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Israel's air campaign in the Sinai

Israel's air campaign in the Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the alleged revelation, reported in the New York Times over the weekend, that Israel has secretly been conducting extensive airstrikes against ISIS-linked Islamic militants in Sinai over the past two years, with the agreement and cooperation of the Egyptian government.

Lessons from the arrest of a Palestinian icon

Lessons from the arrest of a Palestinian icon Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Al-Dayeh's fall from grace was rapid once his boss, Arafat, died in 2004. This is typical for dictatorial regimes that are run as a one-man show. Arafat managed the Palestinian Authority (and PLO) as if it were his private fiefdom. When the emperor falls, so do many of those around him, particularly

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The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas

The Tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Grant Rumley

Picture a Palestinian leader in the twilight of his reign. Besieged on all sides and challenged by younger upstarts, he lashes out against Israel, his Arab brethren, and the United States. Other Palestinian officials jockey to replace him, convinced he's past his prime. This is how it ended for Yass

Editorial: Challenging the status quo

Editorial: Challenging the status quo Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The idea that the status quo in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unsustainable has become something of a mantra, yet rarely with a focus on the policies of Palestinian leadership and key institutions that constitute major obstacles to peace. This is regrettable, because without considering these

On ABC Radio, AIJAC's Jamie Hyams explains recent foreign policy announcements by President Trump affecting Israeli-Palestinian issues

On ABC Radio, AIJAC's Jamie Hyams explains recent foreign policy announcements by President Trump affecting Israeli-Palestinian issues Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States    

Listen to AIJAC senior policy analyst Jamie Hyams on ABC Radio "PM" today (Jan.3)  explaining the background to recent annoucements by US President Donald Trump on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and a threat to cut aid to the Palestinian Au

Behind the News - January 2018

Behind the News - January 2018 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

An alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian base near the Syrian city of al-Qiswa on Dec. 1 resulted in the deaths of 12 Iranian personnel, according to Arabic media. A second strike on Dec. 4 targeted a military research facility in the Jamraya area known to be producing weapons for the Assad regime.

Deconstruction Zone: Living amidst "Days of Rage"

Deconstruction Zone: Living amidst "Days of Rage" Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yarden Frankl

The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief... went out looking for tension and hatred and despair. I have no doubt that he found it and that the people he selected to interview really believe that the city is on the brink. Yet his description is not what I find every day. I find a city where a remar

Not worth getting killed over

Not worth getting killed over Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ron Ben-Yishai

US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital did not whip up quite the furore in the Arab and Muslim street envisioned by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and head of Hamas' political bureau Ismail Haniyeh. The Arab street's reaction, in fact - as seen in a m

Scribblings: Jerusalem exposes UN absurdities

Scribblings: Jerusalem exposes UN absurdities Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

On Dec. 8, the UN Security Council convened an "extraordinary debate" to discuss the US Trump Administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. This seems like an "extraordinary" thing to do. Why would the Security Council, whose primary role is overseeing the "maintenance of in

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