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Letter: Palestinian intransigence Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Your editorial "Eight-state solution floated" (25/3), noted the Palestinian Authority stated in 2008 it would not accept a mini-state of cantons. However, that comment misrepresented what was being discussed. That year, Israel offered the Palestinians a contiguous state equal in size to the land in

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Letter: Palestinian state still viable Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Robin Margo ("Settlements are expanding", AFR, Letters, March 24) appears to be relying on the claims of far-left Israeli organisations for his frankly disingenuous letter falsely alleging Jamie Hyams was wrong about Israeli settlements not expanding geographically. Here are the facts...

More Post-Election Analysis from Israel

More Post-Election Analysis from Israel Categories: Israel, Updates    

Here is some more good analysis of the Israeli election on Tuesday and the unexpectedly strong win by incumbent PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. A good discussion of the possible coalition configurations suggested by this outcome comes from Ben Sales of the JTA. This

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Letter: Israel Furphies Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

Tony Walker ("Israel poll threatens Labor peace" 14-15 March) perpetuates a myth about the Israeli/Palestinian dispute - that the Netanyahu government is "committed to an expansion of Jewish settlements." In fact, settlements have not expanded beyond their geographic boundaries since 2004, and housi

If anything, a weakening of the far-right in Israel

If anything, a weakening of the far-right in Israel Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

SBS called it a "shift to the hard right", but they're dead wrong. With over 99 percent of the vote counted, it is apparent that the shift that actually occurred in yesterday's Israeli election was in the opposite direction - a move of many far-right voters towards the centre, along with an impress

Miriam Margolyes and Antisemitism

Miriam Margolyes and Antisemitism Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

"It's becoming a growing concern: who would ride with us, the Australian Jews? The answers I received that night were vague and left me wanting more." On Q&A on 2nd March, Journalism student Erin Gordon asked the panel "Who would ride with us, the Australian Jews," pointing to a rise in antisem

Israel Election Update

Israel Election Update Categories: Israel, Updates    

Today's Update focuses on some new analysis of the state of the Israeli election campaign, now in its final week. The polls have been very varied (an excellent compilation of all significant election polls comes from "Jeremy's Knesset Insider" website) and show that the competition

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Netanyahu's US Congress speech on Iran

Netanyahu's US Congress speech on Iran Categories: America, Iran, Israel, Updates    

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave his long-discussed and controversial address to the US Congress on Tuesday, Washington time (this was early Wednesday morning in Australia.) This Update deals with the effect and aftermath of that speech. The full text of what Netanyahu sai

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