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Hamas has absolutely no interest in peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Much attention will surely be focused on the tragic incident at the school in Jabaliya, Gaza, which was caused when Israeli forces responded to Hamas mortars being fired from there. But we cannot lose sight of the historical realities that remain important to understanding the current fighting and p

Hypocrisy and the war in Gaza Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

There has been a lot of hypocrisy in commentary about the current Hamas-Israeli violence. About 700 Palestinians - mostly Hamas combatants - have died since December 27, which is when most people think this conflict started. More people than that died in a shorter period of time when violence flared

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Gaza: The case for Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

In warfare, as at any time, civilian deaths are horrible. That some innocent Palestinians have died in recent days in Gaza is tragic, but the blame must be laid fairly and squarely at the feet of Hamas.

The Last Word: Offence and Threats Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

When some Sydney teenagers created a group on the social networking internet platform "Facebook", on which they posted photos of poorly or creatively parked vehicles and made infantile and sometimes offensive comments about Jews, they were apparently oblivious to the public nature of their activitie

Media Microscope: Lessons from Mumbai Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Terrorism     Author: Jamie Hyams

As tends to be the case after any major terrorist attack, media commentators and editorial writers reacted to the Mumbai atrocity by trying to extract lessons for the benefit of their loyal readers. Two Age editorials were careful to appropriately condemn the terrorists, but still inappropriately pu

Silicon Revolution in the City of Gold Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The city is Jerusalem, and the two contestants for its mayoralty were Rabbi Meir Porush, scion of a family that has been a pillar of ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem for more than two centuries, and Nir Barkat, a computer engineer and MBA who had vowed to wrest the Israeli capital from its religious leaders

Policemen on the Ball? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

In recent weeks, numerous Israeli commentators have noted strong progress in the performance of the West Bank Palestinian security forces, both in terms of their ability to control the streets of Palestinian cities, and their coordination with Israeli authorities.

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A Year of Turmoil Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli analyst and journalist Ehud Ya'ari is known not only for his encyclopaedic knowledge of everything going on across the whole Middle East, but for his extraordinary personal contacts throughout the region extending even into the ranks of many of Israel's most bitter enemies.

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