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Media Microscope: Wrong on the Right Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

The Feb. 12 Age and Herald editorials both wrongly claimed that Netanyahu rejects a two-state solution and the peace process, and portrayed Israel's election results as a blow for peace, implicitly absolving the Palestinians of any responsibility for the state of the peace process.

Asia Watch: Witness Protection Categories: Asia, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East     Author: Michael Shannon

What was a small news item back in November blew-up in a big way at the height of the Israeli military offensive in Gaza. The Indonesian internet was abuzz for several weeks as Islamist-oriented websites like, and attacked Muhammadiyah for its supposed tie

Essay: The Great Rift Categories: Iran, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, Syria     Author: Y. Carmon, Y. Yehoshua, A. Savyon and H. Migron

The Saudi-Iranian conflict, whose various aspects - geostrategic, religious, ethnic and economic - have been affecting the Middle East for the past 30 years, began with the Islamic Revolution in Iran, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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Philadelphi story Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

A primary target of the Israeli operation against Hamas in December and January was weapons smuggling tunnels under the border between the Gaza Strip and the Egyptian Sinai. This border zone is known as the Philadelphi corridor.

What Israelis Know Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Most Israelis believe that the Palestinians don't want to make a comprehensive peace with Israel in exchange for a Palestinian state. Hamas doesn't want it; the Palestinian Authority (PA) is both unwilling and unable to do it. Israel faces a hostile Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah...

The Wash-up Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It may not have been on the scale of Truman's upset in 1948, but Tzipi Livni, leader of the centrist Kadima party, stunned the political system in Israel's February 10 general election. Livni, the outgoing foreign minister, emerged with more votes than anyone else after having trailed Likud leader B

AIR New Zealand: The battlelines of summer Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

In the public sphere, regular anti-Israel protests and demonstrations took place around the country. At one such protest in Wellington, Catholic priest Gerard Burn sprinkled red paint mixed with a drop of his own blood, on a memorial monument to Yitzhak Rabin.


Scribblings: The Numbers Game Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have released semi-official casualty figures for the Gaza campaign, and found no more than one-third of those killed were civilians. This is contrary to numerous media reports based primarily on claims by Hamas and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

Editorial: Election shaped by consensus Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As the close result and large number of late-deciders demonstrated, there is a lack of clear ideological or policy distinctions between Israel's major parties. Moreover, a wide consensus has developed in Israeli politics and public opinion on the desirability of a two-state resolution to the Israel-

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