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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

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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

Essay: Recognition Condition Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tal Becker

Amid efforts to relaunch and sustain Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Israel's claim for recognition as a Jewish State continues to generate controversy. While Israel's leaders have insisted that such recognition is fundamental to any peace agreement, Palestinian and other Arab leaders have responde

Bahrain, Iran and US Policy

Bahrain, Iran and US Policy Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Simon Henderson

Neither Saudi Arabia - which bankrolls much in Bahrain, from items on the national budget to King Hamad's personal Boeing 747-400 aircraft - nor the UAE seem amenable to the notion of Bahrain being a test case for the Obama Administration's policy of promoting universal freedoms of political express

Misunderstanding Assad

Misunderstanding Assad Categories: Syria     Author: Tony Badran

These starry-eyed, bewildered justifications of the regime's current response are due to the fact that the majority of observers hold the belief that Assad is indeed a "reformer". Seen through this lens, Assad's actions would indeed appear baffling. Why wouldn't this "reformist" President simply ref

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September Song

September Song Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Netanyahu has been under pressure from some of his aides to preempt the Palestinian initiative with a diplomatic plan of his own. If he has indeed been working on such a plan, the Prime Minister has been doing a good job keeping it secret.

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