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Truce and Consequences Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

The ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas is a testament to the success of Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip according to Nimrod Barkan, head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Centre for Policy Research.

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Hamas' post-ceasefire strategy Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features two pieces dealing with Hamas' strategy now that a ceasefire has been declared. First up is the always uniquely tuned-in Ehud Yaari arguing, based on his incomparable sources on the Palestinian side, that Hamas wants the ceasefire to last and will likely seek to extend it even b

The Gaza Ceasefire Updated Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update covers the week since the Gaza ceasefire, which has been marked by a lack of fire ceasing. Islamic Jihad fired three rockets into Israel from Gaza five days after the ceasefire went into effect. It said the attack was in response to an Israeli strike on an Islamic Jihad target in the

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Myth busting Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Bren Carlill

It's time to debunk some myths. Israel did not replace or destroy any country. It did not prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. The Palestinian refugee crisis occurred because of the actions of Palestinian and other Arab fighters.

1948 Revisited - The true story Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Efraim Karsh

Far from being the hapless objects of a predatory Zionist assault, it was Palestinian Arab leaders who from the early 1920s onward, and very much against the wishes of their own constituents, launched a relentless campaign to obliterate the Jewish national revival.

Asia Watch: Mixed Messages Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

There were, as usual, some mixed signals from Indonesia as Israelis and Palestinians alike paused to consider 60 years of the Jewish state. The lead negative item was an international anti-Zionist conference at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, held to coincide with the anniversary ce

Editorial: The Past and the Future Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last month, Israel celebrated its 60th anniversary while Palestinians mourned the same event as their "naqba" (catastrophe). The duelling commemorations prompted considerable media commentary, some of which provided highly distorted views of Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians. It's time t

Hard-nosed leader goes soft on Hamas Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Mark Leibler

MALCOLM Fraser's opinion piece in last Saturday's Age was marred by contradictions, factual errors and a naivete about world events inconsistent with the hard-nosed, realistic prime minister I knew in the 1970s and '80s. Mr Fraser implied that the problem in the Middle East is principally Israeli s

1948 Revisited Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Israel's 60th Anniversary celebrations led to much comment on the real circumstances of 1948, and especially the causes of the Palestinian refugees from that war. Below are three good comments on that history from prominent Israeli academics.

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