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Ed: 42: May/2017

Settling in on settlements

Settling in on settlements

Israeli settlement activity was in the news in early April because the Trump Administration had been steadily defining its policy.

What has emerged is a good policy: sensible, flexible, and realistic...

Obama policy had made construction in the settlements a sore point for eight full years. This was one reason among many for the constant tension between the government of Israel and that of the United States during all of Mr. Obama's term in office.

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge

Although the entry of high-profile hardliners could make the race more interesting, the current President remains the favourite in Iran's May 19 election, which could also help determine the next Supreme Leader.

Another French Revolution

Another French Revolution

The exit polls clearly indicating that Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were through to the second round of the French presidential election were barely in before the main right-wing party's candidate, third-place Francois Fillon, as well as fifth-placed Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, conceded. Within the hour, Fillon and Hamon urged their supporters to vote on May 7 for centrist Macron, and more importantly, against the ultra-nationalist Le Pen.

Le Pen and France's Jewish Community

Le Pen and France’s Jewish Community

Jewish leaders inside and outside France expressed alarm after far-right populist Marine Le Pen's strong showing in the first round of the French presidential election on April 23.

Scribblings: Exposing the Livingstone Formulation

Scribblings: Exposing the Livingstone Formulation

The AIR doesn't often quote the UK's Guardian newspaper positively, given that paper's dyed-in-the-wool anti-Israel editorial stances and slant to its reporting. However, the Guardian deserves full credit for an April 5 editorial exposing an ugly formulation which has become increasing common on the anti-Israel left.

The Last Word: Blood Libels

The Last Word: Blood Libels

The publication of a novel which, in effect, advocated this lie as truth, written by a person purporting to be of Ukrainian descent claiming to be an authentic, neglected voice, brought debate on this malevolent ahistoricity to the mainstream media.

Eventually, the author, Helen "Demidenko" (real surname Darville, later changed to Dale) was exposed as a fabricator and as having used other people's creative work without attribution.

Editorial: Nuclear Shortsightedness

On April 22, in the context of the Australian state visit by US Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea ominously and outrageously threatened to target Australia with a nuclear strike should it follow the US lead in isolating Pyongyang.

This event should draw attention to the need for Australia to consider investing in ballistic missile defence - as Israel has done with the recent deployment of the David's Sling system, the final component of its three-layer missile shield.

The threat should also recall some lessons from the Korean precedent as the Trump Administration struggles to orchestrate its policies regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

Nuclear Lessons

Nuclear Lessons

The Trump Administration is currently reviewing the North Korean nuclear situation, with the aim of generating a fresh approach to stop this determined proliferator. On his trip in mid March to Asia (Japan, South Korea and China), US Secretary of State Tillerson noted that twenty years of diplomatic efforts to dismantle North Korea's nuclear capability have failed...

The 14-Year Revolution

The 14-Year Revolution

Speaking from the depths of the 1,150-room palace he inhabits, Recep Tayyip Erdogan soothed a Turkish TV interviewer that he had no intentions of becoming an Ottoman-style sultan. "I want to be like Queen Elizabeth," he said.

That was in 2015. Now, following a referendum fraught with national, religious, regional, and global implications, his wish has been more than fulfilled - providing the Queen Elizabeth he was referring to was the 16th century Tudor monarch Elizabeth I...

Marwan Barghouti’s great gamble

Marwan Barghouti’s great gamble

At least 1,187 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons began an open-ended hunger strike on Monday, April 17. At the same time, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in demonstrations proclaiming solidarity with the strikers, sparking clashes with Israeli security forces in some places. 

The strike is a political step, carefully planned and organised by Marwan Barghouti, the Fatah leader who is determined to demonstrate to all concerned his mastery, both in skill and stature, of Palestinian politics.