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After the Almaty nuclear talks

After the Almaty nuclear talks Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

In the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran last week, it was agreed to hold two additional meetings - a technical meeting in March and full political talks in early April - after the P5+1 powers softened their demands of Iran and offered greater incentives for agreeing to an interim agr

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Myth and reality regarding US-Israel relations

Myth and reality regarding US-Israel relations Categories: Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Talia Katz

The controversy stirred up during the confirmation hearing of US Senator Chuck Hagel, now appointed Secretary of Defense on Feb. 26, has once again opened debate on the relationship between the US and Israel. More to the point, it has prompted detractors to call into question the role of the "Israel

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How the Turkish Prime Minister condemned himself by calling Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’

How the Turkish Prime Minister condemned himself by calling Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’ Categories: Israel, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on March 1 offensively equated Zionism to racism and fascism at the "Fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum" in Vienna. During the forum, Erdoğan reportedly stated: "Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarde

West Bank Unrest

West Bank Unrest Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features three pieces providing background to the growing - though still limited - West Bank demonstrations. While presented by Australian media as primarily the result of the death in Israeli custody of Arafat Jaradat on Saturday, and Palestinian claims he was tortu

The Last Word: On the Wilders Side

The Last Word: On the Wilders Side Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Jeremy Jones

When it was confirmed that the controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders would be visiting Australia, supporters of Australia's model of cultural diversity considered the most appropriate responses. Given that Australia has a raft of federal and state laws designed to protect targets of racist demonisat

Essay: Peace Studies War

Essay: Peace Studies War Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel     Author: Greg Rose

What is an academic and cultural boycott of Israel intended to achieve? The purported reason for launching a universal boycott of Israeli academics is their country's alleged breaches of international law. Supposedly, the smarting academics will help turn around Israeli policy... Of course, those Is

Myths and Facts about "Prisoner X"

Myths and Facts about "Prisoner X" Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Isi Leibler

As a former head of the Australian Jewish community and now resident in Israel, I was bombarded with endless calls from the Israeli and global media soliciting comment on Ben Zygier, the Australian who committed suicide while in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison.

King Abdullah Wins a Round

King Abdullah Wins a Round Categories: Jordan     Author: Oded Eran

The parliamentary elections in Jordan on Jan. 23, 2013 failed to produce a clear answer as to the impact of the Arab uprisings on the Kingdom's real balance of power between the establishment, headed by King Abdullah, and the opposition, led by the Muslim Brotherhood. Both sides stayed deeply entren

Kids to Jihadists

Kids to Jihadists Categories: Palestinians     Author: Petra Marquardt-Bigman

On January 24, many Sunni Muslims celebrated the birth of Islam's founder Muhammad. As the Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh reported, Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced during a ceremony to mark this occasion that Hamas was planning to establish a "military academy" that would of

The Attraction of Yair Lapid

The Attraction of Yair Lapid Categories: Israel     Author: Yossi Klein Halevi

When Yair Lapid's father, the well-known journalist and politician Tommy Lapid, was on his deathbed, he said to his son: "I'm leaving you the State of Israel." Tommy, a Holocaust survivor, meant that metaphorically; the generation of survivors was entrusting the gift of a Jewish state to its childr

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A Pilgrim's Progress

A Pilgrim's Progress Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Judging by his first State of the Union address since his reelection, US President Barack Obama will focus in his second term on domestic issues - from the deficit, defence spending, and neglected bridges to the minimum wage, gun control and trade relations. After all this, there was very little ti

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