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Hypocrisy and the war in Gaza Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

There has been a lot of hypocrisy in commentary about the current Hamas-Israeli violence. About 700 Palestinians - mostly Hamas combatants - have died since December 27, which is when most people think this conflict started. More people than that died in a shorter period of time when violence flared

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Gaza: The case for Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

In warfare, as at any time, civilian deaths are horrible. That some innocent Palestinians have died in recent days in Gaza is tragic, but the blame must be laid fairly and squarely at the feet of Hamas.

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Silicon Revolution in the City of Gold Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The city is Jerusalem, and the two contestants for its mayoralty were Rabbi Meir Porush, scion of a family that has been a pillar of ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem for more than two centuries, and Nir Barkat, a computer engineer and MBA who had vowed to wrest the Israeli capital from its religious leaders

Policemen on the Ball? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

In recent weeks, numerous Israeli commentators have noted strong progress in the performance of the West Bank Palestinian security forces, both in terms of their ability to control the streets of Palestinian cities, and their coordination with Israeli authorities.

A Year of Turmoil Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Allon Lee

Israeli analyst and journalist Ehud Ya'ari is known not only for his encyclopaedic knowledge of everything going on across the whole Middle East, but for his extraordinary personal contacts throughout the region extending even into the ranks of many of Israel's most bitter enemies.

UN-healthy Fixations Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel, United Nations     Author: Adam Frey

Continuing its yearly tradition, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) debated and voted on a cavalcade of recycled anti-Israel resolutions during its November sessions. This annual rehashing of the same anti-Israel ritual presents an opportunity to review Australia's voting record on the issue

Asia Watch: Signing On Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesia continues to play an intriguing role in Israeli-Palestinian matters, issuing the time-honoured declarations of support for Palestinian self-determination and condemnations of Israeli conduct, while at the same time developing further unofficial links with the Jewish state.

Keyed Up In Wellington Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Given the consistency of the pre-election polls, the results of the New Zealand election on Nov. 8 would have come as a shock to few Kiwis - John Key's National party handily defeated the Labour party, led by Helen Clark, the prime minister for the past (almost) 9 years.

Game On Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In what reflects a widespread assessment that Netanyahu is likely to head the next government, a rainbow coalition of newly converted allies has been gradually gathering around him.

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Obama's Options Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: David Makovsky

When it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, a strategy of "engagement without illusions" will most likely drive the Obama Administration. Prospects of diplomatic success are worth trying, but at a minimum, engagement would attempt to reverse the slide toward radicalisation.

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