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Editorial: At a Crossroads Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The apparent failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian peace talks initiative - launched under a self-imposed nine-month deadline last July and concluding at the end of April - was unfortunately not altogether unexpected. Nevertheless, it was a disappointment for those of us

Rewriting history

Rewriting history Categories: Israel, Jordan, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Pro-Palestinian propagandists often allege that measures such as checkpoints and the Security Barrier are not necessary for security but are rather there merely to subjugate Palestinians. They also claim that Israel never seriously considered returning the land to Jordanian control or, alternatively

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"How dare you talk to one another!" The ‘Anti-Normalisation’ campaign continues to obstruct reconciliation in the Middle East

"How dare you talk to one another!" The ‘Anti-Normalisation’ campaign continues to obstruct reconciliation in the Middle East Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, NGOs, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

What if someone told you that Israelis and Palestinians weren't fighting each other, but were fighting together, for peace and reconciliation. There are NGOs and individuals based in Israel and the Palestinian territories doing just that; working together to promote dialogue, co-operation and ultima

Through the eyes of a dove: the truth about the early years of Israeli rule over the West Bank

Through the eyes of a dove: the truth about the early years of Israeli rule over the West Bank Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

As one of Israel's most highly respected legal scholars, columnists and politicians who spent his political career in parties left of Labor - and a fierce critic of Israeli West Bank settlements - Amnon Rubinstein has never been accused of sugarcoating his country's policies in the West Bank and Gaz

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The latest Fatah-Hamas deal

The latest Fatah-Hamas deal Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement agreed to a unity deal with Hamas, which rules Gaza, last week - an agreement which appeared to rule out an extension of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks whose scheduled end-date was Wednesday. This Update deals wi

Peace eludes Israel amid unrealistic expectations

Peace eludes Israel amid unrealistic expectations Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Tony Walker is certain Israel's West Bank settlements are illegal. (Out on a limb over settlements, AFR 12-13 April). International law is far less certain. Many eminent experts have argued strongly that the claim they are illegal is based on an incorrect reading of Article 49 of the 4th Geneva Conv

All wet on West Bank water

All wet on West Bank water Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Akiva Bigman

The issue of water rights in the West Bank is constantly raised in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, appearing again and again in public discourse around the world. According to critics of Israel, the Jewish state selfishly exploits the area's water supplies and denies access to the local

Down, but not yet out

Down, but not yet out Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Dennis Ross

In 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry looked at the Middle East, saw enormous upheaval, and judged that the last thing the United States needed was to add to this upheaval. In his view, as long as there was a certain level of stability between Israelis and Palestinians, Washington's task was to

Three "noes" from Abbas?

Three "noes" from Abbas? Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met US President Obama last week. The meeting, which one Palestinian negotiator described as "difficult",  received relatively low-key coverage at the time, but later Israeli coverage, based on US Administation sources, sugges

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Essay: With Friends Like These...

Essay: With Friends Like These... Categories: Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Efraim Karsh

For most of the twentieth century, inter-Arab politics were dominated by the doctrine of pan-Arabism, postulating the existence of "a single nation bound by the common ties of language, religion and history... behind the facade of a multiplicity of sovereign states". No single issue dominated this d

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