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Risks aplenty in minefield of Mid-East peace talks

Risks aplenty in minefield of Mid-East peace talks Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

ON Sunday, Israel's cabinet made the agonising decision to authorise the staggered release of 104 Palestinian prisoners - including notorious mass murderers convicted for acts of wanton terror - in order to satisfy a Palestinian precondition for peace talks that began this week in Washington. The r

Defend those who are bullied

Defend those who are bullied Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Given the very real harm that victims of racial abuse suffer, it is not appropriate to tell them to just "shut up and take it". Not being offended may not necessarily be a right, but it is certainly not a duty. If we are serious about stamping out racism, we have to attach negative consequences to i

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Asia ahead in courting hi-tech Israel

Asia ahead in courting hi-tech Israel Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to China was revealing. Despite Chinese criticism of alleged Israeli airstrikes on arms shipments in Syria, Beijing arranged a program that strongly hinted it regards Netanyahu as an important visitor.

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Change drives Israel coalition

Change drives Israel coalition Categories: Israel, Op-eds, United States     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The new Israeli coalition government - sworn in after weeks of negotiations only two days before the US President' arrival - was indeed an achievement, and one the President should be able to appreciate. Just as Obama was elected on a platform of "hope and change" an appropriate way to describe the

Israeli elections: the doomsday merchants proven wrong

Israeli elections: the doomsday merchants proven wrong Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The dust is settling after the election in Israel, and the efforts to establish a stable coalition are well underway. Prior to the election, concerns were raised in the global media and the blogosphere, about the rise of the so-called ultra-nationalist religious right in Israeli politics. Doomsday-

Netanyahu needs friends for action

Netanyahu needs friends for action Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This week's election in Israel has produced a legislature with broad ethnic, gender and ideological diversity, demonstrating yet again the strength and vitality of the Middle East's first genuine democracy. Under its proportional representation system, no party in Israeli history has ever received

‘Undecided' voters key to the Knesset

‘Undecided' voters key to the Knesset Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Predicting the outcome of Israeli elections is always tricky, but especially this year, as we witness a late surge by charismatic businessman Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party, which is drawing some support away from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud Beitenu list. Meanwhile, the strength

Friends and enemies colour BDS ideology

Friends and enemies colour BDS ideology Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The head of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney, Associate Professor Jake Lynch, has received a number of high-profile condemnations over his recent decision to refuse to work with Hebrew University of Jerusalem academic Dan Avnon. This decision, made i

Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox

Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In order to fully understand all the implications of the upgrade of Palestinian status to non-member observer state at the United Nations, it is worthwhile to begin by revisiting their more ambitious first attempt to bring Palestinian UN membership to a vote in the United Nations Security Council la

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Carr's hectoring won't change Middle East Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It is simply not true that Israel is ''continuously expanding Jewish settlements'' and ''creeping towards the de facto creation of a Greater Israel that swallows up the Palestinians and their land'' as Peter Hartcher and many of the Labor figures he spoke to for his story on Australia's vote on the

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