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Editorial: Disengagement Disappointments Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Israel's disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank carries the potential to relaunch peace talks with the Palestinians and create the core of a larger Palestinian state. Israeli PM Ariel Sharon clearly implied as much at the UN on Sept. 15. However, Palestinian behaviour in recent weeks mak

Scribblings: UNreformable Categories: International Security     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The UN, which celebrated its 60th anniversary with a major international Summit in mid-September, embodies many of humanity's highest aspirations, particularly the peaceful resolution of conflict, universal human rights, and humanitarian intervention.

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Media Microscope: Never Enough Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

Most media coverage devoted to Israel's disengagement from Gaza has been sympathetic. Opinion pieces and editorials alike have recognised the pain Israelis are suffering as a result of the disengagement, and praised Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for his courage.

Scribblings: Bad Poetry Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Are the Palestinians going to seize the opportunity created by disengagement to advance toward their national goals by demonstrating that they are a responsible peace partner? If there are going to be further peace negotiations, the Palestinians are going to have to create a viable polity that featu

Fighting Faiths Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: External author

If there is one thing that everybody knows about the Crusades, it is that they were a Bad Thing. Even in the eyes of most Christians, let alone others, the Crusades were a crime against humanity, one for which apologies are due, especially to Muslims.

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Bad Information Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: External author

A wave of journalists from around the world descended upon Israel to cover the evacuation of the Gaza settlements. The last time a media event of this scale took place in Israel was April 2002, when the IDF entered West Bank cites, including the city of Jenin, following 18 months of Palestinian terr

Gaza's Ganglands Categories: Palestinians     Author: External author

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas hastily returned to Gaza following the funeral of Saudi King Fahd during the first week of August. Abbas intended to stay in Gaza for the next few weeks during the disengagement. He is facing difficult problems in Gaza that may determine his fate. Will he

Out of Gaza Categories: Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

On the back of a carefully integrated logistical operation involving some 43,000 army and police personnel, Israels pullout of 21 Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip was completed on Monday August 23, well ahead of the planned three weeks. None of the darkest scenarios materialised. Apart from li

Native Sons Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: External author

The July suicide bombings in London Ã?Â? some or all of whose perpetrators were Muslims born and reared in Britain Ã?Â? are likely to produce in the United Kingdom the same intellectual reflection on Muslim identity in Europe that is already underway in nearby countries. The French began this reflec

Last Chance for Justice Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry     Author: Leon Kofmansky

Over sixty years after the murder of Jewish teenager Peter Balazs in Budapest, the last of the accused has finally been arrested. If Australian courts find a Hungarian extradition request in order, Perth resident Charles Zentai will stand in the dock, accused of committing the murder along with two

Blind Spot Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon     Author: External author

The responses of senior British officials following the London bombings last week are highly revealing. They contain within them clues to a decades-long failure of political judgment. This failure allowed the forces which produced the bombing to grow and proliferate on British soil, freely, under th

At the Centre Categories: Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Iraq, Israel     Author: External author

I landed in Israel on Tuesday, July 12. Just before my plane touched down a suicide bomber blew himself up in Netanya, proclaiming his arrival in paradise, and Ã?Â?Ã?Â? as a certification of his entitlement to paradise Ã?Â?Ã?Â? announcing that he had taken the lives of five Jews with him.

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Hamas Delusion Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: External author

The wishful thinking that has long characterised European diplomacy in the Middle East has made one of its periodic ocean crossings and regained a foothold in Washington. Reflecting their eagerness to see "progress" in relations between Palestinians and Israelis, some American officials have adopted

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