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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

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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

The Biblio File: The Betrayers Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Paul Monk

In four decades of reading about international affairs and Middle Eastern geopolitics, I do not think I have come across a work of history that more fully illuminates the true sources of Palestinian terrorism and irresolvable conflict with the realities of Israel than does Efraim Karsh's Palestine B

Essay: Decade of Disappointment Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It's been a decade since Israeli and Palestinian leaders met as peacemakers only to part at loggerheads. Now, with most of the Camp David summit's protagonists long gone from the scene, that ill-fated conclave's military, diplomatic and political repercussions are seen on both sides of the conflict

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

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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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