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Sensationalising 'settlement announcements'

Sensationalising 'settlement announcements' Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In my blog post from June 2, I showed how construction in Israel's West Bank settlements had slowed, but that the media had failed to report it. This month, two pieces of commentary by former Bush Administration deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams - who was the official in charge of mon

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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

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

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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

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

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