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AIR New Zealand: Durban Dissent Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Ever since I heard that a "Durban II" conference on racism was going to be held, I've watched with interest to see whether New Zealand would be involved and what sort of public dialogue might occur about our stance.

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Editorial: Washington and Jerusalem Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

President Obama has reportedly said he wishes to begin renewing peace progress by asking for a series of "concrete steps" as reciprocal "confidence-building measures". This is potentially fully congruent with Netanyahu's approach - especially in terms of his concentration on "reciprocity"

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Israel's New Government Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, Israel's new government was sworn in on Tuesday. First up, the Jerusalem Post editorialises both about the bloated size of the new cabinet - 30 ministers and seven deputy ministers - and the need to move forward on a number of fronts despite the problematic size created by

The Last Word: Many Faiths - Many Challenges Categories: Antisemitism     Author: Jeremy Jones

At the London conference, it was encouraging, even inspiring, to hear Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other parliamentarians from Europe, the Americas, Turkey and North Africa express their revulsion at antisemitism in its multiple manifestations, including the pernicious Nazi/Israeli analogy.

Essay: Ballistic Blitz Categories: Israel     Author: Uzi Rubin

Furthermore, it seems that the Israeli Home Front Command's alarm system, together with public compliance, prevented the loss of many lives. For example, in two cases of direct Grad hits on multi-story buildings in Ashdod, residents only suffered from anxiety and minor injuries, since most successfu

"Economic Peace" and the West Bank Categories: Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

As the security situation stabilised, more border crossings were opened and road blocks were removed to encourage the flow of people and goods. Today, there are no Israel Defence Force (IDF) road blocks inside Palestinian cities.

Yes, We Can Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Frederick W. Kagan, Max Boot & Kimberly Kagan

Fears of impending disaster are hard to sustain, however, if you actually spend some time in Afghanistan, as we did recently at the invitation of General David Petraeus, chief of US Central Command. We spent eight days travelling from the snow-capped peaks of Kunar province near the border with Paki

Love's Labor's Loss? Categories: Israel     Author: Shmuel Rosner

By joining the coalition, Barak reinforces the negative view most Israelis have of his personal qualities, and might jeopardise Labor's future. But as legitimate as it is to question Barak's motives, a coalition with Labor as an active member is better for the country.

Barak bolsters Bibi Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Binyamin Netanyahu has changed. Thirteen years ago, when he was elected Israel's youngest-ever prime minister, Netanyahu hastily patched together a narrow, right-wing coalition, and thus deprived himself of potential allies on both right and left.

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