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A Pilgrim's Progress

A Pilgrim's Progress Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Judging by his first State of the Union address since his reelection, US President Barack Obama will focus in his second term on domestic issues - from the deficit, defence spending, and neglected bridges to the minimum wage, gun control and trade relations. After all this, there was very little ti

Scribblings: HRW - No Facts Required

Scribblings: HRW - No Facts Required Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is a great deal we don't know or that is pure speculation about the tragic story of Ben Zygier/Prisoner X. But here is one thing we absolutely do know about this saga - the NGO Human Rights Watch again demonstrated that it does not need any confirmed facts whatsoever to condemn Israel. The o

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AIJAC comments on Carr/Hague AUKMIN 2013 Communique

AIJAC comments on Carr/Hague AUKMIN 2013 Communique Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On Friday January 18 at the close of the Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN) conference in Perth, Foreign Minister the Hon Senator Bob Carr and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague released a joint statement on the Middle East peace process, condemning Israel's settlements as "illegal unde

Take Two

Take Two Categories: Middle East, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

As much as we would like to wish it so, it is a mistake to think the United States can pivot away from the Middle East and toward Asia, as though we have a fixed amount of bandwidth and the luxury of reapportioning it based on our preference. For the foreseeable future, the United States cannot avoi

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How Gaza Changes the Mideast Game

How Gaza Changes the Mideast Game Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Lee Smith

In mid-November, Israel embarked on "Operation Pillar of Defence", the second time it's gone to war against Hamas in the past four years. The proximate cause of this campaign, according to Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, was "the incessant rounds of artillery rockets and mortars into the heart

Foreign Policy Ideology and Reality

Foreign Policy Ideology and Reality Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Gil Troy

Despite the testy foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney of Oct. 23, it is difficult to assess any candidate's foreign policy ideology - let alone how that candidate will act as president. Predicting how a president will function in foreign affairs is as reli

Deconstruction Zone: Hanan Ashrawi and the Other Refugees

Deconstruction Zone: Hanan Ashrawi and the Other Refugees Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Well-known Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi made headlines in Australia in 2003 when she was controversially awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. Now she has been in the headlines again with an article published in a number of Arab media outlets in late August insisting that "the claim that Jews who

Scribblings: Jewish "Jim Crow" in Algeria Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Regular readers of this column will know that I have frequently collected evidence here as to the historical state of Jewish communities in Arab lands in the years prior to Israel's establishment. I do this because one very frequently hears claims about the historical situations of these communities

Media Week - Shalit - the Fairfax directors’ cut; Christians in Israel – the gospel truth; Headline misfire.

Media Week - Shalit - the Fairfax directors’ cut; Christians in Israel – the gospel truth; Headline misfire. Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

As a matter of course newspapers make changes to stories. Some of these can be spelling or cuts for length. But a number of questionable alterations were made to a story from the New York Times' Middle East correspondent Isabel Kershner that appeared in Fairfax papers noting Gilad Shalit's first ma

"100 Jewish Donors"

"100 Jewish Donors" Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Zachary Novetsky

"100 Jewish donors." Google it, and 17,000 results follow; 1,490 just in Google's "News" tab. Strung together, those words sound altruistic. But place those words in the context of the attacks taking place against the United States' embassies, and the foundations are built for a grandiose conspiracy

The Politics of Rage

The Politics of Rage Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Walter Russell Mead

Coming in the middle of the American campaign season and timed to coincide with the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the violence now shaking the Middle East has inevitably turned into a US domestic issue. If Americans and other Westerners are going to understand what's going on and proces

Unrest in the PA and the Arab Spring

Unrest in the PA and the Arab Spring Categories: Middle East, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features material on the growing demonstrations - sometimes violent -  in the West Bank against both cost of living pressures and against the Palestinian Authority (PA) more generally. (A report on the demonstrations yesterday, which left 50 injured is here. PA PM Sa

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