Tag Archives: Israel

Pope Francis: Back to the Middle East

Pope Francis is desperately attempting to preserve Christianity as a viable faith in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He realizes that it is vital that he and Christians have the support of the Turkish government and its Islamist president in this endeavor.

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Middle East: Wine, Blood and Gasoline

Mahmoud Abbas is doing everything in his power to prevent a general uprising, which might quite well endanger his regime. But pressure from below is mounting. Popular wisdom in Israel has already found a name for the situation: "Intifada of Individuals". For the Israeli security chiefs, that is a nightmare.

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Barriers Still Divide 25 Years After Berlin’s Wall Fall

As people and leaders across the world join celebrations for the demise of Berlin Wall, they forget the prevalence of another. Many will once again praise the courage of East Germans, however they will forget that this courage in the West Bank has left hundreds of people injured.

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Why a Third Intifada May be About to Kick Off

With no diplomatic solution on the horizon and with no evidence that either party is willing, or able, to break the psychological barriers to reconciliation,Israeli and Palestinian sides are resorting to increased unilateralism and kowtowing to their own domestic pressures.

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Gaza Blockade — No Signs of Loosening

Despite Israel and Hamas entering a ceasefire, aid groups are reporting no relaxation in Gaza’s crippling blockade by Israel. Some analysts are warning that the threat of the deal collapsing is real, especially as there appear to be few enforcing mechanisms.

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A U.S. Shift Away from Israel?

U.S. civil society is more critical of Israeli actions in Palestine than ever. When will the U.S. government catch up?

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Can Palestinians Prove War Crimes Against Israel?

Palestinian leaders have announced to pursue war crimes charges against Israel during Gaza operation. But are they prepared for a legal battle?

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A Public Health Perspective on Gaza

Without meaningful negotiations between Israel and the de facto government in Gaza the prospects for a sustainable ceasefire seem remote. Without serious pressure being applied by the key international governments that materially support and sustain the current status quo, meaningful negotiations appear a remote possibility. The public health implications of this current state of affairs are frightening.

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How Will Gaza Conflict End?

There are a number of ways in which the crisis could be ended, ranging from a short-term ceasefire to a more complete truce. The general consensus from analysts is that neither side was currently willing to make a long-term pact and the most likely outcome is a ceasing of violence without tackling the underlying causes of the conflict.

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Maldives Boycotts Israeli Products, Annuls Agreements

The tiny Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives has announced boycott of Israeli products and the annulment of bilateral agreements over heavy civilian casualties in Gaza Strip. Malé may consider lifting the moratorium if the Israeli government’s violation of international resolutions stop, says the country’s foreign minister..

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