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Editorial: First Things First Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Outgoing British PM Tony Blair has been very compelling in explaining the reality of Islamist extremist terrorism and the need to counter its totalitarian ideology at its place of origin in the Middle East. He has also been a sincere friend of Israel.

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UN Resolution 181 - 1947 Categories: Documents, Israel, Palestinians    

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 called for the partition of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state. It was approved on November 29, 1947 with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent.

British Mandate in Palestine - 1922 Categories: Documents, Israel, Palestinians    

The mandates for Palestine and Syria came into force simultaneously on September 29, 1922. In this document, the League of Nations recognized the "historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine" and the "grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country."

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The Balfour Declaration - 1917 Categories: Documents, Israel    

During the First World War, British policy became gradually committed to the idea of establishing a Jewish home in Palestine (Eretz Yisrael). After discussions in the British Cabinet, and consultation with Zionist leaders, the decision was made known in the form of a letter by Arthur James Lord Balf

Penniless in Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: External author

In the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip there are still signs of the last Israel Defence Forces operation in the area. More "exposed" agricultural areas, the bombed bridge leading into the town and damaged homes. A visiting Israeli examined the bullet holes in the windows in astonishme

Editorial: A State of Flux Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The always volatile politics of Israel have, in that curiously Israeli way, returned to their normal state - that is, a state of flux. The conduct and consequences of the war against Hezbollah have seen accusations hurled back and forth between the various political parties, pundits, and serving and

The problem of squaring a circle Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Both Israel and Palestinian politics are currently in a state of flux. The conduct and consequences of the war against Hizbollah have seen a very intense debate in Israel. The future of the current ruling coalition, elected in May, is meanwhile very much up in the air. Meanwhile, Palestinian Authori

Hezbollah's new battle at home Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Op-eds, Syria     Author: Ted Lapkin

IF LOVE means never having to say you're sorry, that principle should apply with redoubled force when the emotion in question is hate. So when Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah publicly apologised for igniting the recent Lebanese conflict, his boasts of victory over Israel began to ring a tad

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