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The Decline of the Generals

The Decline of the Generals Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

For more than half a century, retired generals have checkered Israel's political scene, and at certain critical junctures even dominated it and shaped the country's course. Fifty-five years after newly retired Chief-of-Staff Moshe Dayan was appointed as Minister for Agriculture, the trend may be fi

Media Microscope: Hagelian Dialectics Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

US President Barack Obama's nomination of controversial former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his next Defence-Secretary excited many local America watchers - with pro-Hagel enthusiasts celebrating his views on Israel, Iran, and Iraq while failing to inform readers of his more problematic stances

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Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia

Yes Virginia, there is Antisemitism in Australia Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

For the 12 month period ending September 30, 2012, 543 incidents of "racist violence" (using the definition adopted for more than 20 years by the Federal Government) against Jewish Australians were documented by Jewish organisations in Australia. These incidents included physical assaults, vandalism

The Sinai Powderkeg

The Sinai Powderkeg Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Ehud Yaari

Egypt is the country that counts [in the Middle East]. I lived for years in Egypt but I cannot tell you - and the same goes for my friends in Egypt and I have many - whether Mr. Morsi, the President, sees himself as the ‘Mr. Morsi elected to be President' or as the errand boy of the Muslim Bro

The Appeal of Naftali Bennett

The Appeal of Naftali Bennett Categories: Israel     Author: Andrew Friedman

In many ways, Naftali Bennett is a study in contrasts. He is an unapologetic supporter of Israel's right to settle the open spaces of Judea and Samaria, but he makes his home in Ra'anana, a leafy, upscale town just north of Tel Aviv. He believes Israel should annex Area C, the section of the territo

Bibi's Coalition Calculations

Bibi's Coalition Calculations Categories: Israel     Author: David Makovsky

Anyone who was expecting to know the agenda of Israel's new government on the morning of January 23 was likely to be sorely disappointed, and not only because it will likely take weeks before we know the Knesset's exact composition. Few overarching debates on policy have materialised during this ele

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Asia Watch: Sporting colours

Asia Watch: Sporting colours Categories: Asia, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Michael Shannon

Emerging from nearly two decades of military rule, Myanmar has been a largely closed country known mainly for its iconic figure of democratic resistance Aung San Su Kyyi. Recent visitors have been surprised to find that amidst the transition to democracy, one may encounter young men sporting large s

Scribblings: The "Intimidation" Implication

Scribblings: The "Intimidation" Implication Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the issues that has been raised in the US controversy over the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel as US Defence Secretary is some comments he made in an interview in 2006 that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Washington]." Now in fact, the opposition to Hagel's

Editorial: After the Ballot, the Hard Part Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The ballots have been counted for Israel's 19th Knesset, and Israelis have demonstrated once again why the Middle East's first genuine democracy is still the most mature and successful - a country where every citizen, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or political persuasion has an equal opp

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