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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

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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

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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,

The Biblio File: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit

The Biblio File: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Sol Stern

Ari Shavit's My Promised Land may well be the most commercially successful, yet also critically acclaimed book by an Israeli writer explaining his country's complicated history to English-speaking readers. Some of this adulation is well deserved. Shavit is the most talented Israeli journalist of hi

Decision Time

Decision Time Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

As narratives about the root causes of the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations take shape, US leaders have a major decision to make about whether to disengage from diplomacy or deepen involvement in less high-profile ways. The contours of that choice emerge from a detailed, impassioned, and

The Deep UN

The Deep UN Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ben Cohen

The April reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority's dominant Fatah faction and the Islamist Hamas movement has come as a shock to many. It shouldn't have. In the weeks before the deal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had already taken steps with a profoundly negative

Deconstruction Zone: Palestinian Magical Thinking Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Spyer

So April 29th has passed, and the nine-month period allotted by the current US Administration for its effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute has come and gone. Entirely predictably, it has failed, in its entirety. What can be learned from the failure? The failure of the talks was predic

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Scribblings: Israeli Arabs for a Jewish State

Scribblings: Israeli Arabs for a Jewish State Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Extreme critics of Israel tend to argue that Israel's existence as a Jewish homeland is inherently racist. Never mind that most countries in the world have some sort of ethnic identity associated with them - including almost all of Israel's Arab neighbours - and that both Israel's constitution and I

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