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Gilad Shalit/ Tony Blair Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

As readers may be aware, the public campaign for the release of Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in a raid across the Gaza border four years ago, has heated up in Israel in recent weeks (though it has been a highly important and emotional issue since his capture). This Update looks at the reasons why

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Hamas, now here to stay Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Hamas will be in power in the Gaza Strip for a long time. Who is going to remove it? It is a client of Iran. Certainly it is under embargo for arms but it does function a lot like an independent state for daily practical purposes. It will return to war against Israel at the first opportunity. It tea

Collateral Damage Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

There is general agreement here that Israel has made mistakes before and during its navy's May 31 fatal clash with the flotilla's main vessel some 100 kilometres into the Mediterranean, southwest of Tel Aviv. However, there is also general agreement that the broader picture is about tectonic movemen

Asia Watch: Stormy Seas Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

As elsewhere, the Israeli military confrontation of activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla's MV Mavi Marmara on May 31 put Israel at the centre of fiery rhetoric in Southeast Asia over recent weeks. In Indonesia, demonstrations were staged in Jakarta and regional cities over several days.

Scribblings: Listening to Abbas Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

It is worth noting one more thing that Abbas said in Washington, not to the Jewish leaders this time to but to President Obama. According to Haaretz (June 13), he reportedly told the President he is opposed to lifting the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip because this would bolster Hamas. Analysts ha


Editorial: The Truth About Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Turkey     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There could be few greater blows to peace hopes than an unconditional lifting of the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of Gaza. Empowered by Iranian funds, expertise and armaments, Hamas would become much better able to take on both Israel and the PA, with its reputation vastly enhanced. Hezbollah in no

Israel's Gaza Flotilla Inquiry Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Turkey, Updates    

This Update focuses on some of the details of the Israeli decision to appoint an independent public Commission of Inquiry to look into the events of May 31, when 9 Turkish citizens were killed in a clash at sea as Israeli forces attempted to halt six ships running the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Of Blockades and Blockheads Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

Why are supposed human rights activists so quick to attack Israel but never make a squeak against the anti-peace Hamas regime that persecutes women, Christians and homosexuals? Why does the Gaza flotilla bloodshed automatically cancel out the moral and legal imperative of maintaining Israel and Egyp

Blockade will end when Hamas wants peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

If Israel is forced to lift the blockade, the unintended result will be the death of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. If Hamas "beats" Israel and successfully arms like Hezbollah, ordinary Palestinians will believe violence (the Hamas path) is better than negotiations (the Fatah path). Fatah w

The Truth Teller Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

The current proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are premature and risk precipitating a third intifada for which the Jewish state will be blamed while Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah become the main beneficiaries, warns Arab Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

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Flotilla sailed for confrontation, not for aid Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

Israel told flotilla organisers the aid could be transferred across the Gaza-Israel land border. (It still will be.) The flotilla could also have co-operated with Egypt or the UN in order to help Palestinians, but refused to do so. Helping Palestinians wasn't its goal, confronting Israel was.

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