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Editorial: The Indispensable Alliance Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Following a week of dramatic speeches and meetings in Washington featuring US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, two conclusions have emerged. On the positive side, the United States and Israel alliance, though not always perfect, is strong and enduring. Worryingly

Where is the compromise, Mr Abbas?

Where is the compromise, Mr Abbas? Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

On May 24, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a historic address to a joint meeting of the US Congress, saying he was willing to "make painful compromises", including relinquishing "parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland", in pursuit of peace with the Palestinians. Netanyahu acknowledge

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Reality missing in Obama map

Reality missing in Obama map Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

US President Barack Obama's speech outlining US Middle East policy in the wake of the Arab Spring movements was a watershed, detailing US support for reforms and democratisation. However, its section on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts unfortunately weakened several important points with flaws tha

Abbas in the NYT/ Naqba day

Abbas in the NYT/ Naqba day Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This update deals with two related Israeli-Palestinian developments - a relatively hardline piece by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the New York Times on Tuesday, plus the "Naqba Day" clashes over the weekend (video here and here, some photos here), whic

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Gillard shouldn't give our money to terrorists

Gillard shouldn't give our money to terrorists Categories: Australasia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

ASKED in July 2009, in the aftermath of the Gaza War, if Australia would deal with the Palestinian government if Hamas were to be included, Julia Gillard was unequivocal in her response: "Hamas obviously is a terrorist organisation that has been engaged in violent actions against the Israeli people,

After Bin Laden Categories: Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates    

This Update focuses on additional, under-reported features of the killing of Osama bin Laden last week. We lead with noted Canadian Muslim reformer Irshad Manji, who while congratulating US President Barack Obama, takes issue with his statement that bin Laden was "not a Muslim leader." She insists

Hamas - the key to Peace?

Hamas - the key to Peace? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Amin Saikal's article "Palestinians' High Hopes" (May 6) he naively describes the Fatah-Hamas unity pact as likely to enhance prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. In fact, the effect is very much likely to be the reverse. Saikal, like some other analysts, implores Israel to negotiate with Ha

Israel: Celebrating 63 years of independence

Israel: Celebrating 63 years of independence Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

On 10 May, that little slither of land, Israel, about one third the size of Tasmania but burdened with decades of unremitting attacks on its very legitimacy and existence, celebrates her 63rd year of independence. There are good reasons why many Australians should celebrate that. We could talk abou

The Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

The Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the implication of the surprise Fatah-Hamas Palestinian unity deal, announced on Wednesday. First up, summarising what is known and not known about the details of the deal, and their possible ramifications, is a useful briefing paper from the British-Israel Communications and

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