Home Ed: 32: February/2007

Ed: 32: February/2007

Media Microscope: Holiday Traditions

Each holiday comes with various traditions, some long established and some more recent. One of the newer traditions of the Christmas season is that the media will feature reports about how hard Israel is making it to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem.

The Last Word: The Enemies’? Friends

Regular readers of the print and on-line publications of various Nazi apologists, anti-Israel fanatics and obsessive antisemites will not have been surprised at the presence at the Iranian Holocaust denier confab in December of a small group of individuals purporting to be Â?Torah-True JewsÂ?.

Lessons Learned

Israel's strategic re-think after Halutz

Another chance for Labor?

Israel?s Labor Party, long eulogised for its repeated electoral failures over the past three decades, is increasingly full of hope that it may finally have arrived at the brink of a more positive era in its history.

Thai-ed Down

On 4 January 2004, a group of armed men raided a Thai Army camp. They were equipped with acetylene torches and bolt cutters; in all they made off with more than 300 M-16s, ammunition and other weaponry. It is the date most commonly used to mark the current manifestation of the insurgency in Thailand's restive south, dominated by Muslim Malays.

Biblio File: Power and Partnership

This book should change the terms in which Australia?s alliance with the United States is publicly debated in this country. Its most important claim, from the standpoint of an Australian, is that the US-Australian alliance empowers Australia.

Deconstruction Zone: Perversely, the Best of Times

To those who closely follow events in Israel, this might seem to be the worst of times. Since last year?s campaign in Lebanon, the IDF has been wracked by a process of self-assessment that has been brutal, both in its honesty and in its impact on senior officers? careers.

Editorial: Taking Responsibility

The resignation of IDF Chief of Staff (CoS) Lieut. General Dan Halutz has cast a stone into the pond of Israeli politics at a time of unusual soul-searching in Israel.