Home Ed: 42: December/2017

Ed: 42: December/2017

Stranger than Fiction - December 2017

Stranger than Fiction – December 2017

"Breaking the Silence" is an Israeli NGO that campaigns against Israeli military policies in the West Bank by circulating often damning testimonies from soldiers and former soldiers about alleged human rights abuses of Palestinians...

Deconstruction Zone: Why Israel Saved A Syrian Village

Deconstruction Zone: Why Israel Saved A Syrian Village

For the third time in the last two years, Israel threatened military action to stop an attack by extremist Syrian rebels on the Syrian Druze village of Khader. It did so despite the fact that Syrian Druze have sided with the Assad regime in that war, meaning they're aligned with Israel's arch-enemies, Iran and Hezbollah; despite the fact that Khader itself has been the source of several anti-Israel terror attacks; and despite the fact that such intervention risks entangling Israel in Syria's civil war...

Biblio File: Revisionism revisited

Biblio File: Revisionism revisited

Heller's book on Jabotinsky and the Eastern European roots of Revisionist Zionism is a vital contribution. The miracle is that he has given us a wonderfully well researched, finely nuanced and deeply informative history, rather than an ideological polemic.

Essay: Coexistence Lost

Essay: Coexistence Lost

The leaders of the nascent pan-Arab movement were perfectly amenable to endorsing the Balfour Declaration so long as this seemed to be conducive to their ambitions.

Noted and Quoted - December 2017

Noted and Quoted – December 2017

In the Hobart Mercury (Nov. 13), columnist Greg Barns penned an extraordinary apologia dismissing claims of alleged Russian and Chinese interference in politics here and elsewhere, saying the true threat comes from the US and Israel.

Sadat's Visit - after 40 years

Sadat’s Visit – after 40 years

Forty years ago this month, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat landed at Ben-Gurion Airport for a two-day visit in Jerusalem at the official invitation of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The entire world held its breath.

Asia Watch: Theory and practice

Asia Watch: Theory and practice

Under Prime Minister Najib Razak, the Malaysian government has long touted the merits of a cohesive and inclusive multi-religious society in the Muslim-majority nation...

But a string of racial and religious incidents has brought concerns of rising Islamic conservatism to prominence, as the government plays on identity issues to widen not only its advantage ahead of the coming election season but also the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Media Microscope: 1917 and all that

Media Microscope: 1917 and all that

The 100th anniversary commemoration of the Charge of the Light Horse saw a cornucopia of media reports on the legacy of the Battle of Beersheba.

Behind the News - December 2017

Behind the News – December 2017

Economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians was discussed on Oct. 29 during a meeting between Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah...

Doc Evatt and the Partition Plan

Doc Evatt and the Partition Plan

Israel's creation depended heavily on the actions of H.V. Evatt, the enigmatic Australian statesman who served as president of the UN General Assembly at the time of Israel's admission to the United Nations.