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The Last Word: Dangerous Ideas

The Last Word: Dangerous Ideas Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

It would be comforting to imagine that individuals who seek to cause harm to other individuals would be regarded as "dangerous." It would be comforting to imagine that responsible, ethical people would do what they could to protect the intended victims of such "dangerous" people. It would be comfo

The Biblio File: 'Arik, King of Israel'

The Biblio File: 'Arik, King of Israel' Categories: Israel     Author: Paul Monk

Since suffering a crippling stroke on 4 January 2006, Ariel Sharon has lain in a persistent vegetative state beyond hope of recovery. It truncated his prime ministership without ending his life, which lingers on in an irreparably broken condition. This is a mournful last stage in the life of so acti

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The Secret behind India-Israel ties

The Secret behind India-Israel ties Categories: India, Israel     Author: Andrea Nadel

Dr. P.R. Kumaraswamy, Professor with the Centre for West Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, spoke to community members at an AIJAC event on July 16 about India's relations with Israel. Professor Kumaraswamy, who has made Israel the focus of his academic career since 1

Israel's Draft Re-draft

Israel's Draft Re-draft Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The break-up in July of Israel's broad coalition in a dispute over how to reshape the place of the ultra-Orthodox in Israeli society will not change the fact that ultimately, this troubled relationship's future will be markedly different from its past.

What the "Levy Report" actually says Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The "Levy Report" (officially the "Commission to Examine the Status of Building in Judea and Samaria", led by retired Supreme Court judge Edmond Levy) had been released in Israel for barely two hours when critics began accusing it of "undermining Israeli democracy" and signifying the "final death bl

Law and Peace

Law and Peace Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Dore Gold

In January 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Yaakov Neeman, the Justice Minister, turned to former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy to head a panel of legal experts that would look into questions of land ownership in the West Bank. The initiative came about when it was dis

The Aftermath of a Rebel Victory

The Aftermath of a Rebel Victory Categories: Syria     Author: Barry Rubin

The tide seems to be turning in Syria. While the civil war is far from over, the regime is clearly weakening; the rebels are expanding their operations and effectiveness. There have also been more high-level defections. Even though the fighting may go on for months, it is time to start assessing wh

If Assad falls...

If Assad falls... Categories: Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria     Author: Michael Totten

Short of regime change in Teheran, the overthrow of Assad is the worst thing that can happen to the Iranian government and to Hezbollah. Iran will lose its only ally in the Arab world, and Hezbollah will lose one of only two patrons and its entire overground logistics network. Scud missiles and othe

Asia Watch: State of Tension Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

In Malaysia today, it seems that being sympathetic to the Palestinian cause is not enough - especially if you are Christian and (even worse) have visited the Holy Land, which means entering Israel.

Scribblings: Goodbye Gaza

Scribblings: Goodbye Gaza Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is little doubt that the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's presidential and parliamentary elections has been a major setback for Israel's foreign and security policy. It is too early to tell how bad this setback is - much will depend on how much control over Egypt's foreign and defe

Editorial: Ignoring the Obvious Categories: Iran, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The explosion that ripped through a tour bus full of Israeli tourists in the seaside resort of Burgas, Bulgaria on July 18, killing six people - including a pregnant woman - was only the latest in a series of terror attacks perpetrated against Israelis abroad over the past decades. Unfortunately, d

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