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Amb. Dennis Ross: Premature Palestinian state recognition should be discouraged

Amb. Dennis Ross: Premature Palestinian state recognition should be discouraged Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

At an exclusive AIJAC press briefing in Melbourne, Anti-Defamation Commission guest and veteran former US Middle East peace envoy and Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke out against calls for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state, saying such gestures place ‘symbols over substance' and mak

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The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis

The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis Categories: Gulf states, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Kobi Michael and Yoel Guzansky

The foreign policy of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman - has never been a model of cooperation and unity. Even the dramatic severing of relations with Qatar and closing the aerial, territorial, and naval s

Essay: After Victory

Essay: After Victory Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yaakov Lozowick

When the guns fell silent on the evening of June 10, 1967, the Middle East and Israel were forever changed. The discussion Israel's cabinet ministers began on June 14 forged the conundrum we live in now. Reading through transcripts of some 20 hours of discussions held the week after the Six Day War

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ISIS and the Terrorism in Teheran

ISIS and the Terrorism in Teheran Categories: Iran, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Michael Segall

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated simultaneous terror attacks on Iran's parliament (Majlis) building and on the tomb of Iran's first Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, on June 7. The group issued a statement in its media arm, as well as a short video from a camera carried

Qatar and the Mideast "Game of Camps"

Qatar and the Mideast "Game of Camps" Categories: Gulf states, Middle East     Author: Eran Lerman

In the Middle East "game of camps", the Qataris have been playing a dangerous game for years. They have provocatively supported the Muslim Brotherhood and actively promoted the destabilisation of existing regimes, using huge sums of money as well as the pernicious influence of Al Jazeera TV. The dra

Power Play

Power Play Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Gaza, the narrow, overcrowded, and destitute coastal strip wedged between Egypt and Israel is thirsting for power and light: physically, politically, and psychologically. The physical crisis is about the strip's lone power station's fuel, which ran out in April due to intensifying tension between H

Cold War over Qatar

Cold War over Qatar Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Matthew Brodsky

In a region where inter-Arab politics is frequently described as a zero-sum game, Qatar suddenly finds itself on the outside looking in. Recent analysis has tended to over-focus on the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, but a closer look reveals that the camel has suffered from chronic il

BDS versus Wonder Woman

BDS versus Wonder Woman Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Middle East, Updates     Author: Ross Beroff

DC's newest superhero movie, "Wonder Woman" has grossed over $440 million worldwide, received rave reviews and has broken barriers as the most successful comic book film with a female lead, and the largest ever budget for a female director. However, not everyone can experience the film; it has so f

A blessing and a curse

A blessing and a curse Categories: Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This month marks 50 years since the Six Day War - which is pivotal to understanding the modern Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While it did not start that conflict, which began with Arab rejection of Israel's existence prior to its establishment in 1948, it has drawn the map from

Essay: Inside a War Cabinet

Essay: Inside a War Cabinet Categories: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Syria     Author: Yaakov Lozowick

The security cabinet of 1967 appears in these never-published transcripts as a group of serious, professional and responsible decision-makers. While the ministers brought their worldviews to the table, they often didn't vote on party lines, often did listen to one another, and generally managed to m

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The strategic burden of a great victory

The strategic burden of a great victory Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Efraim Inbar

The swift and decisive victory of 1967 became the standard to which the IDF aspired - and the kind of victory expected by Israeli society in future engagements. This is problematic, considering the ways Israel's opponents have changed and the means they now deploy.

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