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Editorial: Frustration versus Analysis Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Although the resolution appears very clear, progressing there is desperately, exasperatingly difficult. Unfortunately, the well-meaning but relatively inexperienced Obama Administration has shown a counter-productive tendency to act out of this frustration rather than careful analysis.

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Essay: Lawrence of Judea Categories: Israel     Author: Martin Gilbert

For generations of British Arabists, Lawrence was and remains a symbol of British understanding of and support for the Arab cause. Virtually unknown, however, is his understanding of and support for Jewish national aspirations in the same era.

Bibi's Year of Living Safely Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

And yet, firm though Netanyahu's position on the saddle seems, it isn't clear just where the horse under it is heading. Netanyahu's delivery of actual change has been slow at best. Unlike his stint as treasurer earlier in the decade, when he arrived at his job with plans which he lost no time puttin

A Town Called Sderot Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Andrew Friedman

Local and international media made much ado about the one-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's military operation over December 2008 and January 2009 in the Gaza Strip to suppress Qassam rocket fire at Israeli civilians. But residents of Sderot, the Israeli town just three kilometres fr

AIR New Zealand: Kiwis in Turtle Bay Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

In several columns last year I wrote that the diplomatic relationship between New Zealand and Israel appeared to be improving - due to the new more Israel-friendly National-led government and the imminent reopening of an Israeli Embassy in Wellington.

"Fatahgate"/New Goldstone Revelations Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update opens with some comment on a story that has had little coverage in Australia - a scandal within the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority involving a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas named Rafik Husseini allegedly using his position to solicit sexual favours.

Abbas' Negotiation Dilemmas Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new analysis of the position of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations - negotiations about negotiations, one might say - continue

Media MIcroscope: Siege Mentality Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

The media predictably commemorated the anniversary of Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza with pieces and reports bemoaning the continuing state of "siege". Many failed to blame Hamas for this situation, which would be remedied if Hamas renounces violence, recognises Israel and accepts existing agr

The Uneasy Silence Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

An uneasy silence has descended on Palestinian-Israeli relations. What began with a new American administration's energetic initiative, and then produced some improbable concessions on the part of a new Israeli leadership, has since petered out in the face of Palestinian paralysis.

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Palestinian-Israeli peace talks in 2010? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the prospects for resuming and progressing Israeli-Palestinian talks - which have been in limbo since 2008 - in 2010. First up, David Makovsky from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy previews US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell’s visit to the region next week

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