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Editorial: Terrorism - tactics and strategy Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

We cannot adequately address the tactical problem of terrorism without acknowledging and understanding this strategic threat - an ideological movement in some ways akin to Fascism and Marxism-Leninism in its desire to violently and completely transform society, and worship of such a revolutionary tr

Inside Iran's Opposition Movement Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new insights into the goals and motivations of Iran's "Green" opposition movement. The first entry comes from Iranian-American analyst Mehdi Khalaji, who writes about the experience of his own father, an ayatollah now languishing in an Iranian prison.

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Palestinian-Israeli peace talks in 2010? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the prospects for resuming and progressing Israeli-Palestinian talks - which have been in limbo since 2008 - in 2010. First up, David Makovsky from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy previews US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell’s visit to the region next week

The legacy of a true friend Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Almost uniquely among Muslim leaders and the heads of Muslim states, Wahid was not reticent about his friendship for Israel and his close ties and desire for even closer ones with the Jewish people.

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Iran's Green Movement: Ashura and the death of Montazeri Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

The Iranian regime has had a bad few weeks internally, resorting to considerable violence to suppress dissident protests first during the annual Ashura Shiite religious festival and then again during the funeral and other mourning ceremonies for leading dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hosein Ali M

Iran, Gaza and Gilad Shalit Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update concerns the linked issues of Iran, Egypt, Gaza and the fate of Gilad Shalit. It opens with a discussion in the Wall Street Journal of "The Peoples' Revolt in Iran," an editorial discussing the mass protests at this week's funeral for opposition figure (but former heir apparent to the

Time's Up for Iran Sanctions Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

If anyone still had any doubts about Iran's nuclear intentions, these should have been dispelled by last week's revelations in The Times of documents showing Iran experimented with neutron trigger technology. Such technology can only be used in nuclear weaponry.

Barriers to two-state peace/ Olmert's Offer Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new pieces on the barriers on the Palestinian side which seem to be preventing the resumption of peace negotiations or achievement of a two-state peace deal after PA President Mahmoud Abbas placed some additional pre-conditions on resuming talks this week.

Media Microscope: Cracking the Codes Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

AIJAC was confident that Bowen's comments were in breach of both the Codes and the Directive, so we sent a formal complaint to the SBS Ombudsman. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the rights to the disputed land, yet Bowen clearly arbitrates in favour of the Palestinian claim.

IAEA: End of an era Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Efraim Asculai

On December 1 Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the three-term International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general passed the keys to his office to his successor... He will probably be remembered as the director-general who politicised his position more than any of his predecessors.

Settling for Less Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In the longer term the settlement scheme as originally designed by the Likud may prove to have spent itself. With leader after leader of the major conservative party ending up at loggerheads with the settlement movement, the deeper differences between them will become more and more difficult to brid

West Bank Story Categories: Palestinians     Author: Tom Gross

The truth is that an independent Palestine is now quietly being built, with Israeli assistance. Palestinian economic growth so far this year has been an impressive seven percent according to the IMF.

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