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The Last Word: A+ for AIPAC

The Last Word: A+ for AIPAC Categories: America, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

Some years ago, I was invited to attend the Annual Policy Conference of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. At that time, attendance was in the hundreds and the agenda narrowly focused. This year I returned to AIPAC as an invited speaker on the subject "Israel and Asia - New Fronti

The Biblio File: The Civil Servant and the Insurgents

The Biblio File: The Civil Servant and the Insurgents Categories: America, Middle East     Author: Paul Monk

When the memoirs of Robert Gates were released in Australia in mid-January, much was made of his alleged criticisms of US President Barack Obama. Gates was a holdover from the Bush Administration and a lifelong Republican, as well as the former head of the CIA; so those already inclined to be critic

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Iran and the State of the Union

Iran and the State of the Union Categories: America, Iran, Syria, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at some initial reactions to US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, which he delivered before Congress earlier today. (The full text of the President’s remarks can be found here.) Of particular interest to our readers would be two

Geneva: Beyond the Hype

Geneva: Beyond the Hype Categories: America, International Security, Iran, Israel     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

Europa Europa: Going Swedish?

Europa Europa: Going Swedish? Categories: America, Europe, International Security, Iran     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

A Friendly Disagreement

A Friendly Disagreement Categories: America, Iran, Israel     Author: Amos Yadlin

The dispute between Israel and the United States on the Iranian nuclear challenge emerged this week from behind closed doors and became an open conflict waged on television. Israel and the US share the strategic goal of preventing Iran's attainment of nuclear weapons. Both countries agree that only

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Behind Rouhani's charm offensive

Behind Rouhani's charm offensive Categories: America, International Security, Iran     Author: Michael Segall

In mid-October, a further round of talks began between Iran and the West. Unlike in earlier rounds, this time there have been direct negotiations between the United States and Iran, occurring behind the scenes of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Securit

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis Categories: America, Australasia, Egypt, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In June, AIJAC took a look back at the coverage of the Six Day War of 1967 in two major Australian newspapers, the Age of Melbourne and the Sydney Morning Herald. Now, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, we open the archives once again to look at the coverage of that war

Boston Marathon bombing: Israel-trained medical team responds, extremists spread conspiracy theories

Boston Marathon bombing: Israel-trained medical team responds, extremists spread conspiracy theories Categories: America, Antisemitism, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Australians woke up yesterday morning to the shocking news that two bombs had exploded in the streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and had killed three people - Martin Richard an eight-year-old boy who was cheering on his father in the marathon, Krystle Campbell a 29-year-old woman de

Obama, Israel and the "Jewish Lobby"

Obama, Israel and the "Jewish Lobby" Categories: America, Antisemitism, Israel, Updates     Author: Talia Katz

Barack Obama's first visit to Israel as President last month has been widely analysed in the context of the Israel-Palestinian peace process and in terms of other regional security concerns, with a particular focus on the sometimes rocky relationship he shares with Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu. How

Evaluating President Obama's Israel visit

Evaluating President Obama's Israel visit Categories: America, Israel, Updates    

US President Obama ended his visit to Israel and the Palestinian terrorities on Friday, going on to Jordan and then returning home. His major statements in Israel were his speech on arrival, his media conference with Israeli PM Netanyahu, his media conference with Palestinian

The Last Word: A Fantasy Visit to Israel

The Last Word: A Fantasy Visit to Israel Categories: America, Israel     Author: Gil Troy

"I'd love to sit at a cafe and just hang out," President Barack Obama told Israel's Channel 2 on March 14. Obama confessed: "Sometimes I have this fantasy that I can put on a disguise and wear a fake mustache." He mused about wandering Tel Aviv and meeting university students casually. In that spiri

The Case for Peace Process Optimism

The Case for Peace Process Optimism Categories: America, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Steven Rosen

I think the world is headed towards a surprise. I think the United States and Israel are converging on a fresh initiative towards the Palestinians. I don't think this is merely being imposed on Netanyahu from the outside - I think this is what he wants.

Change drives Israel coalition

Change drives Israel coalition Categories: America, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The new Israeli coalition government - sworn in after weeks of negotiations only two days before the US President' arrival - was indeed an achievement, and one the President should be able to appreciate. Just as Obama was elected on a platform of "hope and change" an appropriate way to describe the

Obama wins hearts and minds in Israel

Obama wins hearts and minds in Israel Categories: America, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

US President Barack Obama's trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories has been vitally important - and apparently highly successful. In only three short days Obama seems to have been able to address core issues that appeared to be straining the US-Israel relationship and press ‘reset'.

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Obama will have to drive parties hard to achieve progress

Obama will have to drive parties hard to achieve progress Categories: America, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Obama will find many fresh faces in [Netanyahu's] government - and also some new opportunities to push forward towards peace with all of Israel's neighbours, especially the Palestinians. He will also find a government likely very concerned about pressing regional issues - especially the Iranian nucl

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