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Aspects of Peacemaking Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update contains insightful new articles dealing with three different important issues that will have to be resolved in any Israeli-Palestinian final peace agreement - or even a "framework agreement" of the sort that US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to broker by April.

Dam lies

Dam lies Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Gaza's Hamas government makes wild accusations against Israel all the time, but not all are as easily disproven as the latest one - their claim that Israel had "opened dams" along Gaza's border during the recent winter storm, flooding neighbourhoods and causing thousands of Palestinians to flee thei

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The Last Word: The Culture of Dialogue

The Last Word: The Culture of Dialogue Categories: Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

It is not an everyday occurrence to see senior Saudi Arabian government officials speak alongside rabbis based in Israel, prominent Buddhist figures and Indian swamis. But, for the second year in succession, the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural D

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia Categories: Asia, Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Go East. That's the catchphrase Naftali Bennett, Israel's Economics and Commerce Minister has chosen for his new initiative to shift Israel's strategic and trade focus away from its traditional Western European orientation and towards Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Oceania.

The Bedouin Conundrum

The Bedouin Conundrum Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Nomadism, once a common way of life from Mongolia to America, is fast disappearing worldwide, and Israel is no exception.  Known as Bedouins, Israel's nomads have largely abandoned the camels and tents that had been their hallmarks since the days when Abraham camped in Beersheva. The estimated

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Geneva: Beyond the Hype

Geneva: Beyond the Hype Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

The blockbuster nuclear deal reached early on the morning of Nov. 24 in Geneva between Iran and the US-led coalition is both less and more consequential than early reports suggested. And there is a good chance that its real value - whether it prevents Iran's nuclear ambitions or inadvertently opens

Securing Peace

Securing Peace Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ron Ben Yishai

US Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings in Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) over the second week of December - focussed on US proposals for security arrangements for a final agreement - were historic. That can be said without fear of overstatement and even without knowing all the detail

Europa Europa: Going Swedish?

Europa Europa: Going Swedish? Categories: Europe, International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Douglas Davis

From Israel to Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the myriad Gulf statelets, the perception that Washington has thrown in its lot with the Iranian-led Shia world - Syria and Hezbollah, plus Iraq - is unmistakable. That might not have been Obama's intention, but in such matters, percepti

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When debating policy on Iran's illegal nuclear program, one argument that always gets raised is the supposed "double standard" of forcing Iran to give up its efforts to build nuclear weapons when Israel is believed to have nuclear weapons capabilities. Morally, the question is not that hard to addr

Editorial: Israel - “Lighthouse Nation” Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It is well known that Israel, uniquely among all the world's countries, is frequently singled out for ridiculously unequal treatment in international bodies. This might give the impression that Israel is some type of international pariah nation, and this is certainly the impression that its enemies

ABC, terrorists aren't soldiers

ABC, terrorists aren't soldiers Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a special year-end edition of ABC's Correspondents Report, host Elizabeth Jackson took her staff on the air with her for a "behind the scenes" look at the program and gave them a chance to discuss some of their favourite segments of the past year. During the segment, Jackson recalled the most me

Lee Rhiannon's sin of omission

Lee Rhiannon's sin of omission Categories: Australasia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Greens spokesperson for Animal Welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon has never missed an opportunity to name countries that import live Australian cattle, especially when cases of abuse arise, and often right in the headline of her media releases and tweets. It's more than a little curious then, that when t

PA subsidising terror on foreign dime

PA subsidising terror on foreign dime Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release last week calling attention to the Palestinian Authority's ongoing policy of financial assistance to security prisoners in Israeli jails, as well as grants and guaranteed well-paid government jobs upon their release.

The UN effectively gives up on Syria

The UN effectively gives up on Syria Categories: Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Ever get the feeling that, after years of paralysis and stalemate, the international community have given up on resolving the crisis in Syria? The UN General Assembly (UNGA) 68th session has just wrapped up while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has announced that a Peace Conference for Syria will t

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

IT would be difficult to have missed the recent campaign in these pages and elsewhere against section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes conduct unlawful where it is done because of someone's race/ethnicity and is reasonably likely to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" them. F

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