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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

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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

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.

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.

Much to celebrate in Israel's 60 years Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As recognised in last week's bi-partisan federal parliametnary motion introduced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Israel's story over the last 60 years has been an amazing and inspiring one. Unfortunately, Israel's critics have used its conflict with the Palestinians to cast doubt on the legitimacy of

Terrorism remains the problem Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

LATE on Thursday night a Palestinian terrorist killed eight Jewish students and wounded 11 others when he unleashed a hail of bullets inside a religious school in Jerusalem. It is the worst terrorist attack in a major Israel city in two years.

The Sounds of Hate Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Islamic Extremism, Op-eds     Author: Allon Lee

The concern over controversial Croatian rock musician Marko Perkovic’s upcoming Australian tour may surprise some but it is understandable because of the serious allegations surrounding him. Overseas reports claim Perkovic, 42, is openly sympathetic to the World War Two Nazi-collaborationist

Annapolis critics ignore genuine peace efforts Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Adam Frey

At last month's Annapolis peace conference - attended by more than 40 countries, including 16 members of the Arab League - Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) successfully renewed peace negotiations after years of inactivity. Apparently that is not enough for Antony Loewenstein and Michael Sha

Nukes or not, Iran remains a threat Categories: Iran, Op-eds, United States     Author: Bren Carlill

AMERICAN intelligence agencies believe Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program. Since an Iranian nuclear bomb would risk destabilising the entire Middle East, this sounds like great news. But it's worth looking beyond the headlines.

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Chance for Peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

THE Annapolis peace conference in the United States marked a hopeful start to a renewed negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinians. Now that Israel and the Palestinians have committed themselves to a two-track process, the tough part begins.

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