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Six Days and Fifty Years

Six Days and Fifty Years Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Asher Susser

The 1967 War was a watershed in Middle Eastern history. Israelis call it the Six Day War, which is symbolic of the euphoric sense of victory that Israeli Jews felt in the aftermath of the war. The Arabs don't call it the Six Day War; for them it's the "June War", or the "67 War". It was the most hum

Editorial: June 1967 to June 2017 Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The 1967 war was the product of the refusal of the Arab world to accept Israel's right to exist. Yet since then, many have come to assert that Israel's presence in the West Bank as a result of the 1967 war is the root cause of the conflict. This ignores not only what happened before 1967, but the fa

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Biblio file: The US and Asia’s China Syndrome

Biblio file: The US and Asia’s China Syndrome Categories: Asia, China, United States     Author: David Feith

The United States has repeatedly been surprised by major developments in Asia, sometimes catastrophically so. Think Pearl Harbor... the victory of Mao Zedong's Communists in the Chinese civil war... the Korean War... Vietnam... or the rise of a Chinese superpower competitor from the depths of Maoist

Noted and Quoted - May 2017 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

An SBS TV "World News" (March 30) report from Greg Dyett was marked by its lack of context. Reporting on the March 29 Arab League summit in Jordan backing the 2002 Arab peace initiative, Dyett said it "calls for a complete Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories." Viewers weren't told the

Essay: Resisting the Past

Essay: Resisting the Past Categories: Palestinians     Author: Alex Joffe

On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinians have launched a campaign calling for an official British apology and compensation. This effort illustrates the ways in which honour, internationalisation, symbolism and playing on Western guilt shape the Palestinian culture of den

Behind the News - May 2017

Behind the News - May 2017 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

In the wake of the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the Syrian rebel held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the former head of chemical warfare in the 5th Division of the Syrian army, Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat, who in 2013 defected from the regime, has stated that the regime has large amounts of chem

Deconstruction Zone: Losing the rational Israeli

Deconstruction Zone: Losing the rational Israeli Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: David Brinn

I asked him if the painful concessions he mentioned included recognising that likelihood as part of a land adjustment of the pre-1967 war lines. Rajoub answered by raising his voice and saying absolutely not, all settlements were "a malignant cancer." Whose fault is it that they exist, he demanded

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gareth Narunsky

The Age newspaper (and the Sydney Morning Herald online) ran a “report” from anti-Zionist activist and author Antony Loewenstein on April 10 titled Ticking towards war: What will it take to change life in the Gaza Strip? Anyone familiar with the self-described independent journalist&rsq

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace”

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace” Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently met with US President Donald Trump and said, "Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace."  If only that was true, peace might appear a lot closer.&nbs

After N Korea, don't forget Iran

After N Korea, don't forget Iran Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Shmuel Levin

As North Korea once again comes to the fore of the world's conscious, the lesson should be clear. What matters is not short-term talk, deal, and negotiations, but whether Iran's long-term ambitions have changed. For now, this does not seem to be the case. And, if this is allowed to fester, the long

AIR New Zealand: Campus speech controversy

AIR New Zealand: Campus speech controversy Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Miriam Bell

In reality, there is a high degree of misunderstanding about what freedom of speech means. All too often, people seem to think the principle only applies if they agree with what is being said - with anything else being re-defined as "hate speech". This tendency has been further complicated by the g

Syria strike sends global message

Syria strike sends global message Categories: Middle East, Russia, Syria, United States     Author: Amos Yadlin and Assaf Orion

On the level of the world powers, the US attack demonstrated Trump's willingness to employ military force independently for the purpose of upholding international norms and enforcing previous resolutions, even after Russia and China vetoed a resolution in the Security Council in this regard.

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Asia Watch: A ‘dark horse' surges ahead

Asia Watch: A ‘dark horse' surges ahead Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Elections to determine the leadership of a major South East Asian city have not traditionally attracted much international attention. But Jakarta's gubernatorial race of 2017 was always going to be an exception, touching upon deep national undercurrents of religious and ethnic identity and interests

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