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Egypt's Propaganda Problem

Egypt's Propaganda Problem Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Israel     Author: Haisam Hassanein

According to a recent report in the British Telegraph, Israel withdrew its ambassador from Cairo quietly some time ago due to security concerns. Over the many years of exchanging diplomatic missions, while Egyptian diplomatic missions have always enjoyed their stays in Tel Aviv, security concerns ha

Noted and Quoted - March 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

The media's fixation on Australian business people's Jewish background is alive and well. In the Australian (Feb. 10), Graham Richardson critiqued PM Malcolm Turnbull's speech that called Bill Shorten a hypocrite for attacking his wealth whilst he himself meets with "Dick Pratt and Solly Lew and Li

Biblio File: Theft and Genocide Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Jeremy Jones

Children hear stories, children live stories. In two memoirs, both effectively presented, moving and powerful, readers are invited into the childhood, and later the lives, of children affected by genocide and state-sponsored terror.

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Essay: Moving beyond the slogan

Essay: Moving beyond the slogan Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Alan Baker

The phrase "two-state solution" is repeated daily by international leaders and organisations. It has become the catch-phrase for anyone advocating resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. However, the phrase is repeated without a full awareness of its history or of the practical aspects of it

Asia Watch: Looking East? Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

The self-proclaimed "caliph" of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is... apparently searching for new territory and new recruits. The Far East is certainly on his radar and one incubator might be the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the Philippines, specifically Basilan and other islan


Media Microscope: Unrecognisable Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Australia became a soapbox for some former senior Labor figures to call for Australian recognition of a State of Palestine... The anti-recognition case, however, was made in editorials and op-eds based on reasoned debate and not declarative statements.

A Guide to Moving the US Embassy

A Guide to Moving the US Embassy Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Einat Wilf

To the President of the United States, attached please find a short four-step how-to guide for moving the American Embassy in Israel from its present location in Tel Aviv, Israel's cultural and economic capital, to Jerusalem, Israel's political capital.

Trump and the Two-State Resolution

Trump and the Two-State Resolution Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Jonathan S. Tobin

Those who expected Donald Trump to effect genuine change in Washington still might be waiting for him to take action on some issues, but when it comes to altering existing Middle East policy, the President has not disappointed. With his refusal to specifically endorse a two-state solution to the Isr

The Last Word: Under the same sun

The Last Word: Under the same sun Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Book-ended by beautiful Jewish and Muslim religious chants and a presentation on the wisdom of the late Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), the participants had a unique opportunity for open, honest, informed and passionate exchange of wisdom, opinions and knowledge. This remarkable session was towards th

The PA Succession Struggle

The PA Succession Struggle Categories: Fatah, Palestinians     Author: Yoni Ben Menachem

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas made new appointments to the Fatah leadership on February 15, 2017, and also named a deputy Chairman of the movement. He did not, however, solve the problem of the Palestinian succession struggle for the chairmanship.

Know Thine Enemy

Know Thine Enemy Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Eran Lerman

With President Trump's administration now busily dismantling much of what his predecessor left behind, it is more important than ever to proceed from a clear identification of adversary forces. "Know thine enemy" is an ancient strategic precept that has been largely been forgotten in recent years. T

Bibi comes up Trumps in Washington

Bibi comes up Trumps in Washington Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one [formula] both parties like," the President told reporters, and then added, "I can live with either one." The two-state solution had thus seemingly been dealt a serious blow, after having been formal US policy for nearly a quarter of a ce

Scribblings: A pro-Palestinian reporter encounters the "ethnic cleansing solution"

Scribblings: A pro-Palestinian reporter encounters the "ethnic cleansing solution" Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

I have often written about the apparent preference among many Palestinians for something I describe as the "ethnic cleansing" solution. This is an alternative to both the conventional two-state resolution, or even the "one-state solution". This "solution" demands not only a single Palestinian state

AIR New Zealand: UNSC 2334 shockwaves

AIR New Zealand: UNSC 2334 shockwaves Categories: Australasia, Israel, United Nations     Author: Miriam Bell

United Nations Resolution 2334 came screaming out of the blue, just before Christmas. The "anti-settlement" resolution itself, which passed after the US broke with convention and abstained, was disturbing enough. But for Jewish New Zealanders it was particularly shocking.

Bibi's historic Singapore swing

Bibi's historic Singapore swing Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's remarks at this week's dinner with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong are emblematic of a multifaceted bilateralism that has seen once clandestine engagement between the two nations grow into a very public, and profitable relationship.

Netanyahu down under

Netanyahu down under Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Gareth Narunsky

Almost 100 years after the Australian Light Horse charge at Be'er Sheva paved the way for the events that led to the creation of the modern State of Israel, history was again made last month when Australia welcomed a sitting Israeli Prime Minister to its shores for the first time.

Editorial: Making History Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It was always understood that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Australia was going to be making history. After all, it was the first such visit by a sitting Israeli Prime Minister in Israel's 69-years. What actually transpired, however, was indeed something profoundly historic f

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