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Asia Watch: Pronouncements and Pragmatism

Asia Watch: Pronouncements and Pragmatism Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

Fresh from hosting 57 countries over March 13-14 at a special two-day Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on the Palestinian question, Indonesia's diplomatic foray into the issue was set to be symbolically crowned with the opening of an honorary consulate in Ramallah and meetings with P

Lucy in the sky - and down to earth

Lucy in the sky - and down to earth Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israeli Arab journalist Lucy Aharish has been shattering glass ceilings all her life and looks certain to continue to do so. Ms. Aharish is an anchor on Israel's Channel 2 with her own interview show and until recently presented the evening edition on i24news. She is notable as the first Israeli Ara

Deconstruction Zone: Laughing at the Veep

Deconstruction Zone: Laughing at the Veep Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

US Vice President Joe Biden visited Ramallah on March 9, and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and his top officials are laughing their heads off. Why not laugh? Biden arrived in the region hoping to persuade the Palestinian leaders to issue a "condemnation" of the reign of terror,

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Scribblings: Myths and Facts about the "Status Quo"

Scribblings: Myths and Facts about the "Status Quo" Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

What a lot of people seem to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict boils down to one word: "occupation". Palestinians are living under occupation, this is seen as the root of the conflict, and ending this situation is seen as synonymous with ending the conflict (never mind that the conflict pr

The Creation of a Terror Wave

The Creation of a Terror Wave Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Hirsh Goodman

While just one of many hundreds of terrorist incidents perpetrated by Palestinians against Jews over the years, this attack was a moment in time: it marked the start of something new, a "Stealth Intifada", an insidious wave of seemingly un-orchestrated attacks, perpetrated by unlikely assailants, an

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation”

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation” Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The events of the so-called "Arab Spring", the chaos that ensued and the wars raging in Syria and Iraq, have highlighted to the world some of the structural and deeply-embedded governance deficiencies in Arab countries, and the related problems of under-development. It appears that some voices withi

Did moderates win Iran's election?

Did moderates win Iran's election? Categories: Iran, Palestinians, Updates    

The Iranian parliamentary election last Friday is being portrayed in many news stories as a win for the "moderates." This article features some commentary that argues this is an overly-simplistic reading. It also includes a knowledgeable piece on Iran's role in financing and arrangin

The Origins of the BDS War

The Origins of the BDS War Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Gerald Steinberg

Judging from media reports, anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) campaigns have been getting increasing attention around the world. Academics, musicians and athletes are pressured into boycotting Israel, and those falsely accusing Israel of violating international law are speaking up

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amos Yadlin

For Israel, the question regarding the Hamas tunnels from Gaza into Israel is not only what action to take, but also the nature of the confrontation that is sure to follow such action. The repeated rounds of fighting in the Gaza Strip forced on Israel by Hamas since 2008 have not achieved the neces

Editorial: The Roots of Consensus Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been widely criticised for agreeing, in an interview prior to last year's election, with a reporter who asked him to confirm that a Palestinian state would not be created in his next term. Netanyahu's reply was immediately seized upon by critics who cla

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Biblio File: Rabin's Revenge

Biblio File: Rabin's Revenge Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Seth Mandel

Over the past two decades, though, something strange has happened. The two camps have switched sides. Israel's left bitterly credits Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, with victory; the two-state solution is dead, they say, and its death throes began that night in 1995. Meanwhile, many of the leaders on

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