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UN Palmer Report - Blockade of Gaza is Legal

UN Palmer Report - Blockade of Gaza is Legal Categories: Israel, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The United Nation's "Palmer Report" into last year's flotilla incident on the Mavi Marmara has vindicated Israel by finding that the naval blockade of the Gaza strip, including Israel's right to enforce the blockade including in international waters is legal under international law and it has also r

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Libya: The Rebels and their Prospects

Libya: The Rebels and their Prospects Categories: Libya, Updates    

This Update deals further with aftermath of the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, and particularly the prospects for the rebel "Transitional National Council" (TNC) to effectively rule the country and establish the "pluralist democracy" they claim is their aim.  First u

Temple Denial

Temple Denial Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The phenomenon of ‘Temple Denial' is a campaign led by Palestinian political leaders, religious figures, academics and journalists to delegitimise the Jewish historical connection with the area of Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem - which according to Jewish tradition is Judaism's mos

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Is Iran abandoning Assad?

Is Iran abandoning Assad? Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Is Iran starting to pull back from Syria's Assad regime, its closest ally, as the unrest and bloodshed in Syria continues? Ostensibly, there are some signs that Teheran is, at least verbally, starting to create a bit of distance from Damascus. Firstly, Iran's Foreign Minister publicly suggested Sy

The blind spot empowering Palestinian rejectionism

The blind spot empowering Palestinian rejectionism Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In a hard-hitting analysis that raises some important reasons why the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has not been resolved, columnist David Warren in the Ottawa Citizen notes: The Palestinians, so far as they are a people, have now a long history of being able to do things without consequences. He c

 Fears for Libya and Syria’s WMDs

Fears for Libya and Syria’s WMDs Categories: Libya, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Both Libya and Syria have large arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and with the demise of Gaddaffi's regime and possibily the Assad regime, there are concerns that the WMDs could get into the wrong hands - with catastrophic results. According to Ynet, most of Libya's chemical weapons ar

The Debate over Re-militarising the Sinai

The Debate over Re-militarising the Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Following the recent outbreak of terror attacks on the porous border between Egypt, Israel and Gaza, debate in Israel has been focussed on how best to prevent this violence from reoccurring. Egypt has been engaged in similar considerations, deploying 1,500 troops in the Sinai yesterday, su

Terrorist attack in south Tel Aviv

Terrorist attack in south Tel Aviv Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Early Monday morning eight people were injured in south Tel Aviv, when a 20 year old from Nablus in the West Bank, hijacked a taxi and rammed it into a police road block protecting a Tel Aviv nightclub.  He then exited the vehicle and stabbed additional people screaming "Allah Akbar" [god is gr

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