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A Trial for Gaddafi?

A Trial for Gaddafi? Categories: International Security, Libya, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Earlier this week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and two close associates. A number of commentators have noted that this could potentially be counterproductive to the goal of ending the war in Libya quickly

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Israel jumps in Global Innovation Index

Israel jumps in Global Innovation Index Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Israel has jumped 9 places to number 14 in the 2011 Global Innovation Index (GII). Coming from a rank of 23 last year, Israel flew past Australia - which fell from 18 in 2010 to 21 in 2011 - into the top 15 most innovative countries in the world, blitzing the other Middle East and North Africa

Gaza Realities/ The Settlement Obsession

Gaza Realities/ The Settlement Obsession Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two pieces which describe the reality of the situation in Gaza - in contrast to the way it is often described by activists and even in general media reports. First up is recent visitor to Australia Dr. Michael Rubin, who compares Gaza to a whole variety of countries

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What no-one knows about Fatah-Hamas unity

What no-one knows about Fatah-Hamas unity Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Following up on Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz’s earlier post which noted that Fatah and Hamas have reportedly abandoned efforts to form a unity government until September, it important to point out that such discord was more or less predicted by most knowledgeable experts... Moreover, as Y. Yehoshua

Jordan to oppose PA statehood bid Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

In an unexpected setback to President Abbas, the UAE-based al-Bayan newspaper has reported, that Jordan will oppose the Palestinian Authority's bid for unilateral statehood at the United Nations, becoming the first Arab state to publicly rebuff President Abbas. A senior official from the

More blows to Palestinian unilateralism Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

In a move against Palestinian unilateralism, the United States Senate passed a resolution yesterday that threatens to withdraw aid from the Palestinian Authority if they continue with their commitment to go to the UN and request statehood in September. The resolution also rejected any Palestinian go

Peace polling improves in Post-Revolutionary Egypt Categories: Egypt, Israel, Updates     Author: Geoff Levin

A new study has indicated that two-thirds of all Egyptians support maintaining the Arab republic's 1979 peace agreement with Israel. The poll, conducted by the Egyptian government's Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC), showed that 67% of those responding want to uphold the historic Egypt

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The Truth about Kosher Slaughter Categories: Australasia, International Jewry, Updates     Author: Geoff Levin

The Sunday Age has recently published two articles, an editorial, and a blog post alleging that Kosher slaughter causes undue pain to animals, advocating legislation that would effectively end the production of kosher meat in Australia. While the articles repeatedly claimed that unstunned slaughter

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