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Where is an Israeli passport stamp a dealbreaker?

It’s said that having an Israeli visa stamp in your passport will prevent you from travel anywhere else in the Middle East. Is this true? Sort of. A number of countries will prohibit you from entry if you visit Israel, … Continue reading

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Missing the Point on Israel

With US-Israel relations at the worst they’ve been in decades, relations appeared to go even further downhill when Israeli commandos stormed an “aid flotilla” sailing from Turkey towards the Gaza blockade, resulting in the deaths of several pro-Palestinian activists. The … Continue reading

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Bringing Hamas to the table

Former head of Mossad, Efraim Halevy, has an op-ed up at the New Republic entitled “Why not Hamas?” In it he suggests that the policy of excluding Hamas from the increasingly implausible Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has not only failed but … Continue reading

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Context behind the news

Gaza Rocket Attack Into Israel Kills a Thai Worker The foreign agricultural worker, Manee Singueanphon, 30, from Thailand, was the first fatality from Gaza rocket fire since the end of a three-week Israeli military offensive into Gaza in January 2009. … Continue reading

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Does this remind you more of Munich or Oceans Eleven?

Front page of the Gulf News yesterday in Dubai. Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a senior Hamas military commander and a founder of the Al-Qassam Brigades, was assassinated in the luxurious Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai on 19 January (or 20th January, … Continue reading

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Has Hezbollah finally “matured?”

Many Western governments heaved a hefty sigh of relief when Lebanon’s pro-Western political bloc unexpectedly took Monday’s elections. What I find to be particularly interesting is the conciliatory reaction of the opposition’s most infamous and militant faction, Hezbollah. To wit: … Continue reading

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