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Annapolis: The Devil's in the Details Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Annapolis peace conference marked a hopeful start to a renewed negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinians. All of the parties said the right things, and the presence of many moderate Arab and Muslim states at the conference was a welcomed development. And as hard as it was to get ev

The Last Word: The Worst of Years Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

In late November, the US Justice Department released the FBI's 2006 Hate Crime Statistics. While few who follow the media will be surprised to read of 156 'Anti-Islamic' incidents, the 967 'Anti-Jewish' attacks in the same table provides a rare perspective.

Europa Europa: Blaired Vision Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Douglas Davis

The tectonic plates are shifting in the Middle East. Shi'ites are challenging Sunnis; Saudis are squaring up to Iranians; Iraq is drifting inexorably towards fragmentation; Lebanon is sliding back into Syria's clutches; the Palestinians are in violent free-fall; major players in the region - galvani

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Annapolis' Dual Track Strategy Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: David Makovsky

In recent weeks, the United States had reduced expectations that the Annapolis peace conference would culminate in a diplomatic breakthrough for all parties after almost seven years of terror, violence, and non-engagement.

How They Did It Categories: Iraq     Author: Kimberley Kagan

The surge of operations that American and Iraqi forces began on June 15 has dramatically improved security in Baghdad and throughout Iraq. US commanders and soldiers have reversed the negative trends of 2006, some of which date back to 2005.

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Political Crisis in Lebanon/ The case for "Jihadism" Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Multimedia, Syria, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, Lebanon has had no president since last week. The term of the last president, pro-Syrian Emile Lahoud, ended on Nov. 23. However, no successor has been elected because of a stand-off between the pro-Syrian opposition, led by Hezbollah, and the anti-Syrian government, led by

Howard's achievements, Rudd's promise Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The new Rudd Government gives every indication of not only seeking to match, but if possible, even improve on the excellent record of the Howard Government in terms of both willingness to act on Jewish domestic concerns and also Australia's support for Israel's security and peacemaking efforts.

We're MAD if we do not rein in Iran Categories: Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Most analysts agree that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. There are many reasons why Iran shouldn't be allowed to do so. Iran is already the chief source of instability throughout the Middle East - it funds and arms Hezbollah, Hamas, Shi'ite terrorists in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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