Jailed for refusing to serve in Israel’s Gaza offensive

On Aug. 11, Gilad Halpern will turn 33, but he won’t be home for his birthday. He will mark that milestone in an Israeli prison. That’s the price he’s willing to pay for being a conscientious objector.
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So, if France is not an anti-Semitic nation, is it an Islamophobic one?

The banning of recent Gaza protests in and around Paris has enflamed passions and exacerbated tensions in France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities.

A New Moment of Opportunity for al Qaeda?

Zawahiri’s previous statements on the Arab Spring had been seemingly detached from the actual challenges facing Arab societies. His lastest communication, however, is concise, and seeks to imbue his organization with new initiative.

International Terrorism Comes to Bulgaria

In the wake of a recent suicide bombing in Sofia, Israeli PM Netanyahu immediately cast blame on Hezbollah. Yet Bulgarian authorities were hesitant to point the finger. Here's why.

The road not taken

Israel is now quickly becoming the fastest former " democracy in the Middle East”.

Iranian nukes would threaten Israel's hegemony, not existence

Even if Iran develops nuclear warheads, who says they'll use them? In fact, they are better off not using them at all. All they have to do is take lessons from Israel.
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Meagrely getting by on back door diplomacy

This week Israel carried out key two diplomatic moves in the region. Both moves share one thing in common: the need to show an intention to normalise relations without giving in to anyone’s demands.

Tête-a-tête: Is France 2 Anti-Semitic?

French Jews have cried foul over the recent airing of France 2’s 'Un oeil sur la planète'. Romina Ruiz-Goiriena and Gilad Halpern share their views on the controversial row.

When Israel is forced either to have its cake or eat it

Unlike his predecessor Yasser Arafat, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas symbolises the interlocutor Benjamin Netanyahu most dreads: pragmatic, accountable and committed to nonviolence.

How to lose friends and alienate people

On a collision course with the Palestinians ahead of their UN statehood bid, Israel has paid little attention to its deteriorating relations with its regional allies. Even before next week's vote, Israel's Mideast diplomacy is at a low ebb.
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