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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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Essay: The Naqba Obsession Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Sol Stern

The Naqba is the heart of the Palestinians' backward-looking national narrative, which depicts the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 as the original sin that dispossessed the land's native people. Every year, on the anniversary of Israel's independence, more and more Palestinians (including Ar

Galant, Commander Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Sailor, tempest, and sin were also actors in the country's real life drama on the eve of the new Jewish year as Maj.Gen. Yoav Galant was nominated as the 20th Chief-of-Staff of the Israel Defence Force (IDF). The power wielded by the Israeli chief-of-staff (COS) is exceptional in the free world. In

Beyond the Summit Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Herzog

The launch on Sept. 2 of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after 15 months of relentless groundwork marks the third attempt in a decade to resolve the outstanding core issues pertaining to a two-state solution. Many on both sides question whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Pre

Editorial: Something to Talk About Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The looming expiration of the settlement building freeze poses a dilemma for Netanyahu. While politically he cannot deliver the complete cessation of all building over the 1949 armistice lines the Palestinians are demanding, he can probably limit building to the settlement blocs most observers expec

A New Phase in Iraq / Peace Advice Categories: Iraq, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

US President Barack Obama gave a major speech on Iraq last week to mark the promised withdrawal of all US combat troops from Iraq by the end of August. However, rather than discuss the speech itself, this Update looks at the future of Iraq now that coalition forces are no longer doing most of the fi

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