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Behind the News - August 2016

Behind the News - August 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

Meanwhile, on July 17 the Izz a-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, announced that it had opened its annual summer camps which incorporate military training, and that this year's theme is "soldiers of Jerusalem". More than 30,000 Gaza youths are expected to attend the camps, which, the Brigad

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Essay: The IDF's other soldiers

Essay: The IDF's other soldiers Categories: Israel     Author: Sara Toth Stub

Basic training at facilities like this is a rite of passage for most Israeli teenagers. Young men serve three years in the IDF and women two. Exemptions are given to those who study in ultra-Orthodox yeshivas (religious seminaries), the country's Arab citizens, and young women who opt for civilian n

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable. Diverting it to a militant organisation that carries out attacks against civilians is simply evil. It is now common knowledge that Hamas - the designated terrorist organisation which rules the Gaza Strip - has for years been diverting cement and other mater

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Israel’s diplomatic spring

Israel’s diplomatic spring Categories: Africa, Egypt, Israel, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Israel, in short, had always had at any given time at least two friends within the Turkish-Iranian-Egyptian triangle. In 2012, however, all three were at odds with the Jewish state. Four years on, the tables have turned.

Europa Europa: Brexit and Israel

Europa Europa: Brexit and Israel Categories: Europe, Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

The British decision to uncouple from the EU, expected to take effect by 2019, was not unqualified good news for Israel: Britain, along with Germany, has been among Israel's most stalwart diplomatic allies in the EU and its voice within the decision-making forums of the EU will be missed, particular

Riyadh's diplomatic dance with Israel

Riyadh's diplomatic dance with Israel Categories: Israel, Saudi Arabia     Author: Simon Henderson

In late July, retired Saudi Major-General Anwar Eshki led a delegation to Israel, where he met with various officials and made public statements about the Palestinian issue and other matters. The visit was highly unusual, unexpected, but not completely surprising - the General had revealed his conta

Back into Africa

Back into Africa Categories: Africa, Israel     Author: Aaron Torop

In February Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced, "Israel is coming back to Africa." In July, he followed through on this commitment by visiting Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda... Interestingly, each country Netanyahu visited has a unique connection with Israel: Uganda and Ethiopi

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel Categories: Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Aaron Torop

Every four years when the Democratic and Republican parties officially nominate their candidates for president, they also amend their platforms, the official party position on a wide range of issues. Even though the platforms are non-binding and do not directly affect US foreign policy, they do expr

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Bibi's travels

Bibi's travels Categories: Africa, Israel, Russia, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update looks at Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's historic trip to Africa, which is about to conclude. Whilst there, he visited, and met with the leaders of, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. His first stop was Uganda, where he commemorated the famous 1976 Israeli rescue of the h

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