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EU must back up words on peace process with action

  • In recent weeks, there seems to have been a mini revival in the EU’s interest in relations between Israel and the Palestinians. This has largely been prompted by its special representative for the Middle East peace process, Sven Koopmans, who last month visited Riyadh and met with Saudi Ministe...
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UNIFIL can only look on as Israel-Hezbollah tensions mount

  • There is something misleading about referring to UNIFIL, the UN interim force on the border between Israel and Lebanon, as a peacekeeping mission. There is no peace to keep between the two, as they are still officially at war, while Hezbollah has become an arch enemy perceived by Israel as no m...
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Israel’s first Jewish-Arab coalition facing rough weather

  • The countdown to the fall of the current Israeli government began as soon as the coalition agreement was signed. Yet for now, this mishmash coalition of right, left, centrist and religious parties continues to survive — but only just. During the Knesset’s spring recess, the Shoura Council of ...
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Israel and Iran enter a phase of ‘implausible deniability’ in their clandestine war

  • The eyes of the world are, understandably, on the war in Ukraine but, at the same time, the conflict between Israel and Iran is intensifying. A missile attack by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on what they claimed to be an Israeli “strategic center” in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil...
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Palestinians’ suffering under Israel’s brutal occupation laid bare

  • In her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council that was released last week, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet devoted a short passage to the abuses of Palestinian human rights in the territories occupied by Israel. Despite its conciseness, it was damning, which should de...
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What is behind the Israeli-Turkish rapprochement?

  • In stating that “There are no permanent enemies, and no permanent friends, only permanent interests,” the 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston epitomized his country’s pragmatism when it came to engaging in international affairs. There is much of this attitude to be seen in the ...
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The day the post-1945 world order collapsed

  • When Russia’s tanks began rolling into Ukraine late last month, they did not only crush an internationally recognized border and violate the sovereignty of a neighboring country — they also demolished the world order as we have known it since 1945. On Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, the post-1945 se...
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Israel would be better off working with the UN than attacking it

  • The ink had hardly dried on the shortlist for the highly crucial and equally sensitive post of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories before a barrage of venomous attacks was launched o...
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Time for world to renew its condemnation of Israeli settlement expansion

  • When, a little over five years ago, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that condemned unreservedly Israel’s settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank, while calling on both the Israelis and Palestinians to lower the flames of mutual incitement, it felt for a brief moment ...
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New Israeli government, same old settlements expansion

  • There is a general view, and not without considerable justification, that the new Israeli government formed only five months ago has brought change, and mainly for the better. After years of vitriolic populism from the school of thought(lessness) of Benjamin Netanyahu and his deviant disciples,...
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