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Israel: Celebrating 63 years of independence

Israel: Celebrating 63 years of independence Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

On 10 May, that little slither of land, Israel, about one third the size of Tasmania but burdened with decades of unremitting attacks on its very legitimacy and existence, celebrates her 63rd year of independence. There are good reasons why many Australians should celebrate that. We could talk abou

The Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

The Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the implication of the surprise Fatah-Hamas Palestinian unity deal, announced on Wednesday. First up, summarising what is known and not known about the details of the deal, and their possible ramifications, is a useful briefing paper from the British-Israel Communications and

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Essay: Recognition Condition Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tal Becker

Amid efforts to relaunch and sustain Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Israel's claim for recognition as a Jewish State continues to generate controversy. While Israel's leaders have insisted that such recognition is fundamental to any peace agreement, Palestinian and other Arab leaders have responde

September Song

September Song Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Netanyahu has been under pressure from some of his aides to preempt the Palestinian initiative with a diplomatic plan of his own. If he has indeed been working on such a plan, the Prime Minister has been doing a good job keeping it secret.

Scribblings: A Rocket from Nowhere?

Scribblings: A Rocket from Nowhere? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There was no possible mistake; the Hamas operative who fired it hit exactly what he was aiming at - a clearly identifiable, distinctively yellow school bus. This was not a weapon Hamas could ever hope to manufacture for itself in Gaza. In fact, the Kornet is made only in Russia by KBP Industries, a

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Editorial: A Belated Recantation

Editorial: A Belated Recantation Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Probably no document in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict has done more damage to the reputation of Israel, nor contributed more to the international campaign to boycott and delegitimise it, than the Goldstone Report. That is why Justice Goldstone's mea culpa in a Washington Post op-ed on 1 A

Goldstone's Recantation Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

As most readers are probably aware, Justice Richard Goldstone, the head of the UN Human Rights Council's much-discussed "Goldstone Commission" into the 2008-2009 Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, published a recantation in the April 1 Washington Post of many of the report's key findings. This Update de

Oil's Well that Ends Well Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Israel has accidentally emerged with a clear long-term energy strategy: no nuclear energy, less oil and coal, and more natural gas - especially Israel's own.

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