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Ed: 38: May/2013

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Margaret and Edith and Immanuel

Margaret and Edith and Immanuel Categories: Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

Transcending sentiment and pragmatic impulses was Thatcher's hard-nosed perception that the qualities of the Jewish community coincided precisely with her own aspirational vision for Britain: self-help and hard work, ambition and endeavour, enterprise, personal responsibility and social justice.

The Last Word: Standing Up on the Bus

The Last Word: Standing Up on the Bus Categories: Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was horrible to watch, on an ordinary Sydney bus, on an ordinary day. A male, chronologically an adult, delivered a racist tirade directed at two other passengers.A young woman who recorded the incident on her phone told media that the targets of the abuse had done nothing which would have promp

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Israel talks Turkey

Israel talks Turkey Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

During his visit to Israel in March, US President Barack Obama arranged a dramatic telephone call on March 22 between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Erdogan. Netanyahu spoke of Israel's "regret for certain operational errors" in the commando assault on the Mavi Marmara. Compensation,

Yair Lapid's Moment of Truth

Yair Lapid's Moment of Truth Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Experts agree that the Israeli economy, while suffering no major illness, is nonetheless in need of some bitter preventive treatment if it is to avoid serious ailments down the road. At the heart of the situation that Finance Minister Yair Lapid inherited yawns a 4.2%-of-GDP budget deficit, the resu

A 65-Year Miracle?

A 65-Year Miracle? Categories: Israel     Author: Isi Leibler

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, an ingathering of the exiles took place with Jews from all over the globe flocking to find haven in the newly established Jewish state. There, against all odds, they bonded together into a melting pot of Shoah survivors, refugees fleeing persecution in Arab coun

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Fayyad Out

Fayyad Out Categories: Palestinians     Author: David Makovsky

Fayyad's tenure has since been defined by institution-building, including in the areas of finance and security - an approach that became known as "Fayyadism". Security cooperation with Israel became the norm. As violence decreased and order returned to the street, Israel lifted many of its West Bank

Boston, Chechens and “home-grown” terror

Boston, Chechens and “home-grown” terror Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Ely Karmon

This is a kind of home-grown terrorism, but one that is based on the radicalisation of people coming from the Middle East, Central Asia, even Southeast Asia, that exists in the United States but happens also in Australia and Europe... Besides the nationalist aspect of Chechens, there is also a globa

Scribblings: Israel's Emotional Rollercoaster Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

One of the most interesting and original aspects of Israeli national culture has been the coupling of Israel's Independence Day, Yom Haatzmaut, with the memorial day for victims of war and terrorism, Yom Hazikaron. Yom Hazikaron, is the 4th of Iyyar in the Jewish calendar, one day before Yom Haatzma

Editorial: A Reminder from Boston Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The detonation of two potent bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three and injuring 282, demonstrated that the "age" of Islamist terrorism against Western civilian targets - launched by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks - is not over. The terrorist threat is neither a mere "irritant" nor a th

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