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US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel Categories: America, Israel, Updates     Author: Aaron Torop

Every four years when the Democratic and Republican parties officially nominate their candidates for president, they also amend their platforms, the official party position on a wide range of issues. Even though the platforms are non-binding and do not directly affect US foreign policy, they do expr

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Bibi's travels

Bibi's travels Categories: Africa, Israel, Russia, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update looks at Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's historic trip to Africa, which is about to conclude. Whilst there, he visited, and met with the leaders of, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. His first stop was Uganda, where he commemorated the famous 1976 Israeli rescue of the h

Israel's field of dreams

Israel's field of dreams Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Ever since the 1952 Helsinki Games, Israel has made sure to compete in the Olympics (except the widely boycotted 1980 games in Moscow), and its overall athletic pursuits have since developed in tandem with, and as an intriguing reflection of, the Jewish state's social evolution.

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Israel's Missile Defence Race

Israel's Missile Defence Race Categories: Israel     Author: Rachel Kaye

The newest component of Israel's active defence network - the David's Sling Weapons System - has been delivered to the Israeli Air Force ahead of full deployment later this year. David's Sling will act as a middle tier within Israel's multi-layer missile defence network, operating above the Iron Dom

The Last Word: Family ties

The Last Word: Family ties Categories: China, Interfaith Dialogue, International Jewry, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

It was mid-afternoon, mid-Ramadan. Other than one sleeping traveller, and a handful of workers, the mosque complex in Kaifeng, Central China, was deserted. It was an eerily quiet place in an otherwise bustling, noisy city. I had come to the mosque with an energetic, enthusiastic member of one of th

Europa Europa: Paris' unintended consequences

Europa Europa: Paris' unintended consequences Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

Pity Francois Hollande. The French President's country is beset by terrorism, his overseas military missions - in Libya, Mali and Syria - are in tatters, his labour unions are in full revolt, while his personal popularity ratings are at a record low of 13%. How to placate his domestic Muslim populat

The Greens and Israel

The Greens and Israel Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Pre-election polling and analysis suggests the Australian Greens party is likely to pick up one or more lower house seats this election - on top of retaining the seat of Melbourne. This gives it the potential to not only hold the balance of power in the Senate, but if a hung parliament results from

Minor Key

Minor Key Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Jamie Hyams

The Nick Xenophon Team (NXT), having secured more Senate primary votes in South Australia than the ALP at the 2013 election, will likely achieve three or even four Senate seats there this time. Running candidates in all SA electorates, it is also slightly favoured to gain the lower house seat of May

The awful Israeli-Hezbollah conflict to come

The awful Israeli-Hezbollah conflict to come Categories: Israel, Lebanon     Author: Willy Stern

Hezbollah has a nasty collection of more than 130,000 rockets, missiles, and mortars aimed at Israel. This is a bigger arsenal than all NATO countries (except the United States) combined. Why, a reasonable person might wonder, does Hezbollah need an offensive arsenal bigger than that of all Western

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