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Israel's push for productive solutions

Israel's push for productive solutions Categories: Anti-Zionism, Asia, Europe, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

THE Lebanese branch of the anti-Israel boycott movement has demanded that country's government ban the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because, in the movie, Wonder Woman is played by the Israeli actor Gal Gadot. Worldwide, the film has box office takings of over $1.2 billion. Many people -

The Sanders Middle East mirage

The Sanders Middle East mirage Categories: America, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democrat nomination for president of the United States has excited many pro-Palestinian activists. Even academic Amin Saikal ("Bernie Sanders dares to challenge Israel", Times2, April 20, p5) has jumped on the bandwagon. This Sanders euphoria is based on few

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Don't Be Fooled by Iranian Minister's Charm Offensive

Don't Be Fooled by Iranian Minister's Charm Offensive Categories: Australasia, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Australia recently hosted Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Islamic Republic's urbane and seemingly moderate face. However, charm and a lovely accent do not make someone a moderate. In fact analysis of his various comments while here reveals much about the unchanged nature of Ira

Iranian election shows hoped-for moderation a pipe dream

Iranian election shows hoped-for moderation a pipe dream Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In elections on Feb. 26, Iran is set to choose a new Majlis, or parliament, as well as the "Assembly of Experts" - a body of religious scholars whose main job is to choose the Supreme Leader - currently 76-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. However, hopes that last July's nuclear deal - officially i

Vigilance, not misplaced enthusiasm, needed in the wake of Iran deal implementation

Vigilance, not misplaced enthusiasm, needed in the wake of Iran deal implementation Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It's important to remember that the steps Iran has taken in order to have the sanctions removed do not represent the dismantling of Iran's nuclear program but only a partial rollback​ of certain aspects of it and mothballing​ or disconnecting other enrichment hardware. This means that, moving forwar

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: America, International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

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The Israeli Consensus for Peace is Rabin's Legacy

The Israeli Consensus for Peace is Rabin's Legacy Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Allon Lee

It remains the most traumatic day in recent Israeli history. Yitzhak Rabin, as Chief of Staff, had saved Israel at its darkest hour in 1967. He had served with distinction in the War of Independence and opened the road to besieged Jerusalem. He was assassinated by an extremist who saw him not as a

PA's decision to shun Israel has had bloody outcome

PA's decision to shun Israel has had bloody outcome Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

What should be done about the deadlock in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations since Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to walk away from the talks last year, preferring instead to sign a unity deal with the terrorist group Hamas?  Should the parties go back to discussin

Iran: a better deal needed

Iran: a better deal needed Categories: America, International Security, Iran, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

At the heart of the international effort to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons has been the knowledge and understanding that Iran is a dangerous, expansionist rogue country and a leading state sponsor of terrorism that must be prevented from obtaining even the capability to produce the world'

Delivering aid to Gaza

Delivering aid to Gaza Categories: NGOs, Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Gaza needs aid. Last year's conflict between Israel and Hamas left affected residents homeless, compounding already dire humanitarian challenges facing the Strip. Most of the damage occurred in a concentrated 3km zone adjacent to Israel, which launched strikes against Hamas in response to the group'

Netanyahu likely to seek to broaden his narrow coalition

Netanyahu likely to seek to broaden his narrow coalition Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last December, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of a centre-right government of 68 members in the 120-seat Knesset, called for new elections after disputes with several coalition members. On March 17, Netanyahu's Likud party emerged as the clear winner, with a seemingly comfortabl

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Dangers in the Iran Nuclear Deal

Dangers in the Iran Nuclear Deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

PRINCE Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief, warned last month a deal that allows Iran a pathway to create a nuclear bomb could ignite a new arms race in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and South Korea have already signed a memorandum of understanding on nuclear power. Nuclear wea

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