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Bibi and Barack Can Unite Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Yossi Klein Halevi

In Washington, a new president is reaching out to the Muslim world, including Iran. In Jerusalem, the new government represents the disillusionment of the Israeli public with 15 years of failed peace talks.

Top Heavies Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The Middle East may be astir and the global economy ablaze, but Binyamin Netanyahu, since cobbling together his surprising coalition of opposites, has a measure of peace.

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Editorial: Washington and Jerusalem Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

President Obama has reportedly said he wishes to begin renewing peace progress by asking for a series of "concrete steps" as reciprocal "confidence-building measures". This is potentially fully congruent with Netanyahu's approach - especially in terms of his concentration on "reciprocity"

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Israel's New Government Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, Israel's new government was sworn in on Tuesday. First up, the Jerusalem Post editorialises both about the bloated size of the new cabinet - 30 ministers and seven deputy ministers - and the need to move forward on a number of fronts despite the problematic size created by

Essay: Ballistic Blitz Categories: Israel     Author: Uzi Rubin

Furthermore, it seems that the Israeli Home Front Command's alarm system, together with public compliance, prevented the loss of many lives. For example, in two cases of direct Grad hits on multi-story buildings in Ashdod, residents only suffered from anxiety and minor injuries, since most successfu

Love's Labor's Loss? Categories: Israel     Author: Shmuel Rosner

By joining the coalition, Barak reinforces the negative view most Israelis have of his personal qualities, and might jeopardise Labor's future. But as legitimate as it is to question Barak's motives, a coalition with Labor as an active member is better for the country.

Barak bolsters Bibi Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Binyamin Netanyahu has changed. Thirteen years ago, when he was elected Israel's youngest-ever prime minister, Netanyahu hastily patched together a narrow, right-wing coalition, and thus deprived himself of potential allies on both right and left.

Editorial: The Rules of Engagement Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

First, it's important to note – as demonstrated by the West's attempts to improve relations with Iran under Khatami – that Obama's approach is not actually a new policy. To the contrary, for the past 30 years every US administration has tried to use diplomacy and "engagement" to resolve the West

Poor Advice Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In a March 9 Age piece, the ANU's Amin Saikal took it upon himself to advise Barak Obama on Middle East policy. He claimed the Bush Administration's policy had "denied Hamas its right to exercise power as the democratic choice of the Palestinian people." This is untrue.

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Symposium: Perceptions of the Middle East and the Gaza War - Australia Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Monographs/ Submissions     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The reaction of Australia's government, media, and elite, and public opinion to Israel's December 2008-January 2009 military operations against Hamas in Gaza was mixed. At the government level, both the Labor government as well as the Liberal opposition voiced strong, consistent, and principled supp

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