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Editorial: A Great Leap Backwards Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

No one was surprised that the Goldstone Report, released Sept. 15, strongly condemned Israel, and was riddled with demonstrable falsehoods and blatant bias. After all, one of the mission's investigators, London School of Economics Professor Christine Chinkin, declared Israel guilty of war crimes eve

The Obama-Abbas-Netanyahu Meeting Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update examines Tuesday's Obama-Abbas-Netanyahu meeting ahead of the annual UN General Assembly talkfest. Opinion about the meeting, from the Israeli left and right as well as the Palestinians has been one of near universal cynicism.

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Dealing with Syria Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update contains three opinion pieces on Western, and especially US, policy toward Syria - commenting especially on the implications of a major blow-up between the Iraqis and Syrians last month, with the former withdrawing their Ambassador in protest over alleged Syrian involvement in terrorism

Media Microscope: Settling for Spin Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

Much of our media has taken the Palestinian line that the settlements are the main obstacle to peace. Unfortunately, not only are the settlements focused on too heavily, at the expense of the real problem - especially continued Palestinian intransigence and division - but many reports on the West Ba

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Essay: Neighbourhood Spat Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Nadav Shragai

An Israeli plan to build 20 housing units in the Shepherd Hotel compound in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem has added a new dimension to an already complex dispute between the Obama Administration and Israel over continued construction in eastern Jerusalem.

Recession recedes early in Israel Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In Israel, which to begin with arrived at the global recession well after its emergence, there is no reason to speculate - newly released data indicate that the recession here is over, thanks to a rare combination of responsibility, flexibility and some luck, too.

Khamenei vs. Khomeini Categories: Iran     Author: Ali Reza Eshraghi

The opposition is going straight to the source in their search for legitimacy, accusing Khamenei of disrespecting Khomeini's legacy and claiming Khomeini's mantle for itself.

Real Numbers Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ben-Dror Yemini

Every week new reports are published on the number of civilians killed in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. Again and again, Israel is blamed for "disproportionate casualties among civilians."

Islamist vs. Islamist Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Kay

It says something about the politically pathologised state of Palestinian society that Hamas - itself a murderous Islamist terrorist group bent on Israel's destruction - found an even crazier group to fight with in mid-August.

A Victory For Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Mohammed Yaghi

On Aug. 10, Fatah concluded its Sixth Congress, the first in 20 years. Although media attention has focused on some of the summit's disturbing pronouncements, significant political developments also occurred.

Asia Watch: Business Interests Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

While there is no imminent prospect of Indonesia establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, Jakarta's longstanding political stance is no impediment to a burgeoning commercial relationship with the Jewish state.

Swedish libels / Iranian cabinet choices Categories: Iran, Israel, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on two stories making headlines in Israel for the last couple of days; the story in a Swedish newspaper alleging that Israel harvests Palestinian organs, and the appointment as Iranian defence minister of a man wanted in Argentina on terrorism related charges.

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"Economic peace" and the two-state resolution Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update leads with some pieces on the improving economic situation in the West Bank, and how this relates to Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's idea for "economic peace" - accompanying peace talks with efforts to improve the concrete economic and security situation in the West Bank.

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