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Annapolis: The Devil's in the Details Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Annapolis peace conference marked a hopeful start to a renewed negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinians. All of the parties said the right things, and the presence of many moderate Arab and Muslim states at the conference was a welcomed development. And as hard as it was to get ev

Howard's achievements, Rudd's promise Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The new Rudd Government gives every indication of not only seeking to match, but if possible, even improve on the excellent record of the Howard Government in terms of both willingness to act on Jewish domestic concerns and also Australia's support for Israel's security and peacemaking efforts.

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Slow steps to solve Arab-Israeli conflict Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

The history of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is littered with the corpses of failed talks or quickly failed agreements. They failed, by and large, because adequate preparation wasn’t made in the lead-up to talks or implementation of agreements.

That road does not lead to peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

VISITING British-Palestinian intellectual Ghada Karmi referred frequently to Middle East peace in her recent article, ("Israel's power is roadblock to peace in the Middle East", The Age Opinion, 10/10) but also perfectly illustrated one reason why achieving a viable and lasting Israeli-Palestinian p


Six Days and Forty Years Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Forty years ago this week, Israel scored a stunning six-day military victory against its Arab neighbours. Today, too many remember this event primarily as the start of Israel's "occupation" of Arab land, which is seen as the "root cause" of all subsequent Middle Eastern problems.

Jews portrayed as guilty – again Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Allon Lee

Forget setting aspirational targets for cutting greenhouse gases. And stop pointing the finger at China and America as the main stumbling blocks for a climate change treaty. Because, according to a prominent British MP, it's actually cold-hearted Israel that's to blame for global warming.

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