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The latest Fatah-Hamas deal

The latest Fatah-Hamas deal Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement agreed to a unity deal with Hamas, which rules Gaza, last week - an agreement which appeared to rule out an extension of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks whose scheduled end-date was Wednesday. This Update deals wi

Peace eludes Israel amid unrealistic expectations

Peace eludes Israel amid unrealistic expectations Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Tony Walker is certain Israel's West Bank settlements are illegal. (Out on a limb over settlements, AFR 12-13 April). International law is far less certain. Many eminent experts have argued strongly that the claim they are illegal is based on an incorrect reading of Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Conv

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Carr's reckless Israel view

Carr's reckless Israel view Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IN his interview on the ABC's 7.30 about his book Diary of a Foreign Minister, and in media yesterday, Bob Carr continues to makes various claims about what he refers to as the "Israel lobby" in Melbourne. From his comments, it is clear he is referring mainly to the Australia/Israel & Jewish Aff

The Last Word: Don't strip away our Rights Categories: Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Not one, but three wide-ranging inquiries. Not one, but a body of court cases and judgements. Not one, but hundreds of resolved complaints. But only one, potentially disastrous draft piece of legislation. The debate over the Federal Government's move to repeal existing laws designed to give victims

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Essay: Why does Iran want nuclear weapons?

Essay: Why does Iran want nuclear weapons? Categories: International Security, Iran, Terrorism     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

During the past decade, Western diplomats have been engaged in protracted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program. Though a deal remains elusive, Western policymakers remain adamant that an agreement is possible. Much of their optimism is driven by a willingness to te

Olmert's Folly

Olmert's Folly Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

During 47 years in the public eye, Ehud Olmert has spent more time in and around the court system than any other Israeli politician.  Israel's twelfth Prime Minister had been repeatedly suspected, investigated and indicted for assorted corruption charges, only to end up cleared, though sometim

All wet on West Bank water

All wet on West Bank water Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Akiva Bigman

The issue of water rights in the West Bank is constantly raised in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, appearing again and again in public discourse around the world. According to critics of Israel, the Jewish state selfishly exploits the area's water supplies and denies access to the local

Down, but not yet out

Down, but not yet out Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Dennis Ross

In 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry looked at the Middle East, saw enormous upheaval, and judged that the last thing the United States needed was to add to this upheaval. In his view, as long as there was a certain level of stability between Israelis and Palestinians, Washington's task was to

Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows Categories: China, International Jewry, Israel     Author: Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

"Do the Jews Really Control America?" asked one Chinese newsweekly headline in 2009. The factoids doled out in such articles and in books about Jews in China - for example: "The world's wealth is in Americans' pockets; Americans are in Jews' pockets" - would rightly be seen to be alarming in other c

Europa Europa: Pop-up Politics Categories: Europe, Israel, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

Europeans go to the polls in May to elect 751 members of the European Parliament for the next five years. Expect surprises. Not that the European Parliament carries much clout; clout is reserved for the army of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels and the sprinkling of political appointe

Editorial: Upsetting the balance Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

For almost two decades, the provisions of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) have largely been working effectively to balance freedom of speech with protecting Australian citizens against racial vilification. Unfortunately, as written, the language of the exposure draft of the Freedom

Bob Carr's "slick" manipulation of the facts

Bob Carr's "slick" manipulation of the facts Categories: Lebanon, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

During an interview with Radio National's Fran Kelly on April 10, former Foreign Finister Bob Carr raised a previously unreported story involving a vote in the UN General Assembly involving Israel. Carr used the story in an attempt to bolster his claim that then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard had been

Bob Carr's 'Israel lobby' claims inaccurate, bizarre

Bob Carr's 'Israel lobby' claims inaccurate, bizarre Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Bob Carr's interviews on Wednesday on the ABC's 7.30 and Lateline, spruiking the publication of his The Diary of a Foreign Minister, make various claims about what he refers to as the Melbourne "Israel lobby" exercising extraordinary influence over the office of prime minister Julia Gillard. Referr

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string?

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string? Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, United Kingdom, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A report last week by Barak Ben-Shem in the Times of Israel analysed an outbreak of antisemitic comments that followed an application by Jews to the local council in the small English town of Bushey, seeking permission to establish an "eruv". It recalled a similar occurrence in the Sydney suburb of

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