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Lessons and Learning Categories: Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As thousands followed the coffins of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, whose bodies arrived in Israel two years after the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, a sense of sobriety, introspection and catharsis descended on the Jewish state.

Truce and Consequences Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

The ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas is a testament to the success of Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip according to Nimrod Barkan, head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Centre for Policy Research.

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Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is the issue Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IN the nuclear crisis with Iran, the focus of the international community must be to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state, full stop. It is cavalier and dangerous to assume that we can "manage" the threats from a nuclear armed Iran by strategies such as deterrence.

The New Reality in Iraq/ Oil Prices and the Middle East Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update offers some new and very optimistic assessments of the situation in Iraq. First up, if you haven't seen it in today's Australian, don't miss academic military experts Kimberley and Frederick Kagan, together with retired senior US General Jack Keane's report in the Wall Street Journal on

Hamas' post-ceasefire strategy Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features two pieces dealing with Hamas' strategy now that a ceasefire has been declared. First up is the always uniquely tuned-in Ehud Yaari arguing, based on his incomparable sources on the Palestinian side, that Hamas wants the ceasefire to last and will likely seek to extend it even b

Terrorism in Jerusalem Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update opens with a discussion of Wednesday's terrorist attack on one of Jerusalem’s busiest streets, when a Palestinian construction worker from eastern Jerusalem ploughed a bulldozer into cars and buses. Three people were killed and 66 wounded in the attack.

The Gaza Ceasefire Updated Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update covers the week since the Gaza ceasefire, which has been marked by a lack of fire ceasing. Islamic Jihad fired three rockets into Israel from Gaza five days after the ceasefire went into effect. It said the attack was in response to an Israeli strike on an Islamic Jihad target in the

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