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Yair Lapid

Poacher Turned Gamekeeper

Posted: June 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm   /   Economy, Environment, Politics

New Israeli finance minister Yair Lapid is learning that it is much easier to be criticising from the sidelines, than it is to be taking action from within the government.

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The Importance of Preemptive Strikes

Posted: May 17, 2013 at 8:00 am   /   Foreign Relations, Security

Israel’s recent double strike on Syrian weapons storage facilities has, once again, raised the issue of the validity of preemptive strikes. Israel has used this tactic on more than a number of previous occasions, has already struck Syria already a few times this year.

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War Against Women of the Wall

Posted: May 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm   /   Culture, Domestic Issues

The group known as “Women of the Wall” have elevated themselves onto the front pages of the Israeli press in recent times.  They have clashed with police in Jerusalem over their desire to have the right to pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall, in their own way and style.  For them, their way and […]

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Is the Time Right?

Posted: April 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm   /   Palestinian Authority, Palestinians, Peace Process

US Secretary of Sate John Kerry is back in the Middle East this weekend to try to progress peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. This is clearly an attempt to capitalise on the recent visit of President Barack Obama, and to try to maintain the momentum which the president tried to ignite when meeting with the parties a few weeks ago.

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An Apology too Far?

Posted: April 1, 2013 at 11:24 am   /   Foreign Relations, Politics

The Marvi Marmara incident from 2010 has dominated the relations between Israel and Turkey over the past three years. Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers were attacked by the activists after the soldiers boarded the ship in an attempt to redirect its passage away from its intended destination of Gaza, and towards Israel’s Ashdod port.

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Obama’s Israeli Triumph

Posted: March 30, 2013 at 11:27 am   /   Foreign Relations, Peace Process, Politics

US President Barack Obama has concluded his trip to Israel after an intensive few days in the Holy Land. Prior to this visit, Obama was perceived by a majority of the Israeli public as being unsympathetic and unhelpful to Israel’s cause in the international community.

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Israel Providing a Service to the World

Posted: February 10, 2013 at 11:29 am   /   Foreign Relations, Security

The world has been observing the events in Syria, particularly over the period of the civil war that has raged there for the past two years. Syria has long presented a threat to the international community because of two main factors. The first factor is its substantial arsenal of conventional, biological and chemical weapons which President Bashar al-Assad appears to have no reluctance to use.

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Yair Lapid

Lapid Becomes Kingmaker

Posted: January 30, 2013 at 12:43 am   /   Culture, Politics

The election is over, the votes are in and the results are final. Despite this, we still don’t really know where we stand.

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To Vote or Not to Vote, That is the Question

Posted: January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm   /   Domestic Issues, Economy, Politics

The polls have now closed in the election for the 19th Knesset, and predictions of a low voter turnout have proved to be incorrect.  Even though it was claimed that the election campaign failed to capture the imagination of the electorate,  initial information is that this is the highest voter turnout since the 1999 election.  […]

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