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The Last Word: The Culture of Dialogue

The Last Word: The Culture of Dialogue Categories: Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

It is not an everyday occurrence to see senior Saudi Arabian government officials speak alongside rabbis based in Israel, prominent Buddhist figures and Indian swamis. But, for the second year in succession, the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural D

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia Categories: Asia, Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Go East. That's the catchphrase Naftali Bennett, Israel's Economics and Commerce Minister has chosen for his new initiative to shift Israel's strategic and trade focus away from its traditional Western European orientation and towards Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Oceania.

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The Bedouin Conundrum

The Bedouin Conundrum Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Nomadism, once a common way of life from Mongolia to America, is fast disappearing worldwide, and Israel is no exception.  Known as Bedouins, Israel's nomads have largely abandoned the camels and tents that had been their hallmarks since the days when Abraham camped in Beersheva. The estimated

Geneva: Beyond the Hype

Geneva: Beyond the Hype Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

The blockbuster nuclear deal reached early on the morning of Nov. 24 in Geneva between Iran and the US-led coalition is both less and more consequential than early reports suggested. And there is a good chance that its real value - whether it prevents Iran's nuclear ambitions or inadvertently opens

Opportunity created by Hamas disarray

Opportunity created by Hamas disarray Categories: Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Ely Karmon

A string of major regional developments over the past two years has left the Islamist Hamas government in Gaza in dire straits and opened up new opportunities for Israel and Palestinian moderates. In backing the Sunni rebels in the Syrian civil war, Hamas forfeited its special ties with its biggest

Securing Peace

Securing Peace Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ron Ben Yishai

US Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings in Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) over the second week of December - focussed on US proposals for security arrangements for a final agreement - were historic. That can be said without fear of overstatement and even without knowing all the detail

Europa Europa: Going Swedish?

Europa Europa: Going Swedish? Categories: Europe, International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Douglas Davis

From Israel to Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the myriad Gulf statelets, the perception that Washington has thrown in its lot with the Iranian-led Shia world - Syria and Hezbollah, plus Iraq - is unmistakable. That might not have been Obama's intention, but in such matters, percepti

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When debating policy on Iran's illegal nuclear program, one argument that always gets raised is the supposed "double standard" of forcing Iran to give up its efforts to build nuclear weapons when Israel is believed to have nuclear weapons capabilities. Morally, the question is not that hard to addr

Editorial: Israel - “Lighthouse Nation” Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It is well known that Israel, uniquely among all the world's countries, is frequently singled out for ridiculously unequal treatment in international bodies. This might give the impression that Israel is some type of international pariah nation, and this is certainly the impression that its enemies

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