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Poor Advice Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In a March 9 Age piece, the ANU's Amin Saikal took it upon himself to advise Barak Obama on Middle East policy. He claimed the Bush Administration's policy had "denied Hamas its right to exercise power as the democratic choice of the Palestinian people." This is untrue.

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Wild and Woollacott Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

A review by Guardian writer Martin Woollacott of Patrick Tyler's book A World of Trouble: America in the Middle East appeared in the "Panorama" section of the February 14 Canberra Times. Tyler strongly criticises US actions in the Middle East and Woollacott, a long time critic of Israel, strongly ag

Israel's centrist ground Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Despite campaign rhetoric from all sides, the close result and large number of late deciders demonstrates that there is a lack of clear ideological or policy distinctions between the main parties. A wide consensus has developed in Israeli politics and public opinion on the desirability of a two-stat

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Hamas has absolutely no interest in peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Much attention will surely be focused on the tragic incident at the school in Jabaliya, Gaza, which was caused when Israeli forces responded to Hamas mortars being fired from there. But we cannot lose sight of the historical realities that remain important to understanding the current fighting and p

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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