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After Salam Fayyad

After Salam Fayyad Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

As readers are probably aware, Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad  - widely seen internationally as a competent, efficient and moderate state-builder - submitted his resignation on Saturday and had it accepted by President Mahmoud Abbas. This Update is devoted to analysis of

Boston Marathon bombing: Israel-trained medical team responds, extremists spread conspiracy theories

Boston Marathon bombing: Israel-trained medical team responds, extremists spread conspiracy theories Categories: Antisemitism, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Australians woke up yesterday morning to the shocking news that two bombs had exploded in the streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and had killed three people - Martin Richard an eight-year-old boy who was cheering on his father in the marathon, Krystle Campbell a 29-year-old woman de

A sixty-five year miracle?

A sixty-five year miracle? Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Today, Israel celebrates the 65th anniversary of its independence (Yom Haatzmaut). On 14 May 1948, the day in which the British Mandate over Palestine expired, the Jewish People's Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum, and David Ben Gurion who became Israel's first Prime Minister, read out the St

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Abbas-Fayyad ructions in the PA

Abbas-Fayyad ructions in the PA Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the apparent political crisis within the Palestinian Authority, with reports saying Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has either submitted or plans to submit his resignation following growing disagreements with President Mahmoud Abbas and the wider Fatah movement he ch

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Bassem Youssef and Egypt's Future Course

Bassem Youssef and Egypt's Future Course Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update deals with growing signs that political and economic problems in Egypt may be coming to a head - problems which have been highlighted in the media primarily in the wake of the prosecution for various political "crimes" of Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef. It also fea

Obama, Israel and the "Jewish Lobby"

Obama, Israel and the "Jewish Lobby" Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Talia Katz

Barack Obama's first visit to Israel as President last month has been widely analysed in the context of the Israel-Palestinian peace process and in terms of other regional security concerns, with a particular focus on the sometimes rocky relationship he shares with Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu. How

Media Week - No experience necessary?; Flotilla details sink; McGeough shrugs; Doubting Thomas; One among the pack; Relationships advice

Media Week - No experience necessary?; Flotilla details sink; McGeough shrugs; Doubting Thomas; One among the pack; Relationships advice Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Turkey, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Ahead of PM Julia Gillard's cabinet reshuffle Michael Danby's name was touted in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald (March 25) as a potential foreign affairs parliamentary secretary (in the end he got the gig for the Arts instead). Danby of course has excellent foreign policy credentials...Unfortuna

The Last Word: A Fantasy Visit to Israel

The Last Word: A Fantasy Visit to Israel Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Gil Troy

"I'd love to sit at a cafe and just hang out," President Barack Obama told Israel's Channel 2 on March 14. Obama confessed: "Sometimes I have this fantasy that I can put on a disguise and wear a fake mustache." He mused about wandering Tel Aviv and meeting university students casually. In that spiri

Media Microscope: Intelligence Scared Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The tragic death of Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier continued to play out in the media long past the initial revelations on February 14, and much coverage contained speculation on whether Australian Jews could feel warmly toward Israel and remain loyal to Australia.

Essay: A Lapse into Seriousness

Essay: A Lapse into Seriousness Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Few outside of certain circles would be aware that a draft of the report by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (‘OHCHR') to the UN Human Rights Council (‘HRC') on last year's Gaza conflict was released in March. Any report that the HRC releases on Israel should im

Jerusalem's Cairo Conundrum

Jerusalem's Cairo Conundrum Categories: Egypt     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Egypt's continuing revolutionary turmoil cannot disguise the fact that its people face a fateful crossroads between a creeping oppressive theocracy, descent into abysmal poverty and the return of a military junta. However, Israeli government sources closely monitoring the drama believe that post-Mub

Lebanon - ready to explode?

Lebanon - ready to explode? Categories: Lebanon, Syria     Author: Michael Totten

Lebanon always looks and feels like it's ready to erupt into armed conflict, but today it's more ready than usual. The Syrian civil war next door weighs heavily on this place. Sunnis and Alawites are fighting round after round with no end in sight in the city of Tripoli, and now the northern Bekaa V

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The End of Syria?

The End of Syria? Categories: Europe, Syria     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

Could this tide be stemmed in Syria? Early on in the crisis, it could have been, at a high price, had we had a dog in the fight, or one that we wanted to claim as our own. But the West decided, as in the former Yugoslavia for three long years, to sit this one out. The new order will thus not be crea

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