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Essay: The Illusion of Return

Essay: The Illusion of Return Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Geoffrey Levin

Not far from Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the storied birthplace of Jesus Christ and the West Bank's most popular tourist site, there lies a landmark of a very different kind. Sitting horizontally on a gate in front of the al-Ayda Refugee Camp is a 10-metre long iron key, weighing nearly two

The Biblio File: A Greek Tragedy in Persia

The Biblio File: A Greek Tragedy in Persia Categories: Iran     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In 1977, Abbas Milani, then a US-educated lecturer at the National University of Iran was arrested by Iranian security forces loyal to the Shah as a result of his authorship of anti-regime pamphlets. He was given over to the far-from-tender mercies of the Komiteh ["the Committee to Fight Terrorism"]

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Bibi's Home Truths

Bibi's Home Truths Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It may be more Woodstock than Tahrir Square, but the energy springing from a protesters' tent city along Tel Aviv's fashionable Rothschild Boulevard represents economic, social and political realities that challenge Binyamin Netanyahu's leadership in a way he cannot ignore. Some 300 tents sprang up

Arab Spring yields a Murky Summer

Arab Spring yields a Murky Summer Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Syria, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

The acclaimed "Arab Spring" has given way to a murky summer, dominated by uncertainty, fog and danger as much as democratic hopes, according to academic experts. Some of the movements for reform which blossomed across the region earlier this year may take a long time to mature into democratic regime

If Assad Falls...

If Assad Falls... Categories: Middle East, Syria, Turkey, United States     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

The US administration's policy toward Syria is shaping up to be potentially the greatest missed opportunity of Barack Obama's presidency. If Syria were to break the right way and the regime in Damascus were to fall, the most tenacious state-sponsor of terrorism in the Arab world - Teheran's stronges

After September

After September Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Pinhas Inbari

For the most part, the international community is tired of the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the prospect of the United Nations "ending" it in September by recognising Palestinian statehood is appealing to many. Moreover, many in the international community consider a solution based on

State of Tension

State of Tension Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Members of the Friends of Israel Initiative

The unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, and its international recognition, would be a huge mistake. A peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians is essential, but can be achieved only through honest negotiations - not by one party imposing a unilateral decision. Over the past two

Asia Watch: The Old Bogeyman

Asia Watch: The Old Bogeyman Categories: Antisemitism, Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

One of the most reliable indices of political heat in Malaysia is when the spectre of Jews or Israel is invoked to discredit domestic political enemies. That no instance seems too far-fetched is an interesting indicator of how Jews are perceived in a country with no Jewish population of its own - a

Scribblings: The Significance of the Oslo Terrorist Attack Categories: Europe, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A horrific event, like the July 22 mass-murder of 76 people in Oslo, Norway by far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, inevitably calls forth huge amounts of commentary attempting to explain how it could have happened and what it means. Some of what is said is insightful, useful, knowledgeable,

Editorial: Up A Tree Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Palestinian Authority's (PA) bid to unilaterally seek UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines in September appears to be losing momentum - not least among Palestnians... The PA's plan to seek UN recognition of nominal statehood cannot lead to anything good for e

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