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1948 Revisited - The true story Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Efraim Karsh

Far from being the hapless objects of a predatory Zionist assault, it was Palestinian Arab leaders who from the early 1920s onward, and very much against the wishes of their own constituents, launched a relentless campaign to obliterate the Jewish national revival.

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Asia Watch: Mixed Messages Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

There were, as usual, some mixed signals from Indonesia as Israelis and Palestinians alike paused to consider 60 years of the Jewish state. The lead negative item was an international anti-Zionist conference at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, held to coincide with the anniversary ce

Editorial: The Past and the Future Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last month, Israel celebrated its 60th anniversary while Palestinians mourned the same event as their "naqba" (catastrophe). The duelling commemorations prompted considerable media commentary, some of which provided highly distorted views of Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians. It's time t

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Hard-nosed leader goes soft on Hamas Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Mark Leibler

MALCOLM Fraser's opinion piece in last Saturday's Age was marred by contradictions, factual errors and a naivete about world events inconsistent with the hard-nosed, realistic prime minister I knew in the 1970s and '80s. Mr Fraser implied that the problem in the Middle East is principally Israeli s

1948 Revisited Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Israel's 60th Anniversary celebrations led to much comment on the real circumstances of 1948, and especially the causes of the Palestinian refugees from that war. Below are three good comments on that history from prominent Israeli academics.

Alexander Downer speech to American Jewish Committee upon receiving the Ramer Award for Excellence in Diplomacy, Washington D.C. Categories: Australasia, Europe, International Jewry, Israel, Speeches, United States    

The Australian and American Jewish communities have a lot in common. In both cases Jews have found in our countries the peace and tolerance which was denied them over the centuries in Europe and the Middle East: but they have not only found freedom and tolerance in Australia and America, they have c

Refugee return a poser for Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Adam Frey

Conventional wisdom holds that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict now is primarily a matter of borders and "occupation". But as Israelis celebrate their Independence Day and Palestinians' prepare to mourn their naqba ("catastrophe"), it's clear that the shadow of 1948 looms as large as that from 1967.

Nuclear Revelations about Syria/ Israel-Syria negotiations? Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, International Security, Israel, Multimedia, Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on two recent developments vis a vis Syria. Firstly, according to the US CIA Director, what Israel destroyed in a mysterious airstrike in Syria last September was a plutonium producing nuclear reactor, capable of producing enough plutonium for one to two nuclear bombs per year, b

The time for peace has come Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Next week, Israel will mark the 60th anniversary of its founding. Israel's story in that time has been an amazing and inspiring one, a fact too often forgotten in the debate over terrorism and violence, peace plans and peace processes, accusation and counter-accusation.

From Tokyo to Tel Aviv Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's four-day visit to Japan in late February re-emphasised the increasingly warm and intimate ties developing between Israel and Japan in recent years. The growing warmth reflects interlocking economic synergies reinforced by more than a decade of practical Japanese support

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Essay: A Distant Affinity Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Geopolitically, there is little reason to expect Australia and Israel to have any closer relationship than any other two states of a comparable size and similar distance from one another... But in reality, over the past 60 years the relationship has been at an entirely different level from any simil

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