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Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel?

Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel? Categories: International Jewry, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Despite being delayed several times before, Iraqi Kurdistan is now set to vote in an independence referendum on 25 September 2017. The Kurdish people are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, at approximately 30 million people. They speak "various dialects of their own language, Kurdi

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Israeli secrets of longevity

Israeli secrets of longevity Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel was home to the world's oldest living man, Israel Kristal, who passed away on Friday August 11 aged 113 years and 330 days. Mr Kristal was a Holocaust survivor who was born in Poland on 15 September 1903. The secret to Mr Kristal's longevity is a mystery - but it could possibly be Israel itse

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What’s happening in the Qatar Crisis - and what is Israel’s perspective?

What’s happening in the Qatar Crisis - and what is Israel’s perspective? Categories: Gulf states, Hamas, Israel, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Israeli officials have generally stayed out of the fray since the crisis began. One exception is comments from Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman in early June that the crisis "opens many opportunities for cooperation in the war against terror" and that "the State of Israel is more than ope

Amidst concern over North Korea's ICBM launch, Iranian missile shows Iran heading the same way

Amidst concern over North Korea's ICBM launch, Iranian missile shows Iran heading the same way Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The spotlight has justifiably been on North Korea for conducting another test on July 28 of an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) which could reach Australia or most of the US West Coast. However a day earlier Iran also tested a missile, which received less attention, but which is equally co

Amb. Dennis Ross: Premature Palestinian state recognition should be discouraged

Amb. Dennis Ross: Premature Palestinian state recognition should be discouraged Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

At an exclusive AIJAC press briefing in Melbourne, Anti-Defamation Commission guest and veteran former US Middle East peace envoy and Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke out against calls for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state, saying such gestures place ‘symbols over substance' and mak

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