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Letter in response to Haaretz article Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Contrary to the imputation in Dan Goldberg's April 22 article "At the heart of Australian Jewish community's schism: the 'Israel lobby' debate", in deciding the best way to respond to then NSW Premier Bob Carr's unfortunate decision to present the Sydney Peace Prize to Hanan Ashrawi in 2003, there w

Through the eyes of a dove: the truth about the early years of Israeli rule over the West Bank

Through the eyes of a dove: the truth about the early years of Israeli rule over the West Bank Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

As one of Israel's most highly respected legal scholars, columnists and politicians who spent his political career in parties left of Labor - and a fierce critic of Israeli West Bank settlements - Amnon Rubinstein has never been accused of sugarcoating his country's policies in the West Bank and Gaz

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Israel at 66

Israel at 66 Categories: Israel, Updates    

Israel marked its Independence day (Yom Hatzmaut) on Tuesday, and as usual, the occasion sparked some navel gazing about where the Jewish State is today, 66 years after its foundation. This Update features some of the most interesting examples.

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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

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

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

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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

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