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Essay: Lawrence of Judea Categories: Israel     Author: Martin Gilbert

For generations of British Arabists, Lawrence was and remains a symbol of British understanding of and support for the Arab cause. Virtually unknown, however, is his understanding of and support for Jewish national aspirations in the same era.

A Crossroads in Afghanistan Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan     Author: Alex Alexiev

The capture of the Taliban's second in command in Karachi in early February has been treated in the media as a major US coup and a watershed event in US-Pakistani cooperation in the war against the Taliban. It is, regrettably, nothing of the kind.

Bibi's Year of Living Safely Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

And yet, firm though Netanyahu's position on the saddle seems, it isn't clear just where the horse under it is heading. Netanyahu's delivery of actual change has been slow at best. Unlike his stint as treasurer earlier in the decade, when he arrived at his job with plans which he lost no time puttin

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A Town Called Sderot Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Andrew Friedman

Local and international media made much ado about the one-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's military operation over December 2008 and January 2009 in the Gaza Strip to suppress Qassam rocket fire at Israeli civilians. But residents of Sderot, the Israeli town just three kilometres fr

What's next for the Iranian Opposition Categories: Iran     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

Supreme leader Ali Khamenei had a good day on February 11. If the pro-democracy Green movement had managed to send hundreds of thousands of demonstrators once again onto Teheran's streets, his heybat - the indispensable awe behind dictatorship - would have been finished.

Fade to Green? Categories: Iran     Author: Mehdi Khalaji

Khamenei had spent months worrying that the opposition Green movement would hijack the anniversary. On Feb. 11, he seemed to regain his self-confidence by proving that he could manage Teheran's streets.

AIR New Zealand: Kiwis in Turtle Bay Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

In several columns last year I wrote that the diplomatic relationship between New Zealand and Israel appeared to be improving - due to the new more Israel-friendly National-led government and the imminent reopening of an Israeli Embassy in Wellington.

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"Fatahgate"/New Goldstone Revelations Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update opens with some comment on a story that has had little coverage in Australia - a scandal within the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority involving a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas named Rafik Husseini allegedly using his position to solicit sexual favours.

Clashes expected in Iran tomorrow amid latest nuclear crisis Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

It is widely being predicted that tomorrow, February 11, which is the anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, there will be widespread clashes in Iran between the regime and opposition demonstrators, with both sides reportedly mobilising their forces onto the streets of Iranian cities, especially

Abbas' Negotiation Dilemmas Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new analysis of the position of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations - negotiations about negotiations, one might say - continue

The Last Word: Peer Pressure Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

The Australian think-alikes distributed curricula vitae of their spokespersons, looking suspiciously like job applications, with anti-Israel disinformation, while urging Australians to exploit the Open as an opportunity to join the defamation of all Israelis.

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Media MIcroscope: Siege Mentality Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

The media predictably commemorated the anniversary of Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza with pieces and reports bemoaning the continuing state of "siege". Many failed to blame Hamas for this situation, which would be remedied if Hamas renounces violence, recognises Israel and accepts existing agr

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