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Editorial: An Extraordinary Society Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Finally Gilad Shalit, who became known in Israel as ‘everyone's son', has returned home. His liberation led to what can only be called a sense of national euphoria across the Jewish state. The costs to gain his release after five years of captivity were, objectively, enormous. Among the 1,027

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Gilad Shalit is free... What now?

Gilad Shalit is free... What now? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is free after five years and four months in captivity in Gaza, and the elation in Israel is overwhelming. (An excellent collection of news and analysis on the release and its aftermath has been assembled by Britain's Telegraph. Israeli P

Misrepresenting 'Palestinian Prisoners' Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Media commentators on the Palestinian prisoner swap deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas have at times wrongly insinuated that there is a degree of moral equivalence on both sides. For example, in Ruth Pollard's "Israel names prisoners to be free" on The Age (17/10/2011), she writes

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What price to free one man?

What price to free one man? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

As the five-year hostage ordeal of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit draws to a close, we offer up some of the standout commentary from the last week on the merits of the deal reached by the Israeli government with Hamas. The tension in the debate concerns the personal interest and the national interest

A Deal on Gilad Shalit/ Egypt and the Copts Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

As readers are hopefully aware, the big news out of Israel is the approval given overnight by the Israeli cabinet to a deal that will see long-captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit released by Hamas in exchange for more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners. (The reported details of the d

Gilad Shalit may finally be released

Gilad Shalit may finally be released Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Israeli Government confirmed that a deal has been reached with Hamas for the release of 25-year-old IDF soldier Gilad Shalit - kidnapped by Hamas on 25 June 2006 - in exchange for 1027 Palestinian prisoners. As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced: "In the coming days we will return Gi

In 1949, who wanted a Palestinian state? Only Israel!

In 1949, who wanted a Palestinian state? Only Israel! Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

It won't stop the revisionist propaganda underpinning the Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence campaign, but newspaper accounts from 1949 prove that the nascent State of Israel supported the establishment of a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza and opposed the land being absor

AIJAC statement on reported deal to release Gilad Shalit

AIJAC statement on reported deal to release Gilad Shalit Categories: Israel, Media Releases     Author: Colin Rubenstein and Mark Leibler

This is a very hopeful announcement, given the many years of effort by successive Israeli governments, with the full support of the Israeli people and all with a genuine concern for morality. If Gilad Shalit is released this will indeed be a joyful end to a terrible violation of  basic human ri

No progress on peace until Palestinians change stance

No progress on peace until Palestinians change stance Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Speaking to ABC "Lateline" recently, Palestinian Authority (PA) official Nabil Shaath lamented that the Israelis have been "in full occupation of [his] country for years, 62 years." There is a subtle but profound message in that number. Going back 62 years, Israel existed in the territory set by a 1

AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria

AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria Categories: Europe, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Today's Update looks at Syria, Iran and Turkey against the backdrop of the veto by China and Russia of sanctions by the UN Security Council against the Assad regime in Damascus for its ongoing violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. The resolution was supported by nine members but, sig

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