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 Elections in Tunisia

Elections in Tunisia Categories: Middle East, Tunisia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Sunday 23 October, Tunisia held its first truly free election since its independence. Tunisian Hadiya Al Sabie said: "It's the first time I have voted from my heart....Not for something that I am forced to vote for, but from my heart." The polls have now closed after a voter turnout out of

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Iran’s alleged Washington plot re-examined

Iran’s alleged Washington plot re-examined Categories: Iran, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As noted in the last Update, the recently exposed alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the US at a Washington restaurant - and commit a number of the other terror attacks in the US - is a big story which has provoked much commentary and analysis. Some of that analysis, such as by fo

Gilad Shalit is free... What now?

Gilad Shalit is free... What now? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is free after five years and four months in captivity in Gaza, and the elation in Israel is overwhelming. (An excellent collection of news and analysis on the release and its aftermath has been assembled by Britain's Telegraph. Israeli P

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Misrepresenting 'Palestinian Prisoners' Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Media commentators on the Palestinian prisoner swap deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas have at times wrongly insinuated that there is a degree of moral equivalence on both sides. For example, in Ruth Pollard's "Israel names prisoners to be free" on The Age (17/10/2011), she writes

What price to free one man?

What price to free one man? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

As the five-year hostage ordeal of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit draws to a close, we offer up some of the standout commentary from the last week on the merits of the deal reached by the Israeli government with Hamas. The tension in the debate concerns the personal interest and the national interest

A Deal on Gilad Shalit/ Egypt and the Copts Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

As readers are hopefully aware, the big news out of Israel is the approval given overnight by the Israeli cabinet to a deal that will see long-captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit released by Hamas in exchange for more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners. (The reported details of the d

Gilad Shalit may finally be released

Gilad Shalit may finally be released Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Israeli Government confirmed that a deal has been reached with Hamas for the release of 25-year-old IDF soldier Gilad Shalit - kidnapped by Hamas on 25 June 2006 - in exchange for 1027 Palestinian prisoners. As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced: "In the coming days we will return Gi

In 1949, who wanted a Palestinian state? Only Israel!

In 1949, who wanted a Palestinian state? Only Israel! Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

It won't stop the revisionist propaganda underpinning the Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence campaign, but newspaper accounts from 1949 prove that the nascent State of Israel supported the establishment of a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza and opposed the land being absor

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