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How Sharon the divider united Israelis

How Sharon the divider united Israelis Categories: Israel     Author: Yossi Klein Halevi

In the plaza before the Knesset, a thin line of mourners slowly passed the flag-covered coffin of Ariel Sharon. An old man in a long white beard and big black kippah saluted. Another old man brought a single rose. Yet another came wrapped in a giant Israeli flag. Among them were veterans of Sharon's

Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Every hero becomes a bore, wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. The great essayist did not know of Ariel Sharon, who died in January at 85 after one of the stormiest public careers seen anywhere in recent memory. Even his passing - the outcome of an eight-year duel between a legendary warrior and the angel of

Asia Watch: All the Trees in China Categories: China, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

China's pivotal role in the world economy can hardly be overstated. Yet the economic giant is increasingly looking to one of the world's smallest nations for those essential ingredients of innovation and expertise - Israel, of course. And like every other country, Israel is very keen to tap the Chin

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Scribblings: Erdogan's Dubious Friends

Scribblings: Erdogan's Dubious Friends Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Turkey     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Here's a fascinating - and very telling - story from Turkey which has not really made it into the Australian media. On Jan. 14, Turkish police staged a sweep in which they arrested 28 people alleged to be recruiting or otherwise working for al-Qaeda in raids across six provinces. Police also raided

Editorial: Honouring Sharon's Legacy Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who passed away on January 11, will surely be remembered as one of Israel's greatest military and political leaders. This is not because he was universally beloved - he was not - nor because his judgement was necessarily always superior - on the contrary,

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Israel PM's peacemaking efforts should be remembered

Israel PM's peacemaking efforts should be remembered Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli general, Defence Minister and Prime Minister who died earlier this month, was one of the government officials who greeted then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on the tarmac during his famous visit to Israel in November 1977. Sharing a smile and a handshake, Sadat rib

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

THE six-month interim nuclear deal reached between Iran and the US-led P5+1 powers - US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany - in Geneva in late November finally came into effect yesterday. But now the really hard part begins. If the six-month deal does not lead in the end to the kind of agreemen

Ariel Sharon, from warrior to peacemaker

Ariel Sharon, from warrior to peacemaker Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel's former prime minister Ariel Sharon passed away on January 11. Debate about his legacy will continue for years. Views about it have already changed since he became incapacitated eight years ago, as today many on Israel's left praise his decision to dismantle the settlements in the Gaza Stri

Want peace in Syria? Work on reconciliation from day one

Want peace in Syria? Work on reconciliation from day one Categories: Op-eds, Syria     Author: Or Avi-Guy

When outsiders survey the devastation in Syria, reconciliation is probably the last thing that comes to mind. Millions of refugees and internally displaced people are desperate for humanitarian aid. Millions more are caught in the lines of sectarian fire. Who has time to think about such fluffy &l

The Legacy of Ariel Sharon

The Legacy of Ariel Sharon Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update features three pieces reflecting on the legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died over the weekend after eight years in a coma. We lead with Washington Institute for Near East Policy expert David Pollock. His article's main point is to explore how Sharon

Bulldozer who guided Israel from centre

Bulldozer who guided Israel from centre Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

THE passing of Ariel Sharon, Israel's first truly centrist prime minister, is a watershed event in Israel's history, as he served in a unique capacity as the pivotal bridge between Israel's founding generation and political landscape and the mature and modern Israel of today.

Statement: Death of Ariel Sharon

Statement: Death of Ariel Sharon Categories: Israel, Media Releases    

Ariel Sharon was a towering figure throughout Israel's history and made powerful, unique contributions to the development of the Jewish State, both as an outstanding, heroic soldier and a transformative, respected - if at times controversial - political figure. Boldness, bravery and capability were

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Elements of a "Framework Agreement"

Elements of a "Framework Agreement" Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

With US Secretary of State John Kerry just having left the Mideast region Monday but expected to return next week, this Update looks at the prospects and some of the key issues for the "framework agreement" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that he is reportedly workin

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