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Russia’s S-300 delivery to Iran - is it a game changer, as Iran steps up support for Hamas and Hezbollah?

Russia’s S-300 delivery to Iran - is it a game changer, as Iran steps up support for Hamas and Hezbollah? Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Russia's decision to transfer the advanced S-300 air-defence system to Iran could be a "game changer". The S-300 would significantly bolster Iran's military capability, as one of the most powerful air-defence systems in the world, which would make it much more difficult for Israel or the US to strik

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Dangers in the Iran Nuclear Deal

Dangers in the Iran Nuclear Deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

PRINCE Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief, warned last month a deal that allows Iran a pathway to create a nuclear bomb could ignite a new arms race in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and South Korea have already signed a memorandum of understanding on nuclear power. Nuclear wea

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The Iranian nuclear framework deal

The Iranian nuclear framework deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

This Update takes an initial look at the controversial Iranian nuclear framework deal that was verbally agreed to by US and P5+1 and Iranian negotiators late last week in Lausanne, as well as a good overview of the ongoing degeneration of countries across the Middle East into fractur

A Jerusalem-Beijing ‘Expressway'?

A Jerusalem-Beijing ‘Expressway'? Categories: China, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Since Washington blocked some controversial Israeli arms sales to China in the late 1990s, Jerusalem and Beijing have progressively developed and deepened their economic, commercial and cultural ties. Israeli priorities are primarily bilateral, while China's eager demand for Israeli technology and k

The Last Word: March Madness

The Last Word: March Madness Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Julius Caesar, in Shakespeare's script, was warned he should "Beware the Ides of March". People living in Sydney, in 2015, had reason to beware the Ideas of March. Miriam Margolyes kicked off events on the ABC television programme "Q & A". She began by asserting, "People don't like Jews", and t

Media Microscope: Bringing up Bibi Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Overwhelmingly, media coverage of Binyamin Netanyahu's re-election framed the comments he made in the lead up to election day as a convenient hook to explain why a two-state resolution is in limbo. This was largely achieved by misreporting or excluding critical sections of Netanyahu's actual remark

Essay: Paradigm Shift

Essay: Paradigm Shift Categories: Israel     Author: Evelyn Gordon

Nowadays, it's become virtually accepted wisdom that Israel is becoming increasingly right-wing, and that this shift constitutes a major obstacle to peace... A popular corollary of this thesis is that Israel, as it moves rightward, is becoming less democratic, less respectful of civil rights, and le

Iran and the North Korea Precedent

Iran and the North Korea Precedent Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Dan Blumenthal and Edward Linczer

In his March 3 address to the US Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rightly compared the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran to Washington's past experience with North Korea. But the Obama Administration appears to be willfully ignoring the record with North Korea. It also seems

Obama and Bibi need to sort out their differences

Obama and Bibi need to sort out their differences Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

It's time for an intervention. Friends of the US-Israel relationship shouldn't let their leaders drive drunk on confidence. If they do, they may inadvertently steer a precious alliance right off the cliff. Yet right now, US President Barack Obama and Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu are each empowered

Bibi Comes Back

Bibi Comes Back Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In an electoral upset on par with Attlee's defeat of Churchill in 1945 and Truman's of Dewey in 1948, Binyamin Netanyahu emerged from Israel's twentieth general election with a decisive victory that has left pundits, pollsters and rivals dumbfounded.

Deconstruction Zone: Delegitimisation/Settlement Blues Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel faces a "war of words, images and ideas", posing a significant strategic threat to its existence, according to Dr. Einat Wilf, a former member of the Knesset and an Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. On Feb. 8, Dr. Wilf told an audience in Melbourne that she uses

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