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Ed: 43: November/2018

Fighting over a Peace Plan that doesn’t exist

While Palestinian hatred for Trump and his administration does not come as a surprise, what is strange is that the two Palestinian factions – Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip – are now using President Trump’s awaited plan to throw mud at one another.

Deconstruction Zone: What the IAEA doesn’t know – or want to know – about...

The gaps in the IAEA’s knowledge – of Iran’s past nuclear work, of its military sites, of items mentioned in Section T of the nuclear deal, and of the nuclear sites discovered by Israeli intelligence – raise questions about the full extent of Iran’s nuclear program.

Scribblings: Don’t give Turkey a pass in Khashoggi affair

Turkey sees Saudi Arabia as a key rival and is attempting to milk the Khashoggi murder to inflict as much damage on Saudi Arabia as it can, as well as pump up the international status of the Islamist Erdogan government in Ankara

The Last Word: Voters’ choice

Conspiracy theorists and others used this as a pretext to proffer an image of a Jewish cabal so powerful it could achieve ends without even knowing it sought them. One particularly shameful intervention came in the form of a tweet by Shaoquett Moselmane, who represents the ALP in the NSW Parliament.

MbS, Khashoggi and the Saudi power structure

MbS has become the most powerful crown prince in Saudi history. Since replacing his father as Defence Minister nearly four years ago, he has steadily concentrated all of the kingdom’s disparate military forces under his control. 

Israel and the Khashoggi crisis

Here’s the rule: If a major event happens in the Middle East, it will generally have an impact on Israel. The disappearance of Saudi government critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey is no exception.

Gaza and the Rockets of October

Woken up at 3:39 AM by a rocket-alert siren that travelled through Beersheva’s empty streets, the single-mother of three rushed upstairs to the bedrooms of her kids, ran with them downstairs to the flat’s safe room. Barely a second later, a rocket pierced the façade of her two-story unit...

Editorial: Beyond conventional wisdom

The Prime Minister’s decision to consider moving the embassy to Jerusalem and review the Iran nuclear deal are appropriate and emphatically in our national interest. To argue otherwise is to cling to outdated positions while remaining blind to the changes which have taken place

Scare Trade

Fast forward ten months to today, and we can now fairly evaluate the PLO’s cardamom boycott in two words: Epic fail. Guatemala’s cardamom continues to be in high demand globally. 

The Kingdom and the Power

It seems that at the top of the Saudi pyramid there was no one with sufficient knowledge to advise against the assault on Khashoggi, sufficient power to stop it if MbS wanted it, or sufficient courage to disagree with him.