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Scribblings: Listening to Abbas Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

It is worth noting one more thing that Abbas said in Washington, not to the Jewish leaders this time to but to President Obama. According to Haaretz (June 13), he reportedly told the President he is opposed to lifting the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip because this would bolster Hamas. Analysts ha

Editorial: The Truth About Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There could be few greater blows to peace hopes than an unconditional lifting of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of Gaza. Empowered by Iranian funds, expertise and armaments, Hamas would become much better able to take on both Israel and the PA, with its reputation vastly enhanced. Hezbollah in no

Additional Autonomous Sanctions on Iran Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

This Update features analysis of the increasing trend of announcements of additional autonomous sanctions directed against Iran's nuclear program in the wake of the passage of the UN Security Council's new sanctions resolution, earlier this month. As noted in previous Updates, this trend incorporate

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Iran's Green Movement, One Year Later Categories: Iran, Updates    

With this week marking the first anniversary of Iran's fraudulent Presidential election and the mass "Green Movement" protests it sparked, this Update features a sampling of some of the many pieces commenting on the significance of events in Iran over the past year.

Israel's Gaza Flotilla Inquiry Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Turkey, Updates    

This Update focuses on some of the details of the Israeli decision to appoint an independent public Commission of Inquiry to look into the events of May 31, when 9 Turkish citizens were killed in a clash at sea as Israeli forces attempted to halt six ships running the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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Of Blockades and Blockheads Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

Why are supposed human rights activists so quick to attack Israel but never make a squeak against the anti-peace Hamas regime that persecutes women, Christians and homosexuals? Why does the Gaza flotilla bloodshed automatically cancel out the moral and legal imperative of maintaining Israel and Egyp

Blockade will end when Hamas wants peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

If Israel is forced to lift the blockade, the unintended result will be the death of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. If Hamas "beats" Israel and successfully arms like Hezbollah, ordinary Palestinians will believe violence (the Hamas path) is better than negotiations (the Fatah path). Fatah w

The Truth Teller Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

The current proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are premature and risk precipitating a third intifada for which the Jewish state will be blamed while Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah become the main beneficiaries, warns Arab Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

Flotilla sailed for confrontation, not for aid Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

Israel told flotilla organisers the aid could be transferred across the Gaza-Israel land border. (It still will be.) The flotilla could also have co-operated with Egypt or the UN in order to help Palestinians, but refused to do so. Helping Palestinians wasn't its goal, confronting Israel was.

Factsheet: The Gaza Flotilla

Factsheet: The Gaza Flotilla Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Reference    

Israel considers itself to be in a state of war with Hamas-ruled Gaza; Being at war with Hamas, Israel is within its rights to enforce a maritime blockade on Gaza in order to prevent Hamas from obtaining weapons and other materiel that would aid its war effort

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The Last Word: Boycotts and Bigots Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Just two weeks after telling the Jerusalem Post that "dialogue is essential", Costello aligned himself with the negative and destructive forces that strengthen extremism and undermine efforts at dialogue and outreach.

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