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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


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.

Intelligent, politically skilled lady rises in Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

A lawyer by training, Livni represents a fresh and promising face in Israeli politics. Importantly, she is untainted by any hint of corruption and her integrity is viewed as an important asset. This should allow her the opportunity to turn the page on the political and personal scandals of the recen

Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is the issue Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IN the nuclear crisis with Iran, the focus of the international community must be to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state, full stop. It is cavalier and dangerous to assume that we can "manage" the threats from a nuclear armed Iran by strategies such as deterrence.

Myth busting Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

It's time to debunk some myths. Israel did not replace or destroy any country. It did not prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. The Palestinian refugee crisis occurred because of the actions of Palestinian and other Arab fighters.

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

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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.

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