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Essay: The Illusion of Return

Essay: The Illusion of Return Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Geoffrey Levin

Not far from Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the storied birthplace of Jesus Christ and the West Bank's most popular tourist site, there lies a landmark of a very different kind. Sitting horizontally on a gate in front of the al-Ayda Refugee Camp is a 10-metre long iron key, weighing nearly two

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The Biblio File: A Greek Tragedy in Persia

The Biblio File: A Greek Tragedy in Persia Categories: Iran     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In 1977, Abbas Milani, then a US-educated lecturer at the National University of Iran was arrested by Iranian security forces loyal to the Shah as a result of his authorship of anti-regime pamphlets. He was given over to the far-from-tender mercies of the Komiteh ["the Committee to Fight Terrorism"]

Bibi's Home Truths

Bibi's Home Truths Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It may be more Woodstock than Tahrir Square, but the energy springing from a protesters' tent city along Tel Aviv's fashionable Rothschild Boulevard represents economic, social and political realities that challenge Binyamin Netanyahu's leadership in a way he cannot ignore. Some 300 tents sprang up

Arab Spring yields a Murky Summer

Arab Spring yields a Murky Summer Categories: Egypt, Middle East, Syria, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

The acclaimed "Arab Spring" has given way to a murky summer, dominated by uncertainty, fog and danger as much as democratic hopes, according to academic experts. Some of the movements for reform which blossomed across the region earlier this year may take a long time to mature into democratic regime

If Assad Falls...

If Assad Falls... Categories: Middle East, Syria, Turkey, United States     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

The US administration's policy toward Syria is shaping up to be potentially the greatest missed opportunity of Barack Obama's presidency. If Syria were to break the right way and the regime in Damascus were to fall, the most tenacious state-sponsor of terrorism in the Arab world - Teheran's stronges

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Al-Qaeda on the Ropes?

Al-Qaeda on the Ropes? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The Washington Post reported last week that US counter-terrorism officials ...are increasingly convinced that the killing of Osama bin Laden and the toll of seven years of CIA drone strikes have pushed al­Qaeda to the brink of collapse. The assessment reflects a widespread view at the CIA and

After September

After September Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Pinhas Inbari

For the most part, the international community is tired of the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the prospect of the United Nations "ending" it in September by recognising Palestinian statehood is appealing to many. Moreover, many in the international community consider a solution based on

State of Tension

State of Tension Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Members of the Friends of Israel Initiative

The unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, and its international recognition, would be a huge mistake. A peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians is essential, but can be achieved only through honest negotiations - not by one party imposing a unilateral decision. Over the past two

Asia Watch: The Old Bogeyman

Asia Watch: The Old Bogeyman Categories: Antisemitism, Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

One of the most reliable indices of political heat in Malaysia is when the spectre of Jews or Israel is invoked to discredit domestic political enemies. That no instance seems too far-fetched is an interesting indicator of how Jews are perceived in a country with no Jewish population of its own - a

Scribblings: The Significance of the Oslo Terrorist Attack Categories: Europe, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A horrific event, like the July 22 mass-murder of 76 people in Oslo, Norway by far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, inevitably calls forth huge amounts of commentary attempting to explain how it could have happened and what it means. Some of what is said is insightful, useful, knowledgeable,

Editorial: Up A Tree Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Palestinian Authority's (PA) bid to unilaterally seek UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines in September appears to be losing momentum - not least among Palestnians... The PA's plan to seek UN recognition of nominal statehood cannot lead to anything good for e

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence?

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence? Categories: Europe, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

The Palestinian Authority (PA) "is broke", and according to a recent New York Times article, "the immediate cause of the crisis is the failure of foreign - especially Arab - donors to fulfill promises of aid." According to AP, Arab donations have decreased dramatically over the past couple years, as

Norway Massacre Categories: Antisemitism, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following on from Daniel's blog post about the tragic massacre in Norway where Anders Breivik killed 76 people, readers may be interested in some additional commentary and analysis on the attack beyond that in Australian media coverage. This blog post looks at: Dave Rich's blog post whic

Iranian kettle meets pot

Iranian kettle meets pot Categories: Iran, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Press TV, an Iranian state-controlled media outlet, has reported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seemingly blaming some kind of pro-Israel conspiracy for the anti-Iranian sentiment permeating the Middle East,  "In the final days of their existence, plotters intend to cause differenc

A "Two-State Solution" or a "Two-Stage Solution"?

A "Two-State Solution" or a "Two-Stage Solution"? Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

MEMRI has translated an interview with Nabil Shaath, Head of Foreign Relations in Fatah - the dominant party within the Palestinian Authority - which certainly provides cause for concern. Shaath essentially confesses that the PA's commitment to a two-state solution is merely part of a larger pl

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Threats from Iran, Ambivalence from Egypt

Threats from Iran, Ambivalence from Egypt Categories: Egypt, Iran, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As translated by Iranian defector Reza Kahlili, Iranian Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi responded to the recent assassination of an Iranian scientist, shot by an unidentified man on a motorcycle, by saying: The main plot for this criminal act was conceived by the American government, and sin

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