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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

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

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

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Let's preserve our best legal weapon against racism

Let's preserve our best legal weapon against racism Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Jeremy Jones

THE frenetic game and tremendous atmosphere at the recent Sydney football derby, with Sydney FC triumphant over the Western Sydney Wanderers, were what I, and many other sports fans, would like to be our final memories of the game. Instead, the revelations of ­racial and religious abuse directe

Letter: Two states our vision Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

JOHN Lyons ("Distant ‘experts' choose to ignore Israeli realities", 8/3), did not address any of the substantive criticism levelled at his Four Corners program. Instead, he made new unsubstantiated allegations ­directed at critics. AIJAC has consistently argued that a negotiated two-state

Letter: Free speech has some boundaries Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Your editorial (6/3) correctly states that, "A free and robust exchange of ideas is essential to democracy" and laudably chastises University of Sydney academic Jake Lynch for attempting to stifle any such exchange via his discriminatory boycotts of Israeli academics. However, its call for the Austr

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'Moderation' screen hides reality of Iran

'Moderation' screen hides reality of Iran Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Or Avi-Guy

TO the naive observer, it might seem Iran's relations with the international community are on the right track; under the leadership of an apparently more moderate president, Hassan Rouhani. An interim action plan regarding Iran's nuclear program was reached and further negotiations are taking place

Israel PM's peacemaking efforts should be remembered

Israel PM's peacemaking efforts should be remembered Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli general, Defence Minister and Prime Minister who died earlier this month, was one of the government officials who greeted then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on the tarmac during his famous visit to Israel in November 1977. Sharing a smile and a handshake, Sadat rib

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

THE six-month interim nuclear deal reached between Iran and the US-led P5+1 powers - US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany - in Geneva in late November finally came into effect yesterday. But now the really hard part begins. If the six-month deal does not lead in the end to the kind of agreemen

Ariel Sharon, from warrior to peacemaker

Ariel Sharon, from warrior to peacemaker Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel's former prime minister Ariel Sharon passed away on January 11. Debate about his legacy will continue for years. Views about it have already changed since he became incapacitated eight years ago, as today many on Israel's left praise his decision to dismantle the settlements in the Gaza Stri

Want peace in Syria? Work on reconciliation from day one

Want peace in Syria? Work on reconciliation from day one Categories: Op-eds, Syria     Author: Or Avi-Guy

When outsiders survey the devastation in Syria, reconciliation is probably the last thing that comes to mind. Millions of refugees and internally displaced people are desperate for humanitarian aid. Millions more are caught in the lines of sectarian fire. Who has time to think about such fluffy &l

Bulldozer who guided Israel from centre

Bulldozer who guided Israel from centre Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

THE passing of Ariel Sharon, Israel's first truly centrist prime minister, is a watershed event in Israel's history, as he served in a unique capacity as the pivotal bridge between Israel's founding generation and political landscape and the mature and modern Israel of today.

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

IT would be difficult to have missed the recent campaign in these pages and elsewhere against section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes conduct unlawful where it is done because of someone's race/ethnicity and is reasonably likely to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" them. F

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