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Vershbow to Visit Israel

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Alexander Vershbow. Image courtesy NATO

NATO’s Deputy Secretary General is set to visit Israel on 15th – 16th January 2014. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow will meet with the Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Ze’ev Elkin, the Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, the National Security Advisor, Mr Yossi Cohen and other top officials. Ambassador Vershow is scheduled to give a speech at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies. He ... Read More »

President of Poland Visits Bethlehem and Meets President Mahmoud Abbas

Photo: Lukasz Kaminski

The President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski has visited Bethlehem today as part of a three day state visit to Israel. President Komorowski met with the leader of the Palestinian National Authority and underlined the commitment of Poland to the two-state solution and to continuing development assistance for the Palestinian people. In an earlier meeting with the Israeli President, Shimon Peres, ... Read More »

Israeli Soldiers Injured on Lebanese Border

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with military advisors on 7th August 2013.

A patrol of Israeli soldiers have been involved in a blast on the border with Lebanon. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu sent his regards and those of the Ministry of Defence to the wounded, wishing them “a speedy recovery”. Meanwhile, the Lebanese Army has insisted that the Israeli patrol violated the UN mandated blue line. In a statement, the Lebanese ... Read More »

World Competitiveness Rankings: Eurozone Lags Behind United States

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The results of the 25th annual World Competitiveness Rankings have been released from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. The United States is back on top spot, with Germany (9th) the only Eurozone country in the top 10. Ireland (17th) is currently beating the United Kingdom (18th), in the IMD’s study of economy, government efficiency , infrastructure ... Read More »

Israel Approves Over 4000 New Settlements Near Jerusalem

Benjamin Netanyahu lights Chanukah candle at the Western Wall

Plans for over 4,000 new settlements near Jerusalem have been approved by the government of Israel. 2,610 housing units in the settlement of Givat Hamatos have been approved – hot on the heels of announcements made at the end of November and Monday’s approval of 1500 new units in Ramat Shlomo. The EU has denounced the move as “jeopardizing the ... Read More »

Secretary of State Clinton Statement on Gaza Ceasefire, November 21 2012

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The US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton, made an announcement following a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza (video above, courtesy U.S. Department of State). Speaking in Cairo, Egypt, on November 21 2012, Secretary Clinton said: Thank you very much, Foreign Minister Amr. I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in ... Read More »

“The Birth of a Pacifist” – Mark Manson

Palestinian children fly kites to mark the the anniversary of Japan's earthquake. March 2012. Image courtesy UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

In 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, I found myself in the awkward position of defending the war to my liberal friends and family. I was majoring in International Relations at the time and I argued with ferocity typical of a college student who thought he knew far more than he really did. The geo-political significance of the region, ... Read More »

Israeli Flights Cancelled Following Blast in Bulgaria

Sarafovo Airport after the explosion which killed seven people

Sarafovo airport in Bulgaria remains closed on Thursday 19th July and flights from Israel to several countries in the East of Europe have been diverted while security forces and medical assistance pour in to deal with a blast which killed several passengers on a bus at the airport. According to the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, five of those killed ... Read More »

Quartet Calls for $1.1 Billion to Support Palestinian Authority

The Foreign Minister of Jordan, Nasser Judeh, represented King Abdullah II of Jordan at the talks

The Middle East Quartet (United Nations, Russian Federation, United States, European Union) issued a statement on 11th April 2012 regarding developments in negotiations between Israel, Palestine and the Quartet. Among the developments and statements was a call for $1.1 billion to support the ailing Palestinian Authority which has suffered withering finances as a result of economic instability caused by on-going ... Read More »

Benjamin Netanyahu Blames Hizbollah and Iran for Attacks on Israelis Abroad

The Georgian Interior Ministry have already made an arrest

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has blamed Hizbollah and Iran for a set of co-ordinated attacks on a woman in New Delhi and an employee at the Israeli embassy in Georgia. The PM said in a statement: “In recent months we have witnessed several attempts to attack Israeli citizens and Jews in several countries, including Azerbaijan, Thailand and others.  ... Read More »