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Israeli politics swings to the centre Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Ted Lapkin

A WISE man once counselled me to avoid the business of making predictions -- especially if they had anything to do with the future. And as the dust begins to settle from Israel's parliamentary elections, enough surprises have emerged to validate the wisdom of that advice.

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Editorial: What To Do About Hamas Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

One of the curious things about Hamas' stunning victory in January's Palestinian legislative election was that opinion polls all consistently showed a narrow to substantive win for the ruling Fatah party.

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Everything but the truth Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Ted Lapkin

Last December, I received an invitation to attend a free preview screening of Steven Spielberg's new film, Munich. My shorthand reaction to the movie is that it was worth every penny that I paid to see it. But given Spielberg's moral ambitions for this flick, as well as the splash it is making in t

A Tale of Two Agencies Categories: International Security, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: External author

The plight of the Palestinian refugees is, at first glance, fairly surprising. Whereas the rest of the world?s refugees are the concern of the UNHCR, the Palestinians are the sole group of refugees with a UN agency dedicated exclusively to their care: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRW

Filling the Void Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Herzog

On September 12, the last departing Israeli forces closed the gates of Gaza behind them, followed by a salvo of Palestinian rockets aimed at southern Israel. In the unsettled aftermath of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank, only one camp seems clearly to know whe

Editorial: Disengagement Disappointments Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Israel's disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank carries the potential to relaunch peace talks with the Palestinians and create the core of a larger Palestinian state. Israeli PM Ariel Sharon clearly implied as much at the UN on Sept. 15. However, Palestinian behaviour in recent weeks mak

Scribblings: Bad Poetry Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Are the Palestinians going to seize the opportunity created by disengagement to advance toward their national goals by demonstrating that they are a responsible peace partner? If there are going to be further peace negotiations, the Palestinians are going to have to create a viable polity that featu

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Bad Information Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: External author

A wave of journalists from around the world descended upon Israel to cover the evacuation of the Gaza settlements. The last time a media event of this scale took place in Israel was April 2002, when the IDF entered West Bank cites, including the city of Jenin, following 18 months of Palestinian terr

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