Ben Gurion review offers up some home truths

Ben Gurion review offers up some home truths

August 3, 2012 | Or Avi Guy

The latest edition of Quadrant magazine featured a book review by Daryl McCann of Ben-Gurion: A Political Life (Schocken Books, 2011), which is highly recommended not only for what it says about the book, but because it explains clearly some truths and some long-forgotten facts about the origins of the Arab-Israel conflict that everyone should understand.

Egyptian President Morsi and the case of the mysterious letter

Egyptian President Morsi and the case of the mysterious letter

August 3, 2012 | Allon Lee

Did he or didn’t he?

The saga continues over the authorship of a note purportedly sent by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to Shimon Peres, his Israeli counterpart, thanking him for his good wishes at the start of the Muslim festival of Ramadan.

 

The Future of Fatah / Preventing military conflict with Iran

The Future of Fatah / Preventing military conflict with Iran

August 3, 2012

This Update features two pieces of analysis which discuss worrying signs for the secular nationalist Fatah movement that dominates the Palestinian Authority –  emanating from both current Middle East trends, as well as developments in the West Bank itself.

First up is academic expert and recent visitor to Australia Dr. Jonathan Spyer, who sees the entire Palestinian nationalist movement as looking very vulnerable to the Islamist trends which are eclipsing Arab nationalist regimes across the Middle East.

In Israel

In Israel, Romney seeks to differentiate himself from Obama

August 2, 2012 | Ahron Shapiro

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee in this November’s US presidential race, made the most of a visit to Israel on Sunday, creating daylight – not between the US and Israel under a future Romney Administration, but rather – between his views and attitudes towards Israel and its neighbours and those of the current Obama Administration.

Incitement watch: Hamas denies Holocaust and Israeli-Arab Parliamentarian supports Burgas bombing

Incitement watch: Hamas denies Holocaust and Israeli-Arab Parliamentarian supports Burgas bombing

August 2, 2012 | Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

When Hamas is criticised for its antisemitic and genocidal rhetoric, the common trend is to refer to its 1988 charter, which repeats traditional antisemitic conspiracy theories, specifically cites notorious antisemitic propaganda document ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, and contains some explicit calls to murder Jews. In return, apologists for Hamas have alleged that the charter is no longer a relevant document and accused Hamas detractors of using the document deceptively to demonise an innocent organisation.

Unfortunately, repeated statements from Hamas indicate that the spirit of the charter pervades the organisation to this day. A recent episode concerning Palestinian Authority (PA) official Ziad Al-Bandak is a case in point…

Israeli innovations in the toilet… and everywhere else

Israeli innovations in the toilet… and everywhere else

August 1, 2012 | Andrea Nadel

Israel’s internal and external challenges often make headlines around the world. Israel’s contributions to improving living conditions for people the world over, however, are finally starting to get the world’s attention. Here are just a few recent examples which caught our eye.

Olympic opening ceremony reveals hypocrisy of the IOC refusal to honour Munich massacre victims

Olympic opening ceremony reveals hypocrisy of the IOC refusal to honour Munich massacre victims

July 31, 2012 | Sharyn Mittelman

As expected, the Olympic opening ceremony was held on July 28 without a minute’s silence to honour the memory of the eleven Israeli athletes, who were brutally murdered by members of the Palestinian terrorist group ‘Black September’ forty years ago at the Munich Olympics.

However, many were disgusted by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) refusal to agree to such a tribute and provided their own remembrance of Munich. In support of the cause, during the American broadcast, Bob Costas silenced his microphone for five seconds to honour the Munich victims. In another show of solidarity, some 30 members of the Italian Olympic delegation held a moment of silence at the entrance to the Israeli delegation’s residential compound in London.

Hamas courts Egypt's Morsi

Hamas courts Egypt’s Morsi, weighs Gazan independence

July 31, 2012 | Ahron Shapiro

Hamas officials, who had responded with elation over the election of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Muhammad Morsi to Egypt’s presidency in late June, have come calling in Cairo twice over the past week, seeking to collect on Morsi’s campaign promises to open Gaza’s border to more trade and easier freedom of movement.

Hamas on the Rise in the "Islamist Spring"?

Hamas on the Rise in the “Islamist Spring”?

July 27, 2012

This Update features pieces covering the rising regional and financial clout of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas as a result of the changes re-shaping the Middle East over the past eighteen months in what is sometimes called the “Arab Spring.”

First up is noted American Palestinian Affairs analyst Jonathan Schanzer, who focuses on the financial signs of Hamas’ growing clout compared to the Palestinian Authority (PA). He notes that while the PA is effectively broke, Hamas is riding high financially thanks to growing support from two new benefactors – Qatar and Turkey – despite the weakening of Hamas’ ties to traditional patrons Syria and Iran.

Bulgaria attack underscores the absurdity of Israel's exclusion from new Counterterrorism Forum

Bulgaria attack underscores the absurdity of Israel’s exclusion from new Counterterrorism Forum

July 25, 2012 | Or Avi Guy

Kochava and Yitzhak Shriki were supposed to be celebrating right now. They recently found out that after years of fertility treatments their greatest wish was being granted – 44-year-old Kochava was finally pregnant with their first child. They were on their way to a short summer vacation in Burgas, Bulgaria. A few hours later, the Shriki’s dream has turned into a horrible nightmare when a suicide bomber exploded near a Bulgarian airport, right next to tourist buses packed with Israelis on their way from the airport to their hotels. Seven people were killed, five of them Israeli. One of them was Kochava.

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