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Scribblings: Body Counts and Proportionality Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the recent Gaza conflict, as in 2008-2009, the media was obsessed with "disproportionate" body counts - the fact that more Palestinians were dying than Israelis. Such counts of course, have nothing to do with the actual international law principle of "proportionality", which says that the damage

Editorial: A Tactical Success Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's eight-day "Operation Pillar of Defence", which ended with a ceasefire agreement on November 21, was a limited operation with a primary objective - to staunch the flow of rockets launched from Gaza and landing on southern Israel's cities and villages. Some 764 rockets had struck Israel from

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Hamas the real villain in attacks on friends and foe

Hamas the real villain in attacks on friends and foe Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Now the terms of a ceasefire have been agreed upon, Israel hopes this means the rockets from the Gaza Strip will stop, despite the fact rockets have already been fired into Israel from Gaza since the ceasefire came into effect. But, when a ceasefire was negotiated between Israel and Hamas in 2009,

Human rights NGOs, and their half-hearted, belated, and weasel-worded condemnations of rocket attacks

Human rights NGOs, and their half-hearted, belated, and weasel-worded condemnations of rocket attacks Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Human rights organisations are supposed to advance a universal approach, according to which every person in entitled to certain rights and liberties, based simply on his or her humanity. The most basic of these rights is the right to life. Yet time after time those very same organisations prove that

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Bi-partisan support in Australia for Israel’s right to defend itself from rocket attacks

Bi-partisan support in Australia for Israel’s right to defend itself from rocket attacks Categories: Australasia, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

As ‘Operation Pillar of Defence' enters its third day, rockets have gone from shelling southern Israel to threatening Tel Aviv - placing millions of Israelis in range of rocket attack. To date the Iron Dome missile defence system has intercepted 130 rockets, but some 300 rockets and mortars ha

Military operation in Gaza: News round-up

Military operation in Gaza: News round-up Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last night's Update dealt with the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas over Israel's border with Gaza, and included a number of analyses predicting that if the constant rocket fire on southern Israel did not cease, Israel would launch a large-scale military operation to destroy terrorist in

Gaza powder keg flares up again

Gaza powder keg flares up again Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the latest major outbreak of violence from Gaza - resulting in more than 140 rocket hits on Israel since Saturday, a number of Israeli retaliatory strike on Gaza targets, and rocket attacks still occurring as of a few hours ago, despite claims of an Egy

"Palestine" as a "State" of Mind

"Palestine" as a "State" of Mind Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last year, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas went to the UN Security Council (UNSC), attempting to have "Palestine" admitted to the UN as a member state. It soon became clear, however, that the Council was not going to approve the bid, as "Palestine" does not yet meet the criteria f

Obama, Romney, Bibi and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Where must the line be drawn regarding Iran's dangerous and illegal nuclear weapons program? At what point should the very strongest measures, including the possibility of military strikes, be implemented in order to derail it? This is the question at the heart of a subtle yet significant disparity

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Foreign Policy Ideology and Reality

Foreign Policy Ideology and Reality Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Gil Troy

Despite the testy foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney of Oct. 23, it is difficult to assess any candidate's foreign policy ideology - let alone how that candidate will act as president. Predicting how a president will function in foreign affairs is as reli

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