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The Price: Palestinian Prisoners released Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Four hundred and seventy seven Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel in the deal to free IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Hamas since 2006, with another 550 to be released in November. The prisoners include some of the most notorious terrorists perpetrators against Israel including

The Homecoming

The Homecoming Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Sukkot, the feast of Tabernacles, is the only Jewish holiday on which the Bible expressly commands the Jews to be happy. In Israel this Autumn, it turned out not only happy, but euphoric, as abducted Sergeant Gilad Shalit returned home after more than five years of unvisited and unlocated captivity

Asia Watch: The Elephant in the Room Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

Concerns about growing religious intolerance in Indonesia have been heightened in recent weeks in the wake of violent attacks and restrictive local laws, but legislative moves appear unlikely to address the core problem. Some recent scene-setting events demonstrate the scope of the problem.More tha

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Scribblings: Poster Child for Palestinian Terror

Scribblings: Poster Child for Palestinian Terror Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The Gilad Shalit deal led to the release of many heinous murderers, and one cannot but feel enormous sympathy for the distress this caused the families of those they murdered. But if there is one individual who symbolises the incomprehensibly ugly belief system, the determination to murder at all c

Editorial: An Extraordinary Society Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Finally Gilad Shalit, who became known in Israel as ‘everyone's son', has returned home. His liberation led to what can only be called a sense of national euphoria across the Jewish state. The costs to gain his release after five years of captivity were, objectively, enormous. Among the 1,027

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Ilan Grapel and AIJAC

Ilan Grapel and AIJAC Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Egypt, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As readers will note from the accompanying media release, AIJAC is very relieved and pleased that Ilan Grapel, a bright young Israeli-American student, has now been released after more than four months of detention in Egypt. Ilan served a 2009 stint in AIJAC's Melbourne's office as a visiting Goldma

Considering the last resort option on Iran

Considering the last resort option on Iran Categories: Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

International legal scholar Louis René Beres, US Admiral (ret.) Leon Edney and US Lt Gen (ret.) Thomas G. McInerney have written an insightful article in Haaretz, looking at the current Iranian nuclear predicament and the various possible responses, focusing on the legality of a pre-emptive s

Gaddafi's death, Libya's future

Gaddafi's death, Libya's future Categories: Libya, Middle East, Updates    

The death of long-standing Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday has led to the effective end of the NATO-supported Libyan revolution against his rule. This Update is devoted to understanding Libya's outlook and dilemmas in the wake of Gaddafi's death. First up is note

 Elections in Tunisia

Elections in Tunisia Categories: Middle East, Tunisia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Sunday 23 October, Tunisia held its first truly free election since its independence. Tunisian Hadiya Al Sabie said: "It's the first time I have voted from my heart....Not for something that I am forced to vote for, but from my heart." The polls have now closed after a voter turnout out of

Iran’s alleged Washington plot re-examined

Iran’s alleged Washington plot re-examined Categories: Iran, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As noted in the last Update, the recently exposed alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the US at a Washington restaurant - and commit a number of the other terror attacks in the US - is a big story which has provoked much commentary and analysis. Some of that analysis, such as by fo

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Gilad Shalit is free... What now?

Gilad Shalit is free... What now? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is free after five years and four months in captivity in Gaza, and the elation in Israel is overwhelming. (An excellent collection of news and analysis on the release and its aftermath has been assembled by Britain's Telegraph. Israeli P

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