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What Israeli hasbara won’t hide

Doron Rosenblum argues that contrarily to Netanyahu’s views, Israel is not getting stronger but in fact weaker or as he puts it “more fragile”. Rosenblum says that Israel “appears enclosed in a bizarre egocentric bubble” and is suffering from “existential anxiety”, because it sees every move or political process to critic the government as a conspiracy against the … Continue reading

Don’t Give Up on Mideast Peace

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and founder of the Carter Center, argues that a two-state solution is in Israel’s best interests. According to Carter, Israel’s policies are nevertheless directed towards one “greater Israel” from the River Jordan towards the Mediterranean Sea. He argues that this one state solution would eventually lead to either Israelis … Continue reading

Can Israel survive?

The author of the article, MJ Rosenberg, argues that so called “pro-Israel” policy makers in mainly the US are not lobbying in favor of a well-working state of Israel, but just in favor of Israeli policies that are mainly targeted at repressing Palestinians. His main argument is that Israel can only survive if the two-state … Continue reading

Netanyahu, up to his neck in settlements

Shaul Arieli argues that by strengthening the settlements, the Netanyahu government is contributing heavily on the failure of the peace process. He says that this government, like many others before, is making false promises to dismantle Israeli settlements in the West Bank if a peace deal is reached even thought they are fully aware that … Continue reading

Peace Without Partners

Ami Ayalon, Orni Petruschka and Gilead Sher have all come to believe that a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians cannot be achieved now. Citing a major lack of trust from both parties, making negotiations impossible, they argue that Israel needs a “radically new unilateral approach”. Saying it would help the peace process … Continue reading

Analysis: Arab revolts fail to stir divided Palestinians

While the rest of the region is subject to intense movements of protest, Noah Browning attempts to explain why such massive demonstrations did not take place in the Palestinian territories. According to the author, it is the division of the Palestinian leadership, the lack of support for movements of protests against Israel by this very … Continue reading

Opinion: Egypt-Israel Gas Crisis: publicity stunt or smoke screen?

Ayman Qenawi says the decision by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company to suspend the sale of natural gas to Israel because of a “business dispute” would  not have been possible without “a crystal-clear go-ahead from the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF).” But the author says the reasons behind this … Continue reading

Opinion: How to save the two-state solution

Observing the deadlock in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and arguing that this deadlock may lead to a renewal of violence, Anders Persson asks the question: what can the European Union do to help bring about a resolution of the conflict? The author advises for the EU to: a robust process of delegitimization of the … Continue reading

Debate: Israel: The fear of a ‘flytilla’

As Israel stops hundreds of foreign activists which took part in the second ‘flytilla’, the panel will discuss whether Israel is over-reacting to the so-called ‘flytilla’ activists and whether foreign activists can really make a difference on the ground. Guests: Gregg Roman, the deputy director of the Gloria Centre at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya Mustafa Barghouti, … Continue reading

Opinion: Termination of Israeli-Egyptian natural gas agreement serves dangerous precedent

Following the announcement by the CEO of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company of the termination of the agreement with Israel, after 14 attacks against the pipeline since the revolution, Zvi Bar’el explores the causes behind the decision. As the agreement symbolizes for many the corruption of the Mubarak regime, pressure from the street may … Continue reading

IMF: If Arabs and Haredim worked, GDP would grow by 15%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported that while Israeli economy was well prepared for the worldwide recession, all is not well. In the population groups of Haredi men and Arab women, respectably, only 40% and 20% work and typically earn less than their contemporaries of the same jobs, decreasing potential economic growth, reducing GDP growth. … Continue reading

Analysis: Israeli-Iranian war now out of shadows

Israeli intelligence believes that the terrorist attacks in the past two days were orchestrated by the Iran-Hezbollah axis and targeted foreign Israeli diplomatic missions. The attacks seem rushed due to their consistently poor execution, but the message of the bombings is clear. Iran is determined to attack Israel by any means and hopes to eventually … Continue reading

Tehran rejects Israeli claims on Iranian role in attacks abroad

Ramin Mehmanparast, spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said that claims by Israel that the recent attacks on its embassies in Georgia and India  were perpetrated by Iran and its ally Hezbollah were part of psychological war against the Islamic Republic. He said Israel was responsible for the attacks to tarnish Iran’s relations with the two host embassies’ host countries, … Continue reading

Deal sought to free Palestinian hunger striker from Israeli jail

On December 17th, Khader Adnan was arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank and soon began a hunger strike citing a lack of any evidence warranting his arrest. Now on day 55 of his hunger strike, and without a charge against him, Adnan’s health status will soon become critical. Israeli and Palestinian officials are … Continue reading

Israel accuses Iran, Hezbollah after bombers attack embassies in India, Georgia

According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hezbollah attempted to target Israeli embassies in India and Georgia today. The bomb in Tbilisi, Georgia was defused before it was able to cause harm but in New Delhi, Israel’s defense attaché’s wife was wounded following the placement of explosives under the car by motorcyclists. Though the attack was poorly executed, … Continue reading

Analysis: Al-Qaeda Grows in Sinai

Since the ousting of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak a year ago, our attention has been turned to Cairo and the political developments taking place there, in particular the rise of Islamist political parties and the role of the military in the democratic transition process. But in the Sinai , bordering Israel, tensions have increased between … Continue reading

Interview: Ilan Baruch, former Israeli ambassador

Ilan Baruch, former Israeli ambassador, resigned a year ago, saying he could no longer defend his government’s policies Russia Today, Russia  

Report: Mossad is using Azerbaijan to spy on Iran

The Israeli spy agency Mossad has been capitalizing on the porous border between Azerbaijan and Iran as a means of executing its spy operations in Iran. Reports of the mistreatment of the large Azeri population in Iran, the fact that many Azeris consider northern Iran to really be Southern Azerbaijan and growing Iran-Armenia relations – … Continue reading

HRW to Israel: charge or free Palestinian hunger striker

A statement of the international NGO Human Rights Watch called on Israel for the “immediately charge or release” of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner that has been on a hunger strike for 56 days. Adnan was a spokesman for ‘Islamic Jihad’, but has so far not been charged formally, neither has Israel revealed any evidence against … Continue reading

Foundation: New structure near Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

According to the Al-Aqsa foundation for Endowment and Heritage, a committee within the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem has submitted plans for a new structure adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The 3,700-square-meter structure will consist of five floors, two of which will be underground. In its statement, the foundation said that the purpose of the building will … Continue reading

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Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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