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On Israel, refugees and foreign policy, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy seems to have swallowed the Swedish self-assessment of being a ‘humanitarian’ super-power. In his article “Sweden, my love” in Haaretz (November 18th), Gideon Levy depicts two morally opposite countries: Sweden, “the closest thing there is today to a model state”, and Israel, an occupying state… » read more

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On 14 July the E3+3 powers (US, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany) and Iran agreed on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning the dismantling of the Iranian nuclear programme. Iran reaffirmed that it under no circumstances will ever seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons. The JCPOA specifies how Iran’s nuclear programme will be… » read more

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Is the way Israel appoints judges to its supreme court something which should concern EU? I would say yes considering the close ties between EU and Israel. The recent proposal raised in the current coalition talks about changing the way how the judges are appointed – in other words politicizing their selection – is worrying.… » read more

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Europe finds itself very close to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and shows an increasing interest in contributing to a sustainable and just solution to the conflict. Last December the European Parliament voted with overwhelming majority for a resolution supporting in principle the recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state resolution. The Parliament added, to Israel’s satisfaction,… » read more

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The peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is suspended until further notice because both sides are obstructing it. The Israeli government, pressed by the settlement lobby, is continuing announcing new construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The Palestinian authority, afraid of its own extremists, refuses to continue the peace talks until a mutual… » read more

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Sermons on Jewish holidays

In his article “The community of expulsion” (INYT, 7 Oct), Roger Cohen complains that he did not hear any sermon about Israel and the Palestinians when he visited his reform synagogue in London during the recent Jewish high holidays. Although he understands that these holidays “are days to look inward”, he thinks that the rabbis… » read more

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While the Middle East is sliding into chaos, the once promising Arab Spring has turned into winter, and a broad coalition is taking on the fight against the Islamic State, the old Israeli-Palestinian conflict is receiving less attention. The recent Gaza war resulted in an open-ended cease-fire which hasn’t yet been followed by talks in… » read more

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Anti-liberal post-Zionism

If the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas holds, it should be an opportunity for Israel to revisit its policy and offer Hamas a comprehensive deal which it cannot reject without losing its support among the Palestinians and any sympathy it may have gained abroad. While the war united the Israelis, it didn’t bridge the political… » read more

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