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Clinton reveals some vital peacemaking home truths

Clinton reveals some vital peacemaking home truths Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

It has not received much coverage in Australia, but Hillary Clinton's new book "Hard Choices" chronicling her time as US Secretary of State in President Barack Obama's first administration, upends the oft-made assumption that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were stillborn between 2009-2012 because o

The reality of Hamas-Fatah “unity”

The reality of Hamas-Fatah “unity” Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

It has become clear over recent days that the crisis created by the kidnapping of three Israeli teens is severely straining the Fatah-Hamas unity pact, signed in April, and implemented via a new "technocratic cabinet" earlier this month. A senior Fatah official was quoted as saying that if Hamas was

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Australia's Jerusalem stance welcomed in Israel, Washington, mostly ignored in Arab world

Australia's Jerusalem stance welcomed in Israel, Washington, mostly ignored in Arab world Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Attorney General George Brandis' and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's recent terminological clarification - that the Abbott Government would not refer to east Jerusalem with any pejorative descriptor, and explicitly not "Occupied East Jerusalem" - was welcomed in the Israeli press but drew limited at

East Jerusalem and semantic rabbit holes

East Jerusalem and semantic rabbit holes Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty told Alice "when I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." Alice retorted: "The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things." More than 140 years after Lewis Carroll's masterpiece wa

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Sweden: Surveying Antisemitic Attitudes

Sweden: Surveying Antisemitic Attitudes Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

The recent survey on worldwide antisemitism conducted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) labelled Sweden as one of the world's least antisemitic countries and as the least antisemitic country in Europe, with just 4% or those surveyed classified as having "antisemitic attitudes."

The Crisis in Iraq

The Crisis in Iraq Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

This Update is devoted to analysis of the crisis in Iraq, where this week an extremist Islamist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), took control of the second largest city, Mosul, and then moved to take other major towns, with the Iraqi Army apparently doing little to

Modi and Israel: Both winners in the Indian election?

Modi and Israel: Both winners in the Indian election? Categories: India, Israel, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Last month saw the biggest electoral victory in India for 30 years. Narendra Modi, a proven state Minister and the face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ousted the Congress Party on the promise of major reforms to revive the Indian economy, despite controversy over his role in ethnic violence in

The new Palestinian Fatah-Hamas government

The new Palestinian Fatah-Hamas government Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the establishment of a new "technocratic" Palestinian government  - agreed on by Fatah and Hamas and sworn in yesterday - following on from a unity deal reaced in late April. It probes the reasons for the agreement between bitter rivals Fatah and Hamas,

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