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The Obama-Abbas-Netanyahu Meeting Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update examines Tuesday's Obama-Abbas-Netanyahu meeting ahead of the annual UN General Assembly talkfest. Opinion about the meeting, from the Israeli left and right as well as the Palestinians has been one of near universal cynicism.

Media Microscope: Settling for Spin Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

Much of our media has taken the Palestinian line that the settlements are the main obstacle to peace. Unfortunately, not only are the settlements focused on too heavily, at the expense of the real problem - especially continued Palestinian intransigence and division - but many reports on the West Ba

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Essay: Neighbourhood Spat Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Nadav Shragai

An Israeli plan to build 20 housing units in the Shepherd Hotel compound in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem has added a new dimension to an already complex dispute between the Obama Administration and Israel over continued construction in eastern Jerusalem.

Recession recedes early in Israel Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In Israel, which to begin with arrived at the global recession well after its emergence, there is no reason to speculate - newly released data indicate that the recession here is over, thanks to a rare combination of responsibility, flexibility and some luck, too.

Real Numbers Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ben-Dror Yemini

Every week new reports are published on the number of civilians killed in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. Again and again, Israel is blamed for "disproportionate casualties among civilians."

Asia Watch: Business Interests Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

While there is no imminent prospect of Indonesia establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, Jakarta's longstanding political stance is no impediment to a burgeoning commercial relationship with the Jewish state.

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Swedish libels / Iranian cabinet choices Categories: Iran, Israel, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on two stories making headlines in Israel for the last couple of days; the story in a Swedish newspaper alleging that Israel harvests Palestinian organs, and the appointment as Iranian defence minister of a man wanted in Argentina on terrorism related charges.

"Economic peace" and the two-state resolution Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update leads with some pieces on the improving economic situation in the West Bank, and how this relates to Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's idea for "economic peace" - accompanying peace talks with efforts to improve the concrete economic and security situation in the West Bank.

Julia and Friends in Jerusalem Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Julia Gillard's visit to Israel last month was a success, though it barely made a splash in the local Israeli media. The Deputy Prime Minister's meetings with Israeli leaders were described as a "substantive exchange" and these are expected to stimulate an overall upgrading of diversifying bilateral

After the Earthquake in Iran Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The good news is that 30 years on, the Islamist Revolution is finally on the defensive. The bad news is that even the crisis in Iran has so far failed to produce a Western treatment plan for the Middle East's many ailments.

A Workable Peace Plan Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Israel has put forward a serious peace plan which deserves international support from anyone sincerely wanting to solve the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflict.

Settlement Freeze Tag Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Michael Doran

American presidents have been trying to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict since the days of Truman. Sooner or later, every one of them has learned a harsh lesson about the limits of American influence.

Europa Europa: European "Soft power" Categories: Europe, Israel     Author: Douglas Davis

The European Union presents a virtually seamless front when it comes to censuring Israel. True, there are murmurings of dissent from some of the weaker, newer members which are still emerging from the Soviet shadow, but they are swiftly whipped into line by the more muscular states of "Old Europe".

Scribblings: Reductio ad Absurdum Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

So the US position comes down to this: the Israeli government must actively discriminate against Jews, including non-Israeli Jews, when it comes to making decisions about private building permits in all of east Jerusalem - more than half of Israel's capital - even when this could have no conceivable

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