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Brewing calamity Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Ted Lapkin

"The sole method we shall apply against Israel is total war, which will result in the extermination of Zionist existence." Sound familiar? But these are not the genocidal rantings of crisis-present uttered by Iran's Jew-hater in chief, President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad.

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Israeli politics swings to the centre Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Ted Lapkin

A WISE man once counselled me to avoid the business of making predictions -- especially if they had anything to do with the future. And as the dust begins to settle from Israel's parliamentary elections, enough surprises have emerged to validate the wisdom of that advice.

Missed chance to right wrongs Categories: International Security, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Ted Lapkin

IT was a typical UN decision: a triumph of style over substance that aggravates the problem rather than improves it. Last week, the UN voted to abolish its scandal-scarred Commission on Human Rights. But the Human Rights Council created as an alternative constitutes a cure that is worse than the ori

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Everything but the truth Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Ted Lapkin

Last December, I received an invitation to attend a free preview screening of Steven Spielberg's new film, Munich. My shorthand reaction to the movie is that it was worth every penny that I paid to see it. But given Spielberg's moral ambitions for this flick, as well as the splash it is making in t

Shock of Sharon Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IT is still unclear whether Ariel Sharon will survive the serious stroke he suffered, but his life as Israel's Prime Minister would seem to be over.

Israel's democracy can pass this test Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ted Lapkin

TOTAL confusion. Only such a phrase can aptly describe the political impact of Ariel Sharon's health crisis. The Israeli Prime Minister's collapse from a massive cerebral haemorrhage injects tremendous uncertainty into a political system that is approaching a general election.

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