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Scribblings: What Palestinians want Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal made international headlines on Dec. 7 when he made a particularly uncompromising speech in Gaza promising never to recognise Israel and to liberate all of Palestine "from the river to the sea" via armed "resistance". It's worth specifically parsing what he had to say abo

Editorial: A Wrong Turn Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The United Nations General Assembly vote on November 29, upgrading the Palestinian mission at the UN to the status of an "observer state" was a unilateral move which violated a core tenet of the Oslo Accords, stipulating that neither party would attempt to unilaterally change the legal status of the

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The state of Israeli/Palestinian relations

The state of Israeli/Palestinian relations Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with three pieces of analysis on the state of Israeli-Palestinian relations in the wake of the UN  vote on "non-member state" status and other recent events. First up is noted Israeli academic analyst and former UN Ambassador Dore Gold, offering some advice on Isr

E1 "cutting the West Bank in half"?

E1 "cutting the West Bank in half"? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In an update to my blog post from December 4 on the controversy surrounding Israel's decision to allow the planning of a new neighbourhood for the Jerusalem suburb of Ma'ale Adumim in an area known as E1, we look at some new developments to the story.

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Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox

Behind the 'Palestine' vote, a paradox Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In order to fully understand all the implications of the upgrade of Palestinian status to non-member observer state at the United Nations, it is worthwhile to begin by revisiting their more ambitious first attempt to bring Palestinian UN membership to a vote in the United Nations Security Council la

E-1: Beyond the myths and hype

E-1: Beyond the myths and hype Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

An international furore has arisen over Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to move forward with the long-stalled planning of a new Jewish neighbourhood in the area between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim known by the name E-1. Construction on the project itself would not begin for, at

Essay: The Great Refugee Trap

Essay: The Great Refugee Trap Categories: NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Nitza Nachmias

The twentieth century experienced some of the worst instances of population displacement in history: the 15 million ethnic Germans forced out of their homes in Eastern Europe after World War II; the millions of Muslims and Hindus fleeing the newly established states of India and Pakistan during the

How Gaza Changes the Mideast Game

How Gaza Changes the Mideast Game Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Lee Smith

In mid-November, Israel embarked on "Operation Pillar of Defence", the second time it's gone to war against Hamas in the past four years. The proximate cause of this campaign, according to Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, was "the incessant rounds of artillery rockets and mortars into the heart

The Rockets of November

The Rockets of November Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Tel Aviv tends to revel in its image as a bastion of hedonism and frivolity that defies Middle Eastern tensions, but as autumn's seagulls overflew its fishermen's piers the city received a stark reminder of where it is situated. As sirens ululated across the cosmopolitan metropolis, sending thousan

Scribblings: Body Counts and Proportionality Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the recent Gaza conflict, as in 2008-2009, the media was obsessed with "disproportionate" body counts - the fact that more Palestinians were dying than Israelis. Such counts of course, have nothing to do with the actual international law principle of "proportionality", which says that the damage

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Editorial: A Tactical Success Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's eight-day "Operation Pillar of Defence", which ended with a ceasefire agreement on November 21, was a limited operation with a primary objective - to staunch the flow of rockets launched from Gaza and landing on southern Israel's cities and villages. Some 764 rockets had struck Israel from

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