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Modi in Israel

Modi in Israel Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Narendra Modi made history in the first week of July as the first sitting Indian prime minister to visit Israel. The visit reflects the rapidly growing warm ties between the two democratic nations, as they seek greater cooperation on a range of issues including trade, defence, tourism, agriculture a

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Amb. Dennis Ross: Premature Palestinian state recognition should be discouraged

Amb. Dennis Ross: Premature Palestinian state recognition should be discouraged Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

At an exclusive AIJAC press briefing in Melbourne, Anti-Defamation Commission guest and veteran former US Middle East peace envoy and Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke out against calls for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state, saying such gestures place ‘symbols over substance' and mak

Biblio File: Immoral Equivalence

Biblio File: Immoral Equivalence Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Daniella Greenbaum

Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a new collection of essays edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, features 26 different writers - all of whom visited Israel on delegations organised by Breaking the Silence. The book is a latticework of propaganda, pieced together by distortions and half-truths. The

Noted and Quoted - July 2017

Noted and Quoted - July 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

In the Hobart Mercury (June 5), anti-Israel pundit Greg Barns called Hamas comparatively "a cuddly kitten" and questioned why it is a "criminal offence in Australia" to support it, yet "it is not a criminal offence for the Australian Government to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, which is the most prolifi

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Deconstruction Zone: Which Way To Turn?

Deconstruction Zone: Which Way To Turn? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Paul Gardner

An important concept for religious Muslims is qibla, the direction in which one should face during salah, the five-times-daily prayer that all Muslims are commanded to observe. The traditional Islamic view is that the original qibla was in the direction of what they called Haram esh-Sharif (the Nob

Afghanistan on the brink?

Afghanistan on the brink? Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan     Author: Michael Rubin

On June 13, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress that the United States was "not winning" in Afghanistan. That is the understatement of the year. While President Trump has authorised Mattis to call up some additional troops, there remains no comprehensive strategy for victory, let alone sta

The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis

The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis Categories: Gulf states, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Kobi Michael and Yoel Guzansky

The foreign policy of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman - has never been a model of cooperation and unity. Even the dramatic severing of relations with Qatar and closing the aerial, territorial, and naval s

Asia Watch: A New Front Opens

Asia Watch: A New Front Opens Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

After weeks of fighting, Philippine security forces still face stiff resistance from militant fighters spread across the sprawling city, which now lies in ruins. Government troops have suffered heavy casualties due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and snipers... Although the fighting has now

Behind the News - July 2017

Behind the News - July 2017 Categories: Hamas, Iran, Israel, Palestinians    

On June 16, Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka, 23, was fatally stabbed near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate in a co-ordinated gun and knife attack. Seconds earlier, two other assailants attacked Israeli border police troops nearby with a homemade gun and knives, injuring four people. All three attack

Essay: After Victory

Essay: After Victory Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yaakov Lozowick

When the guns fell silent on the evening of June 10, 1967, the Middle East and Israel were forever changed. The discussion Israel's cabinet ministers began on June 14 forged the conundrum we live in now. Reading through transcripts of some 20 hours of discussions held the week after the Six Day War

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Palestinians as Tactical Moderates, Strategic Militants

Palestinians as Tactical Moderates, Strategic Militants Categories: Palestinians     Author: David Pollock

Surprising results from a highly credible new survey in the West Bank and Gaza conducted May 16-26, 2017, demonstrate that Palestinians are often more moderate than their leaders on short-term political issues - such as "pay for slay" bonuses for terrorists, a US embassy move to Jerusalem, or Hamas

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