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The Last Word: Source-ry

The Last Word: Source-ry Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Reading the reviews and commentaries of the recent publication by the Foreign Minister in the government which was ejected by voters at the 2013 Federal election, then Senator Bob Carr, I note one common assumption seems to be that the writer was telling the truth, or something close to it, in his a

Media Microscope: Carr's Ride Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

On balance, most commentators rejected the accusation Bob Carr made in his published diary of his stint as Australian Foreign Minister - alleging that Melbourne's Jewish leadership, in particular AIJAC, exercised an "unhealthy" influence on Prime Minister Julia Gillard regarding Australia's Israel-P

The Biblio File: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit

The Biblio File: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Sol Stern

Ari Shavit's My Promised Land may well be the most commercially successful, yet also critically acclaimed book by an Israeli writer explaining his country's complicated history to English-speaking readers. Some of this adulation is well deserved. Shavit is the most talented Israeli journalist of hi

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Presidential Parlour Games

Presidential Parlour Games Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Following a seven-year term in which he rehabilitated the Israeli presidency and became the country's public darling and the world's elder statesman, 90-year-old Shimon Peres is ready to pass on the baton, come July 15. The politicians, however, are not ready. Nine candidates are vying for the cere

Decision Time

Decision Time Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

As narratives about the root causes of the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations take shape, US leaders have a major decision to make about whether to disengage from diplomacy or deepen involvement in less high-profile ways. The contours of that choice emerge from a detailed, impassioned, and

The Deep UN

The Deep UN Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ben Cohen

The April reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority's dominant Fatah faction and the Islamist Hamas movement has come as a shock to many. It shouldn't have. In the weeks before the deal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had already taken steps with a profoundly negative

Deconstruction Zone: Palestinian Magical Thinking Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Spyer

So April 29th has passed, and the nine-month period allotted by the current US Administration for its effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute has come and gone. Entirely predictably, it has failed, in its entirety. What can be learned from the failure? The failure of the talks was predic

Scribblings: Israeli Arabs for a Jewish State

Scribblings: Israeli Arabs for a Jewish State Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Extreme critics of Israel tend to argue that Israel's existence as a Jewish homeland is inherently racist. Never mind that most countries in the world have some sort of ethnic identity associated with them - including almost all of Israel's Arab neighbours - and that both Israel's constitution and I

Editorial: At a Crossroads Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The apparent failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian peace talks initiative - launched under a self-imposed nine-month deadline last July and concluding at the end of April - was unfortunately not altogether unexpected. Nevertheless, it was a disappointment for those of us

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