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Settlement growth facts shatter myths

Settlement growth facts shatter myths Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

On October 14, reporter Chaim Levenson from the left-leaning Israeli paper Ha'aretz - perhaps hoping to sow dissension in Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's razor-thin 61-seat coalition - wrote an article chiding Netanyahu for misleading right-wing coalition partners by "bragging" that the

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How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?

How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Efraim Inbar

ISIS has killed thousands of people since it declared an Islamic caliphate in June 2014, with the city of Raqqa as its de facto capital... In Israel, concern is increasing as ISIS nears Israeli borders. Yet, several analyses of the threat ISIS poses to Israel seem to be unnecessarily alarmist. ISIS

How to Destroy ISIS: Five Rules of Battle

How to Destroy ISIS: Five Rules of Battle Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Syria     Author: Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, Eric Brown & Peter Rough

On June 10, 2014, a little over a year ago, the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) shocked the world by seizing Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The government in Baghdad watched helplessly as its security forces crumbled and tens of thousands of residents fled their homes. Le

What ISIS might do next

What ISIS might do next Categories: Egypt, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Syria     Author: Yaakov Amidror

Over the past several months, ISIS, the militant jihadist Islamic State, has made significant gains. It controls a huge expanse stretching in Iraq from Ramadi west of Baghdad across the Syrian border to the archeologically rich Tadmur (Palmyra). And, at the same time, it has been consolidating its h

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Noted and Quoted - August 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

Columnist Rowan Dean blasted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel as "anti-Semitic" and a "grotesque fraud", pointing out its hypocrisies. Hypocrisies include boycotting "Jewish businesses... and even a Jewish theatre" in this country "on the pretence of supporting th

AIR New Zealand: Turtle Bay Dreams

AIR New Zealand: Turtle Bay Dreams Categories: Australasia, Middle East, United Nations     Author: Miriam Bell

In theory, the United Nations is the epitome of effective diplomatic activity and relations. Yet, in practice, it is, all too frequently, an epicentre of vitriolic rhetoric, wilful misinformation, and unfortunate end results. There is prestige and status attached to seats on the various UN councils

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Michael Rubin

Pundits and politicians whose introduction to the Middle East comes from Middle Eastern studies programs in Australian or United States universities might be surprised by the current shape of the region. After all, after preaching for decades that Israel and perhaps the United States were at the roo

Gaza casualties:  Israeli report refutes widely cited UN figures

Gaza casualties: Israeli report refutes widely cited UN figures Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A mainstay of many news stories mentioning last year's war between Israel and Hamas is the claim that the United Nations has found that 69 per cent of the 2,100 plus Palestinian fatalities were civilian. Now, a new report by the Israeli Government into last year's war, ably puts forward figures whi

Gen. Jim Molan’s findings of a just Gaza war by Israel represent a larger group of international military experts

Gen. Jim Molan’s findings of a just Gaza war by Israel represent a larger group of international military experts Categories: Israel, Middle East, United Nations, Updates     Author: Miriam Smallman

Readers may have seen retired Australian Major General Jim Molan's article in the Australian, in which he argued that Operation "Protective Edge" - Israel's conflict with Hamas in Gaza last year - was a just war: "Given our examination of the cause of Operation Protective Edge, it would be indefensi

Israeli investigation explains the tragic incident which killed four children on a Gaza beach

Israeli investigation explains the tragic incident which killed four children on a Gaza beach Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Israel's military chief legal officer has closed an investigation into the IDF shelling of a Gaza beach on July 16, 2014 that tragically killed four Palestinian children, finding they were the victims of mistaken identity. This tragic incident, which was captured on video by journalists, became the

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