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An Israel-China alliance?

An Israel-China alliance? Categories: China, Israel     Author: Jonathan Schanzer

While next year marks 25 years of bilateral ties between the two countries, and Chinese officials were unreservedly gushing over Israeli innovations in technology and modern weaponry, the Chinese are stumbling over their ideological commitments. As a Communist country sworn to a non-aligned vision o

Asia Watch: Bearing Fruit

Asia Watch: Bearing Fruit Categories: China, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

While the death of Shimon Peres was met with tributes from around the globe, one of his most significant legacies - Israel's burgeoning relationship with China - was brought into focus in the days following his state funeral.

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Biblio File: Ike and the Mideast Delusion

Biblio File: Ike and the Mideast Delusion Categories: Egypt, Middle East, United States     Author: James Traub

Had Mr. Obama had the chance to read Ike's Gamble, Michael Doran's account of President Dwight D. ("Ike") Eisenhower's statecraft before, during and after the Suez Crisis of 1956, he might have saved his breath. Mr. Doran, a scholar and former State and Defence Department official in the George W. B

Deconstruction Zone: Settlements and Ethnic Cleansing Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eugene Kontorovich

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu provoked a storm of diplomatic disapproval recently when he pointed out that "the Palestinian Authority actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: no Jews." The Obama Administration responded that it is "inappropriate" to speak of demands fo

Media Microscope: Death of a Statesman Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

With the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace dim, Shimon Peres' passing was inevitability refracted through the prism of today's geo-political environment. In the Australian (Sept. 29), foreign editor Greg Sheridan wrote Peres' death "may well mark the death of the modern Arab-Israeli peace pro

The PA and the "Arab Quartet"

The PA and the "Arab Quartet" Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Abbas' thoughts seem to be elsewhere these days. He is facing a new challenge from unexpected parties, namely several Arab countries that have come together to demand that he reform his ruling Fatah faction and pave the way for the emergence of a new Palestinian leadership.

The Last Word: Over - and Out!

The Last Word: Over - and Out! Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

"I'm over God", Peter Goers wrote in a column in Adelaide's Sunday tabloid in October. Whether or not Goers actually now is "over God" is far less of a concern, or even interest, than the fact he appears to be "over" some other things - such as truth, decency, dignity and civil discourse.In a colum

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath Categories: Iraq     Author: Col. Jacques Neriah

Various sources report today that facing ISIS's 5,000-10,000 combatants in Mosul, about 65,000 Iraqi troops from different units have massed to dislodge ISIS. Some Arab sources place the total number of combatants of the anti-ISIS coalition at almost 140,000 fighters...

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis Categories: Palestinians     Author: Graham Jamison

I had the impression, mostly from the media, that Gaza was more or less destroyed. The images of bombed-out buildings and piles of rubble I saw in the news looked apocalyptic, Syria-esque... But as I entered the outskirts of Gaza City, disembarking at last in the bustling commercial centre of Al-Ri

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"?

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Clifford D. May

President Obama is expected to refocus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the November elections, during his final days in office. He has reportedly asked the State Department to come up with a list of options. Among them: "Obama parameters" that would replace the Clinton parameters, measures

Israel loses its last founding father

Israel loses its last founding father Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Shimon Peres, the man who had dared so much to deliver peace thus ended his 66-year public career the way he launched it: at war. Swords and shields were a fixture of his era, and beating them into ploughshares remained a dream. Yet Peres, who died in September at 93, became the acrobat who bestrod

Editorial: The next US president Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump move into the final days of their campaigns, there is only one certainty: after eight years, the Barack Obama era will soon come to an end. The president to be inaugurated on January 20 will face a very challenging foreign policy landsc

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