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Scribblings: What Palestinians want Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal made international headlines on Dec. 7 when he made a particularly uncompromising speech in Gaza promising never to recognise Israel and to liberate all of Palestine "from the river to the sea" via armed "resistance". It's worth specifically parsing what he had to say abo

Editorial: A Wrong Turn Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The United Nations General Assembly vote on November 29, upgrading the Palestinian mission at the UN to the status of an "observer state" was a unilateral move which violated a core tenet of the Oslo Accords, stipulating that neither party would attempt to unilaterally change the legal status of the

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The state of Israeli/Palestinian relations

The state of Israeli/Palestinian relations Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with three pieces of analysis on the state of Israeli-Palestinian relations in the wake of the UN  vote on "non-member state" status and other recent events. First up is noted Israeli academic analyst and former UN Ambassador Dore Gold, offering some advice on Isr

E1 "cutting the West Bank in half"?

E1 "cutting the West Bank in half"? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In an update to my blog post from December 4 on the controversy surrounding Israel's decision to allow the planning of a new neighbourhood for the Jerusalem suburb of Ma'ale Adumim in an area known as E1, we look at some new developments to the story.

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Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox

Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In order to fully understand all the implications of the upgrade of Palestinian status to non-member observer state at the United Nations, it is worthwhile to begin by revisiting their more ambitious first attempt to bring Palestinian UN membership to a vote in the United Nations Security Council la

Carr's hectoring won't change Middle East Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It is simply not true that Israel is ''continuously expanding Jewish settlements'' and ''creeping towards the de facto creation of a Greater Israel that swallows up the Palestinians and their land'' as Peter Hartcher and many of the Labor figures he spoke to for his story on Australia's vote on the

Egypt's new Islamist constitution

Egypt's new Islamist constitution Categories: Egypt, Updates    

On Friday, following an all night session, Egypt's constitutional assembly rushed through a new constitution, which was promptly approved by Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, and will be put to a referendum on Dec. 15. The rushed constitutional process follows increasing p

E-1: Beyond the myths and hype

E-1: Beyond the myths and hype Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

An international furore has arisen over Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to move forward with the long-stalled planning of a new Jewish neighbourhood in the area between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim known by the name E-1. Construction on the project itself would not begin for, at

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