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Amb. Dennis Ross: Premature Palestinian state recognition should be discouraged

Amb. Dennis Ross: Premature Palestinian state recognition should be discouraged Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

At an exclusive AIJAC press briefing in Melbourne, Anti-Defamation Commission guest and veteran former US Middle East peace envoy and Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke out against calls for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state, saying such gestures place ‘symbols over substance' and mak

Biblio File: Immoral Equivalence

Biblio File: Immoral Equivalence Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Daniella Greenbaum

Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a new collection of essays edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, features 26 different writers - all of whom visited Israel on delegations organised by Breaking the Silence. The book is a latticework of propaganda, pieced together by distortions and half-truths. The

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Deconstruction Zone: Which Way To Turn?

Deconstruction Zone: Which Way To Turn? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Paul Gardner

An important concept for religious Muslims is qibla, the direction in which one should face during salah, the five-times-daily prayer that all Muslims are commanded to observe. The traditional Islamic view is that the original qibla was in the direction of what they called Haram esh-Sharif (the Nob

The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis

The Palestinian Arena and Qatar Crisis Categories: Gulf states, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Kobi Michael and Yoel Guzansky

The foreign policy of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman - has never been a model of cooperation and unity. Even the dramatic severing of relations with Qatar and closing the aerial, territorial, and naval s

Behind the News - July 2017

Behind the News - July 2017 Categories: Hamas, Iran, Israel, Palestinians    

On June 16, Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka, 23, was fatally stabbed near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate in a co-ordinated gun and knife attack. Seconds earlier, two other assailants attacked Israeli border police troops nearby with a homemade gun and knives, injuring four people. All three attack

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Essay: After Victory

Essay: After Victory Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yaakov Lozowick

When the guns fell silent on the evening of June 10, 1967, the Middle East and Israel were forever changed. The discussion Israel's cabinet ministers began on June 14 forged the conundrum we live in now. Reading through transcripts of some 20 hours of discussions held the week after the Six Day War

Palestinians as Tactical Moderates, Strategic Militants

Palestinians as Tactical Moderates, Strategic Militants Categories: Palestinians     Author: David Pollock

Surprising results from a highly credible new survey in the West Bank and Gaza conducted May 16-26, 2017, demonstrate that Palestinians are often more moderate than their leaders on short-term political issues - such as "pay for slay" bonuses for terrorists, a US embassy move to Jerusalem, or Hamas

Scribblings: Hope yet for the UN?

Scribblings: Hope yet for the UN? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Are some people at the UN finally starting to get how unhelpful and unfair the approach of UN bodies to Israel and the Palestinians has been? US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has certainly been outspoken about this problem, for instance, saying in February, "The outrageously biased resolutions fr

Power Play

Power Play Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Gaza, the narrow, overcrowded, and destitute coastal strip wedged between Egypt and Israel is thirsting for power and light: physically, politically, and psychologically. The physical crisis is about the strip's lone power station's fuel, which ran out in April due to intensifying tension between H

Editorial: The UNRWA Problem

Editorial: The UNRWA Problem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made headlines in June when he told visiting US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) should be disbanded.

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