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Military Post Attacked Outside Yitzhar

Military Post Attacked Outside Yitzhar

Earlier this week, there was an attack on an Israeli military outpost outside of Yitzhar, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
It started with stones being thrown at the soldiers’ quarters. The site was then ravaged by hundreds of rioters. They slashed tents, destroyed a water tank, a heater, a …

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Israel and Iran Get Serious… On Twitter

Israel and Iran Get Serious… On Twitter

Earlier this week, Israel seized a Gaza-bound ship carrying advanced Iranian weapons made in Syria.
The story broke while Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu was in the United States to meet with President Barack Obama and to address the annual AIPAC conference.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif …

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Some Key Takeaways from the Abbas Speech to Israeli Students

Some Key Takeaways from the Abbas Speech to Israeli Students

On Sunday, approximately 300 students from across Israel traveled to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting was arranged by Labor MK Hilik Bar. Abbas spoke at length, in both prepared remarks and during a question and answer session. Below are some highlights:

On dividing Jerusalem

Just

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Time for Turkey to Apologize to Israel?

Time for Turkey to Apologize to Israel?

In 2010, public attention was focused on a supply flotilla originating from Turkey making its way to Gaza. Israel claimed the shipment was illegal and demanded the Mavi Marmara turn back. The ship continued and, about 80 miles off the coast of Gaza, Israeli soldiers boarded. Conflict ensued. Nine Turkish …

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A Partner for Peace?

A Partner for Peace?

This week, in the midst of U.S.-brokered peace talks between the two parties, Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Defense Minister, announced that Israel has no partner for peace amongst the Palestinians. While this is not an original argument — it has been in circulation for decades — it is a powerful one. …

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Iran Cannot Contain Itself

Iran Cannot Contain Itself

A few months ago, Iran denied that a tweet coming from its President was legitimate by simply denying that the Twitter account issuing the tweet was legitimate. Last week, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, spoke briefly with a reporter from the Israeli newspaper Maariv, before delivering a …

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Bibi, Bombs and Blue Jeans

Bibi, Bombs and Blue Jeans

Quick quiz. Which of the following are forbidden in Iran?

Walking a dog in public
Having a pet cat
Twitter, Gmail, Facebook and YouTube
Reading (or watching) Harry Potter
Barbie
Being gay
Rocking a mullet
Wearing jeans

If you answered all of them, you would be almost correct. While skinny jeans have been officially banned in Iran, Persian hipsters …

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Twitter Diplomacy. Or Not.

Twitter Diplomacy. Or Not.

This past week was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and part of Judaism’s High Holy Days. To commemorate, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu issued his annual holiday greeting. The video was in English and came in just under five minutes in length. In it, he wished …

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What Peace Process?

What Peace Process?

After many years and a lot of prodding from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Israelis and the Palestinians will be resuming peace talks. Both sides are moving forward reluctantly, and with little optimism toward a successful outcome.
Abbas had initially demanded an official settlement freeze before coming to the …

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Reminder: Israel is Old

Reminder: Israel is Old

Jews have lived in the land of Israel for thousands of years. They faced several forced expulsions, the most recent lasting nearly 2,000 years. Even throughout that time, Jews lived in the Levant continuously, albeit in much reduced numbers.
Two stories appeared this week in the press about archeological discoveries in …

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A Coalition Conflicted

A Coalition Conflicted

In 1967, in the wake of the Six-Day War, the Arab League convened in Khartoum and issued their Three Nos: No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel. Thirty-five years later, in 2002, they met in Beirut and offered their solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict: The …

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Warnings

Warnings

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu flew to Russia in an attempt to dissuade Putin from selling Syria the S-300, a long range surface-to-air missile system.
While Netanyahu was en route, Moscow leaked that the missiles had already been delivered. During a three hour meeting with Netanyahu, Putin …

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Israel and the U.S. Working in Concert Against Iran

Israel and the U.S. Working in Concert Against Iran

For years, the U.S. has seemed determined on preventing an Israeli attack on Iran. Both Presidents Bush and Obama stood firm in their opposition to Iran becoming a nuclear state. But Bush outright vetoed Israel’s request in the final months of his presidency, and Obama has stood resolutely opposed to …

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The 19th Knesset is Formed, at Great Cost to the 20th Knesset

The 19th Knesset is Formed, at Great Cost to the 20th Knesset

 
This week Benyamin Netanyahu built a coalition, securing himself a third term as Israeli Prime Minister. He will shortly become the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel since David Ben Gurion.
While his retention of this top spot was all but assured going into the election, it was also widely assumed …

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Egypt Lays Gaza Tunnels To Waste

Egypt Lays Gaza Tunnels To Waste

In 2004, it was reported that Israel was considering building a four kilometer wide, 15-25 meter deep moat around Gaza, in order to prevent weapons from being smuggled to Hamas. This conversation took place in the run-up to Israel’s Sharon-led disengagement from Gaza. It literal terms, it …

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About the Author

Josh Klemons
Josh Klemons

Josh Klemons received a Master's Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in the Middle East from the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, DC.

He has lived, worked and studied in Israel and done extensive traveling throughout the region. He once played music with Hadag Nachash.

Follow him on twitter @jlemonsk

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