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The Israeli Way of War Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians     Author: Michael Totten

The dry forest on the Israeli-Lebanese border provided shade but little relief. Rain had not fallen for months, and the blistering season-long heat wave that would later set parts of northern Israel on fire was currently burning down forests in Russia.

Scribblings: Time to rethink Fayyadism? Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

[The study] does not mean that Fayyad should not be supported. He remains almost certainly better than any alternative. But it does mean there should be some scepticism directed at Fayyad's claims to be building the institutions of statehood. That is not true if those institutions are completely dep

Editorial: The Winds of Change Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The winds of change appear to be blowing once again in the Middle East. Will the historical events in Tunisia be a defining moment for Arab states in finally moving away from tyrannical rule and towards the path of democratisation? Or will Lebanon, where Iran’s terrorist clients Hezbollah are seek

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The Palestinian Document Release Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update focuses on the collection of alleged Palestinian documents being released by al-Jazeera and the Guardian which is currently in the news. While most of this Update will feature analysis of the significance of the revelations in the documents, it if first worthwhile pointing to some asp

Regime Change in Tunisia Categories: Middle East, Tunisia, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the sudden overthrow of the Ben Ali dictatorship in Tunisia over the weekend. It focuses especially on two questions about the aftermath of this event: Is democracy now in the cards for Tunisia, and what are the implications of the regime change in Tunis for other Middle Easte

Potholes in Mayor's plan

Potholes in Mayor's plan Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Anthony Orkin

In addition to dealing with the needs of locals, the majority of Marrickville Councillors have determined that they will dive headlong into complex Middle East issues, in the process contravening Australian foreign policy and undermining all those who are working to promote a better future for Israe

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The Gaza Problem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This first Update of 2011 contains two new pieces on the always troublesome situation in Gaza, especially in the wake of escalating violence sparked by rocket fire into Israel from there in late December.

Essay: "Refugeeism" Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Michael Bernstam

Though pundits focus on the question of settlements or the current temperature of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, UNRWA's institutionalisation of refugee-cum-military camps is the principal obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Beyond the Freeze Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

The recent announcement that the US Obama Administration has ended efforts to negotiate a 90-day extension of Israel's moratorium on West Bank settlement construction is more opportunity than embarrassment.

Out of the Fire Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The conflagration's duration and breadth, and the five million trees it reduced to ashes, would likely have sufficed to shock the country and touch off a commotion transcending this disaster's already grim environmental repercussions. However, the fire also took more lives than any one of the many t

AIR New Zealand: Unity leads to Shechita victory Categories: Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Communal unity often comes about as a result of a polarising issue, a scandal or a tragedy. For the New Zealand Jewish community, such unity has been evident this year due to the issue of shechita (traditional kosher slaughtering practices) - and the fight against the government’s attempt to ban i

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