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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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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

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

Obama and Bibi need to sort out their differences

Obama and Bibi need to sort out their differences Categories: America, Israel     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

Editorial: Changing the Circumstances Categories: Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On March 17, Israel returned to the polls for the second time in two years and re-elected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a late surge that defied all expectations. Netanyahu's victory was not without controversy. In particular, Netanyahu drew justified criticism for his insensitive choice of

Colonel Kemp's views on Israel and Gaza echoed other senior military officers

Colonel Kemp's views on Israel and Gaza echoed other senior military officers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations     Author: Allon Lee

The recent visit to Australia by retired British Colonel Richard Kemp, who was commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Iraq, generated national headlines when demonstrators tried to stop him from speaking, claiming he "supports genocide" for his assessment of las

Letter: Palestinian intransigence Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Your editorial "Eight-state solution floated" (25/3), noted the Palestinian Authority stated in 2008 it would not accept a mini-state of cantons. However, that comment misrepresented what was being discussed. That year, Israel offered the Palestinians a contiguous state equal in size to the land in

Letter: Palestinian state still viable Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Robin Margo ("Settlements are expanding", AFR, Letters, March 24) appears to be relying on the claims of far-left Israeli organisations for his frankly disingenuous letter falsely alleging Jamie Hyams was wrong about Israeli settlements not expanding geographically. Here are the facts...

More Post-Election Analysis from Israel

More Post-Election Analysis from Israel Categories: Israel, Updates    

Here is some more good analysis of the Israeli election on Tuesday and the unexpectedly strong win by incumbent PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. A good discussion of the possible coalition configurations suggested by this outcome comes from Ben Sales of the JTA. This

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