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No 'Compensation' to Israel for Iran Deal

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter's visit to Israel

InThe Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten defined chutzpah as "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan." Today we have a new paradigm for chutzpah: the Israeli government's demand for "compensation" from the American taxpayers for the Iran nuclear agreement.

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Life and Death


by Adam Keller

Sharon Gal is the latest among the long string of Israeli journalists who moved over to a political career. Immediately upon being elected to the Knesset he found a convenient hobby horse to ride – the call for introducing the death penalty for Palestinians "terrorists".

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Avnery: The Treaty


And what if the whole drama was only an exercise of deception? What if the wily Persians did not even dream of building an atomic bomb, but used the threat to further their real aims?

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Israel, the rainbow flag and the 'pinkwashing' problem


by Rachel Shabi

Weeks ago, the White House and thousands of Facebook profile pictures turned rainbow coloured in celebration of the US Supreme Court decision to legalise same-sex marriage. In the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian artist painted the same rainbow symbol in giant format on a prominent part of Israel's separation wall - and then Palestinian protesters painted over it. Cue the media items that juxtaposed the intolerant Palestinian position against Israel's gay-friendly track record.

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The pursuit of peace in Afghanistan

peace talks

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

For over a decade, Afghanistan has insisted on "Afghan-owned" and "Afghan-led" talks with the Taliban, preferably to be held on its own soil. Official dialogue channels are now open, but it was Pakistan that hosted direct talks with the Taliban, and of course, with its own initiative.

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli settlements


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