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BDS on the Outer

BDS on the Outer Categories: Anti-Zionism, United States     Author: Ben Cohen

2016 may well be remembered as the year that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel finally died its death - in a clinical sense, at least. Across the US, state legislatures are passing bills that will outlaw state authorities from investing public funds in, and enter

Editorial: The Roots of Consensus Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been widely criticised for agreeing, in an interview prior to last year's election, with a reporter who asked him to confirm that a Palestinian state would not be created in his next term. Netanyahu's reply was immediately seized upon by critics who cla

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Iranian election shows hoped-for moderation a pipe dream

Iranian election shows hoped-for moderation a pipe dream Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In elections on Feb. 26, Iran is set to choose a new Majlis, or parliament, as well as the "Assembly of Experts" - a body of religious scholars whose main job is to choose the Supreme Leader - currently 76-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. However, hopes that last July's nuclear deal - officially i

Israel struggles to land the Leviathan

Israel struggles to land the Leviathan Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Five years ago a massive offshore reserve of natural gas - appropriately named Leviathan - was discovered approximately 170 km. off the Israeli coast, approximately 4.5 km. underwater. Since then, attempts to tap into the gas field have stalled, as new challenges emerged at each step of the way.

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Biblio File: Rabin's Revenge

Biblio File: Rabin's Revenge Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Seth Mandel

Over the past two decades, though, something strange has happened. The two camps have switched sides. Israel's left bitterly credits Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, with victory; the two-state solution is dead, they say, and its death throes began that night in 1995. Meanwhile, many of the leaders on

Madaya and an empowered Iran

Madaya and an empowered Iran Categories: Iran, Syria     Author: Avi Issacharoff

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Saturday, Jan. 16, that "it's now time for all - especially Muslim nations - to join hands and rid the world of violent extremism. Iran is ready."  That assertion coincided with the latest report that another resident of Madaya, the Syria

Asia Watch: On the Crest of a Wave?

Asia Watch: On the Crest of a Wave? Categories: Asia, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

The explosions that rocked downtown Jakarta in broad daylight on Jan. 14 surprised only those who were unlucky enough to be in the vicinity at that time. There had been hints of what was to come for weeks. After the coordinated attacks across Paris in November, Bahrun Naim, a former Internet caf&ea

Deconstruction Zone: Farewell... Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

My first interview for AIR lasted barely ten minutes. That was in 1978, shortly after the Camp David Agreement was signed in Washington in September by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin.  Those were heady days, brightened by hope for subsequent peace agre

Media Microscope: A Farewell to Sanctions Categories: Australasia, Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The significance of lifting economic sanctions on Iran under the P5+1 nuclear deal was given appropriate media coverage in mid-January. On ABC Radio National "Breakfast" (Jan. 18), Teheran University's Professor Mohammad Marandi told Fran Kelly Iran has "done everything they were supposed to do and

Religious Zionism and "price tag" terrorism

Religious Zionism and "price tag" terrorism Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Andrew Friedman

In addition to ongoing Palestinian terror attacks, Israel has been rocked over the past year by a series of attacks against Palestinian individuals and property, presumably committed by members of the religious Zionist community. The attacks, known as "price tag" attacks, led to the administrative d

Judicial jujitsu awaits Israel's new A-G

Judicial jujitsu awaits Israel's new A-G Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Politics and the law, wrote Israeli jurist Haim Cohen, must be separated because the one thrives on partiality and the other on impartiality. At the same time, the legislative and executive branches must also interface routinely and intensely, a dynamic that in most democracies happens, one way or

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NZ Icon takes on Antisemitism

NZ Icon takes on Antisemitism Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Back in 2014, at the height of the Israel-Gaza conflict, I wrote about the extreme nature of anti-Israel protests and public pronouncements. I pondered whether there might perhaps be a stream of antisemitism, disguised as anti-Israel sentiment, growing in New Zealand. These concerns are shared by o

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