Tag Archives: Israel

Israel and the Palestinians celebrate a ceasefire — but will anything change?

Adel Hana/AP Anthony Billingsley, UNSW While details are sketchy, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire. That is good news for everyone involved. The dying can hopefully end and further destruction be avoided — at least for now. Both sides can also claim victory. Hamas can claim to have defended the interests of Palestinians in Jerusalem in contrast to …

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Israeli politics and the Palestine question: everything you need to know

John Strawson, University of East London As civilian causalities mount in Gaza, Israeli politicians of all hues must face the stark reality that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot be managed but needs to be resolved. Relations between Palestinians and Israelis and between Jewish and Palestinian Israeli citizens have reached a new dangerous moment. The pretence that the conflict was marginal to …

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Iran: how attack on nuclear facility will affect negotiations with US

Christoph Bluth, University of Bradford The Iranian authorities have insisted that a power failure that shut down the country’s important Natanz uranium enrichment site, 250 miles south of Tehran, on April 11 was caused by a deliberately planned explosion. Iran has alleged – and it is widely believed – that Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad was behind the attack. This incident …

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Israel election: why is Palestine no longer an important campaign issue?

Peter Malcontent, Utrecht University Israeli voters are about to head to the polls for the fourth time in two years. And, once again, the issue of Palestine has been almost completely absent from debate during the campaign. Once upon a time this would have been unimaginable. In 1992, Yizhak Rabin’s Labor Party won because of his willingness to strike a …

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Quelle politique pour l’administration Biden au Moyen-Orient ?

Lina Kennouche, Université de Lorraine L’arrivée de Joe Biden à la tête des États-Unis entraîne une redéfinition de la politique américaine au Moyen-Orient. Des inflexions de fond sont attendues ; pour autant, le président élu ne semble pas inscrire son engagement dans une rupture totale par rapport aux choix politiques de son prédécesseur. Selon l’adage « Policy is People », il est essentiel …

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Are the US and Iran headed for a military showdown before Trump leaves office?

MURTAJA LATEEF/EPA Clive Williams, Australian National University Tensions are running high in the Middle East in the waning days of the Trump administration. Over the weekend, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, claimed Israeli agents were planning to attack US forces in Iraq to provide US President Donald Trump with a pretext for striking Iran. Just ahead of the one-year …

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