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Media Microscope: Death of a Statesman Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

With the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace dim, Shimon Peres' passing was inevitability refracted through the prism of today's geo-political environment. In the Australian (Sept. 29), foreign editor Greg Sheridan wrote Peres' death "may well mark the death of the modern Arab-Israeli peace pro

The PA and the "Arab Quartet"

The PA and the "Arab Quartet" Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Abbas' thoughts seem to be elsewhere these days. He is facing a new challenge from unexpected parties, namely several Arab countries that have come together to demand that he reform his ruling Fatah faction and pave the way for the emergence of a new Palestinian leadership.

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The Last Word: Over - and Out!

The Last Word: Over - and Out! Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

"I'm over God", Peter Goers wrote in a column in Adelaide's Sunday tabloid in October. Whether or not Goers actually now is "over God" is far less of a concern, or even interest, than the fact he appears to be "over" some other things - such as truth, decency, dignity and civil discourse.In a colum

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath

The battle for Mosul, and its aftermath Categories: Iraq     Author: Col. Jacques Neriah

Various sources report today that facing ISIS's 5,000-10,000 combatants in Mosul, about 65,000 Iraqi troops from different units have massed to dislodge ISIS. Some Arab sources place the total number of combatants of the anti-ISIS coalition at almost 140,000 fighters...

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis Categories: Palestinians     Author: Graham Jamison

I had the impression, mostly from the media, that Gaza was more or less destroyed. The images of bombed-out buildings and piles of rubble I saw in the news looked apocalyptic, Syria-esque... But as I entered the outskirts of Gaza City, disembarking at last in the bustling commercial centre of Al-Ri

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"?

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Clifford D. May

President Obama is expected to refocus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the November elections, during his final days in office. He has reportedly asked the State Department to come up with a list of options. Among them: "Obama parameters" that would replace the Clinton parameters, measures

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Israel loses its last founding father

Israel loses its last founding father Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Shimon Peres, the man who had dared so much to deliver peace thus ended his 66-year public career the way he launched it: at war. Swords and shields were a fixture of his era, and beating them into ploughshares remained a dream. Yet Peres, who died in September at 93, became the acrobat who bestrod

Editorial: The next US president Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump move into the final days of their campaigns, there is only one certainty: after eight years, the Barack Obama era will soon come to an end. The president to be inaugurated on January 20 will face a very challenging foreign policy landsc

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