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Obituary: Yitzhak Shamir 1915-2012

Obituary: Yitzhak Shamir 1915-2012 Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, aged 96, marks the departure of the last of the founding generation of Jewish leaders who devoted themselves to establishing, nurturing and securing a flourishing Jewish state. Steadfast, modest, dour, lacking the charisma, wealth and pow

Israeli music builds bridges

Israeli music builds bridges Categories: Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Andrea Nadel and Tzvi Fleischer

Anti-Israel activists have been sponsoring intense campaigns of intimidation, emotional blackmail and misinformation to encourage prominent musicians to boycott Israel by not performing there, as reported on June 4 ("Stars under fire for concerts in Israel"). These activists claim that they are act

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Only way ahead is through talking

Only way ahead is through talking Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittleman

In his recent article, Robert Newton of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network offered Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr ("Carr should press Obama on peace for Israel and Palestine", June 4) some poor advice on moving forward with the Israeli-Palestinian Peace negotiations. Newton suggests tha

Our misguided boycotters

Our misguided boycotters Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Peter Beinart's call for a boycott of Israelis in the West Bank opposes the policy advice of almost everyone involved in the debate on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Similarly, the choice of my friend and former colleague in AUJS, Liam Getreu, to adopt Beinart's policy has place Liam at-odds

Striking prisoners are no Gandhi-esque resisters

Striking prisoners are no Gandhi-esque resisters Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Before the deal that ended it last week, the recent Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in Israeli prisons was being presented as some kind of grand, Gandhi-esque "resistance" movement, pitting peaceful Palestinian "political prisoners" against cruel Israelis. This is certainly the impression that

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Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy

Israel's silence on Syria isn't a conspiracy Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Syria     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The question has arisen over Israel's position on the appalling situation in Syria, where the lives of over 9,000 civilians have been claimed in a crackdown on protesters and an insurrection by opposition groups. Some commentators have unfairly interpreted the Israeli government's comparative silen

Emanuele Ottolenghi: Iran regime change only hope

Emanuele Ottolenghi: Iran regime change only hope Categories: Iran, Op-eds, Updates     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

A cold war will quickly turn into a hot one unless drastic action is taken. As the drumbeat of war mounts in the Middle East, people wonder if an Iran-Israel war is inevitable. Iran's rhetoric about wiping Israel off the map continues unabated - as does its quest for nuclear weapons. Israel views

Jihadism, Antisemitism and the truth about the Toulouse murders

Jihadism, Antisemitism and the truth about the Toulouse murders Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Islamic Extremism, Media/ Academia, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer & Sharyn Mittelman

When is a hate crime not a hate crime? Apparently, when a self-proclaimed "Islamic warrior" seeks out an obscure Jewish school, and shoots dead a teacher and three small children simply for being Jews - at least according to some reactions to the massacre that occurred in Toulouse, France on 19 Marc

Rather than compromising, Hamas is gaining confidence

Rather than compromising, Hamas is gaining confidence Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Over the past weekend, over two hundred rockets were fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, injuring several people, sending up to a million Israelis to the bomb shelter, and canceling school for approximately 200,000 students. Israeli air strikes targeted the Popular Resistance Committee (

The facts and the hearsay on Israel

The facts and the hearsay on Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Terror sponsorship has been around for as long as terrorism. It's a phenomenon that has been widely recognised, which allows a group to use terrorism as a tool while insulating themselves from direct responsibility. As an added benefit, in some cases it allows for additional logistical possibilitie

The problematic Palestinian unity government deal

The problematic Palestinian unity government deal Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While the fractured rule of the Fatah-dominated PA in the West Bank and the Hamas-led Gaza Strip has been an obstacle to a two-state peace solution with Israel, it does not follow that this move towards Palestinian unification will improve the chances for peace. On the contrary, though the prospect

Sticks and stones

Sticks and stones Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The large crash sounded like something very big and heavy had fallen, hard - at least for those of us at the front of the bus. One friend at the back had grabbed his girlfriend and gone for cover, the loud bang and shattering glass made him think of a gunshot. Thankfully, we were not under fire. We

Tough targeted sanctions needed against Iran

Tough targeted sanctions needed against Iran Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report released in November 2011 provides the strongest evidence to date that Iran has undertaken research and experiments geared towards developing nuclear weapons. And just last week, the IAEA confirmed that Iran was enriching uranium up to 20 percent,

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli President Shimon Peres's groundbreaking visit to Vietnam in November with a delegation of more than 60 prominent Israelis, including two government ministers and leading figures in finance, industry, agriculture and defense was a landmark event. The delegation was given a rousing welcome, in

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New order, same rules

New order, same rules Categories: Egypt, Libya, Op-eds, Tunisia     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Will the Arab revolutions bring freedom for women? So far the signs are bad. Many women in post-revolution Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are concerned. During the Arab Spring they played a key part in the protests by taking to the streets, marching and protesting alongside men. As the old order fell, ho

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