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Biblio File: Water Superpower

Biblio File: Water Superpower Categories: Israel     Author: Simona Weinglass

In the 1930s British economists predicted that all of Palestine - including today's Gaza, Israel and the West Bank, had enough water to sustain 2 million people. Today, the area is home to more than 12 million people, a feat that Siegel attributes in large part to Israel's first-class water planning

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Europa Europa: The Daesh Dilemma

Europa Europa: The Daesh Dilemma Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

Daesh - also known as ISIS, ISIL and/or Islamic State - consists of a bunch of medieval psychopaths (add adjectives, as required). But how does Europe, which is bearing the brunt of the refugee flight, solve a problem like Daesh? Not as easily as the current crop of Europe's political leaders seem t

The View from a Settlement

The View from a Settlement Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Andrew Friedman

Stepping into the Rami Levi supermarket at the Gush Etzion junction on consecutive Thursday nights nowadays feels like a scene out of the American old west... A wave of stabbing and shooting attacks at the junction in recent weeks has left five people dead and several more wounded, and everybody loo

The IAEA and the JCPOA Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: A. Savyon, Y. Carmon & U. Kafash

On Dec. 2, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretary-General Yukiya Amano released his report on the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program. The report's findings, whatever they turned out to be, were not supposed to impact the continued implementation of the Joint C

The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong

The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The Festival of Chanukah, which this year was celebrated in early December, has come to be identified with the concept of religious freedom. In many communal and public candle-lighting ceremonies, this theme was dominant, with the right to worship freely celebrated and restrictions on this freedom

Essay: Terror and Territory

Essay: Terror and Territory Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Michael Weiss

ISIS's global ambition [has always been] to export its holy war well beyond its immediate precincts or purview. The domestic pillar of ISIS's project is what it calls "remaining and expanding" - the pushing of the borders of the caliphate in the Levant and Mesopotamia and the swelling of the ranks o

No business like spy business

No business like spy business Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As a veteran of Mossad operations, unlike some of his predecessors whose expertise was in other departments, Cohen is expected to crave action. Then again, over the past two years he has undergone a diplomatic internship as Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's National Security Advisor.

Diplomacy of Destruction

Diplomacy of Destruction Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eran Lerman

Saeb Erekat is a unique phenomenon in the Palestinian orbit. For years, he has played the dual role of negotiator-in-chief for Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and propagandist par excellence for the regimes of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas. History will yet record his abysmal diplomatic role in th

Nuclear Knowledge?

Nuclear Knowledge? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: David Albright, Andrea Stricker & Serena Kelleher-Vergantini

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued on December 2, 2015 a long awaited report on its investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMD) to Iran's nuclear program under the IAEA/Iran Roadmap to resolving these issues... However, Iran did not provide the IAEA with anywhere

Scribblings: ISIS's Hatred of Music

Scribblings: ISIS's Hatred of Music Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the Paris terror attack on November 13, why did ISIS target a concert by the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan concert hall, where most of the 130 victims died? Was it just an easy target? Maybe, but there is likely another reason - one that has featured in hardly any of t

Editorial: Israeli Innovation Inspires Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This past month has seen a celebration of Israeli innovation in Australia. This focus culminated in the Australian Government's release of its new innovation strategy, in which Israel's experience was an obviously useful model in promoting Australia's start-up aspirations.

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