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The Last Word: Religion and Conflict

The Last Word: Religion and Conflict Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The words were delivered in a matter of fact manner. The speakers were calm, rational, authentic and authoritative.The information the two men shared was spine-chilling. Both were from the Central African Republic. One Christian, one Muslim, each committed to their faith and to the well-being of the

The Software of Coexistence

The Software of Coexistence Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

If Muhammad can't come to the mountain, then the mountain must come to Muhammad. And that's exactly what Smadar Nehab and Sami Saadi set out to do when they established Tsofen (Compass) in Nazareth eight years ago. Tsofen is an Arab-Jewish NGO promoting job placement solutions for young unemployed I

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Urban Warfare in Gaza and Beyond

Urban Warfare in Gaza and Beyond Categories: International Security, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The third international conference on the Challenges of Warfare in Densely Populated Areas was held on December 2 at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University, in conjunction with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This year's conference was held ju

Fraternal Rivals

Fraternal Rivals Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

The State of the Islamic Caliphate (known as the Islamic State, IS, ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh), which was declared by self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has fundamentally altered the reality of the Middle East and threatens to reshuffle the geopolitical cards, change the map of existing state bo

The Power of Personality

The Power of Personality Categories: Israel     Author: Shmuel Rosner

Israelis don't directly vote for PM candidates. In a parliamentary system like ours, one votes for a party - namely, an ideology. But, alas, Israel's parties, except for very few, have little to offer as far as ideology is concerned...Is she a hawk? Is she a dove? Livni can take her seat in a govern

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Political Tempest

Political Tempest Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Autumn ended early for Israelis this year, as winds were ruffling Jerusalem's foliage already in October and by November heavy rains poured down on Tel Aviv. Still, by early December the politicians had stolen winter's thunder, having rushed into an unseasonable election blanketed in a thick fog. I

Scribblings: Too Good to Check

Scribblings: Too Good to Check Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

I know a country that is so racist it has public holidays associated with one religious faith, thus excluding and marginalising those who follow other religions or no religion. It is so racist that it has a symbol of one religious faith on its flag. Furthermore, in this country, the main calendar us

Editorial: Back to the Polls Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Twenty-two months into a maximum four-year term, Israelis are going to the polls again on March 17, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu dismissed two of his ministers - Justice Minister Tzipi Livni of Hatnua and Finance Minister Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid - and dissolved his governing coalition. F

Messages of support for Australia from Israel

Messages of support for Australia from Israel Categories: Australasia, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Australia has received condolences from around the world, including from Israelis, who deeply understand the pain and tragedy of terrorist attacks. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, "I would like to send my condolences to Australian PM Tony Abbott and to the Australian people over

First Person: Time to wake up

First Person: Time to wake up Categories: Australasia, Op-eds, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Armed hostage taking is extremely rare in Australia, and armed hostage taking accompanied by a banner that evoked images of Islamic State, al-Qaida or other groups known for their inhumanity, barbarity and callous disregard for morality and decency, is unprecedented.

Letter to The Age/SMH: Home demolitions Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In Australia, a major purpose for imposing lengthy jail terms is to deter would-be criminals. But what if the would-be perpetrator intended to die in their attack, in the belief that they would go straight to paradise? What if they murdered in the knowledge they would become a hero in their communit

Washington’s goal now appears to be to legitimise Iran as a nuclear threshold state in exchange for a few concessions

Washington’s goal now appears to be to legitimise Iran as a nuclear threshold state in exchange for a few concessions Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran over Iran's nuclear program in Vienna have just missed another major deadline. November 24 was the date set for a final deal - after an extension in June - under the interim agreement signed late last year. Moreover, this latest extension, unlike the previous o

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Israel goes to the polls on March 17

Israel goes to the polls on March 17 Categories: Israel, Updates    

Israel's Knesset voted Wednesday to dissolve itself and call new elections on March 17. While a second and third reading are still required - scheduled to take place on Monday - early Israeli elections now look like a done deal. This Update deals with why the government was unable

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