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The Last Word: A Fantasy Visit to Israel

The Last Word: A Fantasy Visit to Israel Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Gil Troy

"I'd love to sit at a cafe and just hang out," President Barack Obama told Israel's Channel 2 on March 14. Obama confessed: "Sometimes I have this fantasy that I can put on a disguise and wear a fake mustache." He mused about wandering Tel Aviv and meeting university students casually. In that spiri

Media Microscope: Intelligence Scared Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The tragic death of Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier continued to play out in the media long past the initial revelations on February 14, and much coverage contained speculation on whether Australian Jews could feel warmly toward Israel and remain loyal to Australia.

Essay: A Lapse into Seriousness

Essay: A Lapse into Seriousness Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Few outside of certain circles would be aware that a draft of the report by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (‘OHCHR') to the UN Human Rights Council (‘HRC') on last year's Gaza conflict was released in March. Any report that the HRC releases on Israel should im

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Jerusalem's Cairo Conundrum

Jerusalem's Cairo Conundrum Categories: Egypt     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Egypt's continuing revolutionary turmoil cannot disguise the fact that its people face a fateful crossroads between a creeping oppressive theocracy, descent into abysmal poverty and the return of a military junta. However, Israeli government sources closely monitoring the drama believe that post-Mub

Lebanon - ready to explode?

Lebanon - ready to explode? Categories: Lebanon, Syria     Author: Michael Totten

Lebanon always looks and feels like it's ready to erupt into armed conflict, but today it's more ready than usual. The Syrian civil war next door weighs heavily on this place. Sunnis and Alawites are fighting round after round with no end in sight in the city of Tripoli, and now the northern Bekaa V

The End of Syria?

The End of Syria? Categories: Europe, Syria     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

Could this tide be stemmed in Syria? Early on in the crisis, it could have been, at a high price, had we had a dog in the fight, or one that we wanted to claim as our own. But the West decided, as in the former Yugoslavia for three long years, to sit this one out. The new order will thus not be crea

Bibi's Third Government

Bibi's Third Government Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It took six weeks to hatch, and it is probably not quite the baby Binyamin Netanyahu had in mind when he called January's early election. Yet the coalition with which he is embarking on his third premiership - sworn in on March 18 - looks likely to prove the most reformist.

Europa Europa: Riding the Tiger Categories: Europe, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

Did the leaders of the European Union rise up in their wrath to condemn Hezbollah for taking - and plotting to take - Israeli lives on European territory? Did they, like the United States and others, declare Hezbollah to be an illegal terrorist organisation? Like hell they did.

Editorial: This Year in Jerusalem Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

US President Barack Obama's first visit to Israel as President will be remembered for many highlights, but none perhaps more important to the Jewish people than one simple paragraph he delivered in his remarks upon his arrival. "I know that in stepping foot on this land, I walk with you on the hist

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