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Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Robert Ellenhorn

Since Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, and the subsequent take over of the strip in a violent coup by Hamas in 2007, Israel has faced an evolving threat from the coastal enclave. For most of that period, Israel's primary security and strategic concern in regards to Gaza was preventi

The Media Failure in Gaza Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Eytan Gilboa

The media is the main source of information about damage to infrastructure and casualties, especially civilian. Western media coverage of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza has been marred by an anti-Israeli bias and professional and ethical failures.

Hamas left eyeless in Gaza

Hamas left eyeless in Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Named by the IDF Operation Protective Edge, successor to Pillar of Defence in 2012 and Cast Lead of 2008-09, the fighting had yet to produce a ceasefire by mid-August - and on the night of 19 August it resumed, when rockets were fired from Gaza several hours ahead of an extended five-day ceasefire's

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Scribblings: The price of a gross over-reaction

Scribblings: The price of a gross over-reaction Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There have been a lot of costs to the over-the-top reaction among many commentators, activists and political leaders to the undoubtedly tragic situation in Gaza over recent weeks. The inability of so many to view the confronting and emotive images coming out of Gaza with some perspective is somethin

Editorial: Part of the Problem Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While the conflict between Hamas and Israel begins to resemble a protracted war of attrition, the unhelpful and dysfunctional role that most of the United Nations' organs have played in the unfolding drama is becoming clearer. Like so many times before, when dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conf

Seeing the light: Hamas' terror tunnels

Seeing the light: Hamas' terror tunnels Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Glen Falkenstein

It takes us a little bit to our childhood fairy tales of demons... [the] environment I live in, the quiet, the green grass, the trees. It's not a pleasant thought that you sit one day on the patio drinking coffee with your wife and a bunch of terrorists will rise from the ground. Such is the realit

Gaza fighting resumes, what happens now?

Gaza fighting resumes, what happens now? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

With Gaza fighting resuming on Tuesday when Hamas fired rockets after 8 days of agreed ceasefires, this Update is devoted to where matters might go from here. First up is Israeli journalist Shmuel Rosner, who outlines 4 different scenarios about how this round of conflict might proceed

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Hamas’ failed strategy

Hamas’ failed strategy Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Glen Falkenstein

This morning, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 24-hour extension of a five-day truce to negotiate a longer-lasting ceasefire, following weeks of conflict. Israel wants the Gaza Strip to be demilitarised, while Hamas wants unrestricted movement in and out of Gaza, no restrictions on goods coming into the

AIJAC response to the Canberra Declaration on Gaza

AIJAC response to the Canberra Declaration on Gaza Categories: Australasia, Documents, Israel, Media Releases, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations     Author: AIJAC

71 current and five former members of Australian Federal and State parliaments, mostly Labor and Greens, but also Malcolm Fraser and some independents, have signed what they call the "Canberra Declaration on Gaza" (the Declaration), calling on "all Australian politicians to condemn the ongoing Israe

Foreign Press Association condemns Hamas threats to journalists - and vindicates claims intimidation is affecting Gaza coverage

Foreign Press Association condemns Hamas threats to journalists - and vindicates claims intimidation is affecting Gaza coverage Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Foreign Press Association has issued a strong condemnation of Hamas' harassment of foreign media in Gaza on August 11. It stated, "The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against v

Hamas' goals in Gaza

Hamas' goals in Gaza Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

With a 72-hour ceasefire currently holding and intensive talks to find a more lasting way to end the current Gaza conflict occurring in Cairo, (differing reports about whether the talks are making progress or not are here and here) this Update looks at Hamas and what it wants, e

Israel continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, despite Hamas’ efforts

Israel continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, despite Hamas’ efforts Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

In recent weeks, the media has focused overwhelmingly on the ‘humanitarian crisis' developing in Gaza. Interestingly, neither the media nor the UN or other ‘human rights' groups - quick to condemn Israel for imposing a partial ‘blockade' on the Gaza Strip - have made any mention of

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Mark Leibler

As of this writing, the war that raged between Israel and Hamas over the past month appears to have ebbed. If it is over, it is only because Hamas finally made the decision that Australia and the world had been imploring them to do for weeks - that is, to stop committing the war crime of firing ind

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The only long-term solution: demilitarise Gaza

The only long-term solution: demilitarise Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Attention is now focused on how a long-term solution can be reached to prevent a repeat of this Israel-Gaza conflict as well as the ones that had been played out before in 2012 and 2009. Israel believes that the answer is the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip through diplomatic means in exchange fo

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