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Gaza's Fuel Woes

Gaza's Fuel Woes Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Robert Ellenhorn

In the midst of an ongoing fuel crisis in March, Qatar agreed to donate the funds necessary to supply Gaza with fuel for three months. The Qatari fuel donation, valued around US$32 million which was part of wider Qatari support of Hamas ran out last week. The end of Qatari donated fuel- delivered by

Essay: Crimea and the West Bank

Essay: Crimea and the West Bank Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Russia     Author: Eugene Kontorovich

US Secretary of State John Kerry spent the past few months shuttling between his two major foreign-policy concerns - Russia's control over Crimea and Israel's control over the West Bank - entirely unaware that he was engaged in a world-historical irony. Both these situations turn on identical intern

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Three Boys, Big Implications

Three Boys, Big Implications Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Two decades after they last successfully abducted an Israeli hitchhiker, Palestinian terrorists have done it again. Contact with three teenagers who were hitchhiking south of Jerusalem was lost on Thursday night, June 12, after they had boarded an unidentified vehicle outside the West Bank community

Editorial: Rhetoric and Reality Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The June 25 announcement by Palestinian delegation to Australia head Izzat Abdulhadi that there would be no trade sanctions imposed by Arab and Muslim countries on Australia over the Government's position of refraining from referring to east Jerusalem as "Occupied" was both anticlimactic and to be e

Sensationalising 'settlement announcements'

Sensationalising 'settlement announcements' Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In my blog post from June 2, I showed how construction in Israel's West Bank settlements had slowed, but that the media had failed to report it. This month, two pieces of commentary by former Bush Administration deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams - who was the official in charge of mon

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Clinton reveals some vital peacemaking home truths

Clinton reveals some vital peacemaking home truths Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

It has not received much coverage in Australia, but Hillary Clinton's new book "Hard Choices" chronicling her time as US Secretary of State in President Barack Obama's first administration, upends the oft-made assumption that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were stillborn between 2009-2012 because o

The reality of Hamas-Fatah “unity”

The reality of Hamas-Fatah “unity” Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

It has become clear over recent days that the crisis created by the kidnapping of three Israeli teens is severely straining the Fatah-Hamas unity pact, signed in April, and implemented via a new "technocratic cabinet" earlier this month. A senior Fatah official was quoted as saying that if Hamas was

Australia's Jerusalem stance welcomed in Israel, Washington, mostly ignored in Arab world

Australia's Jerusalem stance welcomed in Israel, Washington, mostly ignored in Arab world Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Attorney General George Brandis' and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's recent terminological clarification - that the Abbott Government would not refer to east Jerusalem with any pejorative descriptor, and explicitly not "Occupied East Jerusalem" - was welcomed in the Israeli press but drew limited at

The new Palestinian Fatah-Hamas government

The new Palestinian Fatah-Hamas government Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the establishment of a new "technocratic" Palestinian government  - agreed on by Fatah and Hamas and sworn in yesterday - following on from a unity deal reaced in late April. It probes the reasons for the agreement between bitter rivals Fatah and Hamas,

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