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An Israeli-Palestinian agenda for Obama Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Adam Frey

Before his inauguration, US President Barack Obama promised that his administration would be engaged in the Middle East peace process from "day one". Because he is venerated in Europe and the Arab world for being perceived as fundamentally different from previous President George W. Bush, but has al

Teheran's Gaza Gambit Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

Behind the scenes in the war between Hamas and Israel, there was a party playing a key role that aspires to be the big winner in the fighting - Iran. As in the Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah, Iran is gaining precious time to promote the leading strategic goal of its policy in recent

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Cracks in Hamas Categories: Islamic Extremism, Palestinians     Author: Ehud Ya’ari

Hamas has the ability to rehabilitate itself and this should not be taken lightly. But this time it will be hard to mollify Palestinian public opinion. There is no enthusiasm for Hamas' period in power; its fighting prowess has hardly inspired awe, and there is no longer any faith in its leaders.

After the Gaza storm Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Having Hamas as a neighbour is like living next door to a serial killer who abuses his children and threatens to kill them if you go in after him. You can defend yourself but if the police won't arrest him the only choices left are to build a wall around him, stop him from getting weapons, and send

Scribblings: A notable absence Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Israel bombed at least six mosques during the first week of its Gaza campaign. The silence about this has been pretty deafening. Why? Because it was absolutely clear that Hamas was caught red-handed using mosques as weapons storage centres and military command centres.

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Hamas has absolutely no interest in peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Much attention will surely be focused on the tragic incident at the school in Jabaliya, Gaza, which was caused when Israeli forces responded to Hamas mortars being fired from there. But we cannot lose sight of the historical realities that remain important to understanding the current fighting and p

Hypocrisy and the war in Gaza Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

There has been a lot of hypocrisy in commentary about the current Hamas-Israeli violence. About 700 Palestinians - mostly Hamas combatants - have died since December 27, which is when most people think this conflict started. More people than that died in a shorter period of time when violence flared

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