Analysis

'Our culture must be renewed here'

By Anna Sheinman, September 22, 2011

This week there were speeches, processions and a wreath-laying in Vilnius and nearby suburb Ponar, where 70,000 Jews were murdered between 1941 and 1944.

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Wreaths laid, but doubt hangs in the air

By Geoff Vasil, September 22, 2011

Today is Lithuanian Holocaust Day. This is the day the Vilna Ghetto was "liquidated" in 1943, but is not generally known among Lithuanians. It does not even appear on the Wikipedia list of Lithuanian holidays, although Molotov-Ribbentrop Day, August 23, does. September 23 usually receives a few minutes on the evening news - after it's over.

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Durban III: the hatefest is back

By Shimon Samuels, September 22, 2011

As the only Jew elected to the International Steering Committee (ISC) for Durban, I was gagged in the preparatory meetings in Warsaw and Santiago; offered a deal in Geneva by the PLO legal counsel ("we will give you the Holocaust if you give us Palestine"); denied access to the last preparatory gathering in Tehran and expelled unceremoniously in Durban itself as "the world Jew".

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It is in nobody's interest to engage in lawfare

By Robbie Sabel, September 22, 2011

International law defines an entity as a state if it has a permanent population, boundaries, an effective government and the ability to sign treaties and exchange diplomatic missions. Even if these conditions are present, other states have discretion as to whether to recognise such a new international entity.

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Only direct talks can bring peace

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 22, 2011

As the guns fell silent in June 1967, diplomacy sought a solution to the simmering Arab-Israeli dispute.

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Will Bundestag now retract flotilla decree?

By Benjamin Weinthal, September 15, 2011

Last year the German Bundestag and Vienna city council both voted unanimously to condemn Israel after it intercepted a flotilla that was in open violation of its naval blockade.

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Iran's making a bomb, all else is a lie

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 15, 2011

Distracted by the Arab Spring and the latest Palestinian theatrics, the West has paid little attention to Iran in recent months.

But revolutions or not, Iran's nuclear clock continues to tick and the hour of reckoning may now be near.

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Revival tough with old failures in mix

By Uri Dromi, September 15, 2011

I served under Rabin and Peres when Labour was in power, between 1992-96, still mustering more than 40 seats in the Knesset.

Then the long decline started. The party lost its direction, its soul, its constituency. Rabin, who believed that the ideological settlements in Judea and Samaria were a danger to Israel, was assassinated. Ehud Barak was kicked out of power in record time.

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For now, don't expect much to change in MidEast

By Yossi Alpher, September 15, 2011

As matters stand, the Palestinian bid for recognition at the United Nations later this month is likely to have little immediate effect on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Of course, on this issue matters do not "stand" but rather are very dynamic. Hence the following must be taken as an attempt to assess this fast-moving issue as of today - not tomorrow, and not next week.

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How Palestinians could sink or swim

By Tim Marshall, September 15, 2011

The mechanics of pushing a vote on Palestinian statehood through the UN may be as dry as a hundred committee meetings discussing item 1 of the agenda, but they matter to the outcome of what may be an explosive situation at the end of this month.

To become a member state you must apply to the UN Secretary General, who sends the request on to the 15-member Security Council for consideration.

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