts of northern Israel on fire was currently burning down forests in Russia.

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Editorial: The Winds of Change Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The winds of change appear to be blowing once again in the Middle East. Will the historical events in Tunisia be a defining moment for Arab states in finally moving away from tyrannical rule and towards the path of democratisation? Or will Lebanon, where Iran’s terrorist clients Hezbollah are seek

The Palestinian Document Release Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update focuses on the collection of alleged Palestinian documents being released by al-Jazeera and the Guardian which is currently in the news. While most of this Update will feature analysis of the significance of the revelations in the documents, it if first worthwhile pointing to some asp

Potholes in Mayor's plan

Potholes in Mayor's plan Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Anthony Orkin

In addition to dealing with the needs of locals, the majority of Marrickville Councillors have determined that they will dive headlong into complex Middle East issues, in the process contravening Australian foreign policy and undermining all those who are working to promote a better future for Israe

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The Gaza Problem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This first Update of 2011 contains two new pieces on the always troublesome situation in Gaza, especially in the wake of escalating violence sparked by rocket fire into Israel from there in late December.

Essay: "Refugeeism" Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Michael Bernstam

Though pundits focus on the question of settlements or the current temperature of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, UNRWA's institutionalisation of refugee-cum-military camps is the principal obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Beyond the Freeze Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

The recent announcement that the US Obama Administration has ended efforts to negotiate a 90-day extension of Israel's moratorium on West Bank settlement construction is more opportunity than embarrassment.

Out of the Fire Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The conflagration's duration and breadth, and the five million trees it reduced to ashes, would likely have sufficed to shock the country and touch off a commotion transcending this disaster's already grim environmental repercussions. However, the fire also took more lives than any one of the many t

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

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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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