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The Last Word: A+ for AIPAC

The Last Word: A+ for AIPAC Categories: International Jewry, United States     Author: Jeremy Jones

Some years ago, I was invited to attend the Annual Policy Conference of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. At that time, attendance was in the hundreds and the agenda narrowly focused. This year I returned to AIPAC as an invited speaker on the subject "Israel and Asia - New Fronti

Essay: With Friends Like These...

Essay: With Friends Like These... Categories: Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Efraim Karsh

For most of the twentieth century, inter-Arab politics were dominated by the doctrine of pan-Arabism, postulating the existence of "a single nation bound by the common ties of language, religion and history... behind the facade of a multiplicity of sovereign states". No single issue dominated this d

The Biblio File: The Civil Servant and the Insurgents

The Biblio File: The Civil Servant and the Insurgents Categories: Middle East, United States     Author: Paul Monk

When the memoirs of Robert Gates were released in Australia in mid-January, much was made of his alleged criticisms of US President Barack Obama. Gates was a holdover from the Bush Administration and a lifelong Republican, as well as the former head of the CIA; so those already inclined to be critic

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Indonesian Democracy comes to Tunisia

Indonesian Democracy comes to Tunisia Categories: Asia, Tunisia     Author: Dr. Giora Eliraz

Since 2011, Indonesia - home to the largest Muslim community in the world - has been conducting a dialogue on democracy with Egypt and Tunisia. This has largely been triggered by Indonesia's ambition to advance democracy in the Muslim, and especially Arab, states and to prove in the international ar

Herzog's Shadow Coalition

Herzog's Shadow Coalition Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It was rare, strange, and bold. Faced with the coalition's resolve to pass three laws that are deeply disagreeable, each to a different part of the opposition, new Labor party chair and Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog led a boycott of the plenary votes which turned those bills into law.   

Yaari: Coping Without a Peace Deal

Yaari: Coping Without a Peace Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Palestinian leadership will never agree to a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines and an end to the conflict with Israel unless all of its demands are met, but that does not mean Israel should not take the initiative towards a two-state outcome. That was a core message of renowned Israeli journal

Peace and the Partnership Problem

Peace and the Partnership Problem Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Khaled Abu Toameh, veteran Palestinian Affairs reporter for the Jerusalem Post and other major international media, told a group of AIJAC supporters in Melbourne on February 28 that current US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians appeared almost certain to fail no matter what Isr

Recognising Reality

Recognising Reality Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: BICOM

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's position that a permanent status agreement resulting in a two state solution must include explicit Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is rejected by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, and is a key point of contention in th

Scribblings: Hate Mail and Ideology

Scribblings: Hate Mail and Ideology Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Who sends hate mail with antisemitic themes? A German researcher got a shock when she tried to answer this question. Monika Schwarz-Friesel, a linguistics professor at the Technical University of Berlin, and her team read 14,000 letters and emails addressed over ten years to Germany's Central Counc

Editorial: Abbas' Moment of Truth Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As US Secretary of State John Kerry's self-imposed nine-month deadline for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations approaches, evidence is growing that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' true objective may not be to strike a deal that would give his people a state, but rather to run away f

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