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Tough targeted sanctions needed against Iran

Tough targeted sanctions needed against Iran Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report released in November 2011 provides the strongest evidence to date that Iran has undertaken research and experiments geared towards developing nuclear weapons. And just last week, the IAEA confirmed that Iran was enriching uranium up to 20 percent,

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli President Shimon Peres's groundbreaking visit to Vietnam in November with a delegation of more than 60 prominent Israelis, including two government ministers and leading figures in finance, industry, agriculture and defense was a landmark event. The delegation was given a rousing welcome, in

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New order, same rules

New order, same rules Categories: Egypt, Libya, Op-eds, Tunisia     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Will the Arab revolutions bring freedom for women? So far the signs are bad. Many women in post-revolution Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are concerned. During the Arab Spring they played a key part in the protests by taking to the streets, marching and protesting alongside men. As the old order fell, ho

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No progress on peace until Palestinians change stance

No progress on peace until Palestinians change stance Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Speaking to ABC "Lateline" recently, Palestinian Authority (PA) official Nabil Shaath lamented that the Israelis have been "in full occupation of [his] country for years, 62 years." There is a subtle but profound message in that number. Going back 62 years, Israel existed in the territory set by a 1

UN call will not end this crisis

UN call will not end this crisis Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Palestinian Authority is busily lobbying European nations to support a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state by the United Nations this September. The reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah appears to be targeted towards the same end. As such, it is worth considering what the outcome of

Gaza flotilla blind to Hamas

Gaza flotilla blind to Hamas Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Turkey     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

NEXT week a flotilla carrying so-called activists from various countries under the guise of "humanitarian concern" will set sail for the Gaza Strip, determined to break what they call "the siege of Gaza". Four Australians, including former Greens MLC Sylvia Hale, will be aboard. This latest anti-Is

Where is the compromise, Mr Abbas?

Where is the compromise, Mr Abbas? Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

On May 24, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a historic address to a joint meeting of the US Congress, saying he was willing to "make painful compromises", including relinquishing "parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland", in pursuit of peace with the Palestinians. Netanyahu acknowledge

Reality missing in Obama map

Reality missing in Obama map Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

US President Barack Obama's speech outlining US Middle East policy in the wake of the Arab Spring movements was a watershed, detailing US support for reforms and democratisation. However, its section on Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts unfortunately weakened several important points with flaws tha

Gillard shouldn't give our money to terrorists

Gillard shouldn't give our money to terrorists Categories: Australasia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Arsen Ostrovsky

ASKED in July 2009, in the aftermath of the Gaza War, if Australia would deal with the Palestinian government if Hamas were to be included, Julia Gillard was unequivocal in her response: "Hamas obviously is a terrorist organisation that has been engaged in violent actions against the Israeli people,

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Hamas - the key to Peace?

Hamas - the key to Peace? Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Amin Saikal's article "Palestinians' High Hopes" (May 6) he naively describes the Fatah-Hamas unity pact as likely to enhance prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. In fact, the effect is very much likely to be the reverse. Saikal, like some other analysts, implores Israel to negotiate with Ha

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