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The Last Word: Source-ry

The Last Word: Source-ry Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

Reading the reviews and commentaries of the recent publication by the Foreign Minister in the government which was ejected by voters at the 2013 Federal election, then Senator Bob Carr, I note one common assumption seems to be that the writer was telling the truth, or something close to it, in his a

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Media Microscope: Carr's Ride Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

On balance, most commentators rejected the accusation Bob Carr made in his published diary of his stint as Australian Foreign Minister - alleging that Melbourne's Jewish leadership, in particular AIJAC, exercised an "unhealthy" influence on Prime Minister Julia Gillard regarding Australia's Israel-P

The Biblio File: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit

The Biblio File: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Sol Stern

Ari Shavit's My Promised Land may well be the most commercially successful, yet also critically acclaimed book by an Israeli writer explaining his country's complicated history to English-speaking readers. Some of this adulation is well deserved. Shavit is the most talented Israeli journalist of hi

Presidential Parlour Games

Presidential Parlour Games Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Following a seven-year term in which he rehabilitated the Israeli presidency and became the country's public darling and the world's elder statesman, 90-year-old Shimon Peres is ready to pass on the baton, come July 15. The politicians, however, are not ready. Nine candidates are vying for the cere

Decision Time

Decision Time Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

As narratives about the root causes of the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations take shape, US leaders have a major decision to make about whether to disengage from diplomacy or deepen involvement in less high-profile ways. The contours of that choice emerge from a detailed, impassioned, and

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The Deep UN

The Deep UN Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ben Cohen

The April reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority's dominant Fatah faction and the Islamist Hamas movement has come as a shock to many. It shouldn't have. In the weeks before the deal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had already taken steps with a profoundly negative

Deconstruction Zone: Palestinian Magical Thinking Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Spyer

So April 29th has passed, and the nine-month period allotted by the current US Administration for its effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute has come and gone. Entirely predictably, it has failed, in its entirety. What can be learned from the failure? The failure of the talks was predic

Scribblings: Israeli Arabs for a Jewish State

Scribblings: Israeli Arabs for a Jewish State Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Extreme critics of Israel tend to argue that Israel's existence as a Jewish homeland is inherently racist. Never mind that most countries in the world have some sort of ethnic identity associated with them - including almost all of Israel's Arab neighbours - and that both Israel's constitution and I

Editorial: At a Crossroads Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The apparent failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian peace talks initiative - launched under a self-imposed nine-month deadline last July and concluding at the end of April - was unfortunately not altogether unexpected. Nevertheless, it was a disappointment for those of us

Rewriting history

Rewriting history Categories: Israel, Jordan, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Pro-Palestinian propagandists often allege that measures such as checkpoints and the Security Barrier are not necessary for security but are rather there merely to subjugate Palestinians. They also claim that Israel never seriously considered returning the land to Jordanian control or, alternatively

"How dare you talk to one another!" The ‘Anti-Normalisation’ campaign continues to obstruct reconciliation in the Middle East

"How dare you talk to one another!" The ‘Anti-Normalisation’ campaign continues to obstruct reconciliation in the Middle East Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

What if someone told you that Israelis and Palestinians weren't fighting each other, but were fighting together, for peace and reconciliation. There are NGOs and individuals based in Israel and the Palestinian territories doing just that; working together to promote dialogue, co-operation and ultima

Distortions of "lobby" role Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Or Avi-Guy

A response to Jordy Silverstein's article "Broadening the context of Australia's 'Zionist lobby'", published at "The Conversation" So much has been written about Bob Carr's memoir "Diary of a Foreign Minister", and his claim tha

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

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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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

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