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Gaza's Ganglands Categories: Palestinians     Author: External author

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas hastily returned to Gaza following the funeral of Saudi King Fahd during the first week of August. Abbas intended to stay in Gaza for the next few weeks during the disengagement. He is facing difficult problems in Gaza that may determine his fate. Will he

Hamas Delusion Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: External author

The wishful thinking that has long characterised European diplomacy in the Middle East has made one of its periodic ocean crossings and regained a foothold in Washington. Reflecting their eagerness to see "progress" in relations between Palestinians and Israelis, some American officials have adopted

Scribblings: Total War Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

You may have read about the discouraging news that Israel captured a female suicide bomber trying to cross into Israel from Gaza on June 20. This is discouraging because the current "period of quiet" is fragile, and because no one (except some violent extremists) wants to see the renewal of violence

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The Other Evacuees Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Under Israel?s disengagement plan, set to begin in early September, four Jewish settlements in the northern West Bank are to be evacuated, after the withdrawal of 21 agricultural communities and one regional town in the Gaza Strip has been completed by the Jewish New Year, October 3, 2005.

The Evacuees Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Virtually everyone agrees that Israel?s evacuation of settlements in Gaza and the northern West Bank, scheduled to begin in early September, is going to be physically difficult, emotionally fraught and that a real risk of armed violence will be present. While majority Israeli opinion has generally f

The "Return" Returns Categories: Israel, Palestinians    

The "Return" Returns Retreat from a two-state solution By Ari Shavit I couldn?t see Mustafa Barghouti?s face. In the Tel Aviv studio leased by CNN in honour of May 15, there was no monitor on which I could see my opponent speaking from Ramallah. But the earphone transmitted the message loud and

Favourite Sons Categories: Israel, Palestinians    

Favourite Sons The Military in Israeli society By Edward Bernard Glick On the eve of Israel?s Six Day War of 1967, in which Israelis expected to suffer 10,000 dead, the novelist Moshe Shamir wrote: "Between us and death stands only Zahal. Only Zahal." (Zahal is the Hebrew acronym for the IDF, o


The Shadow of Hostilities Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: External author

The countdown to disengagement began after Ariel Sharon'?s victories in two decisive Knesset votes in early April - the passing of the budget and the dumping of the referendum bill. However, since then, too many people are behaving as if the last hurdles have already been overcome, and that the morn

The Opportunity Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: External author

After four-and-a-half years of terror and violence, the proverbial stars seem to be aligned for a new push for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Unlike his predecessor, the newly elected Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, stresses the importance of peaceful problem s

Editorial: The Long, Hot Summer Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

According to Jewish Rabbinic tradition, the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed as a result of sinat chinam (groundless hatred) between Jews. As the divide between supporters and opponents of the imminent disengagement from Gaza continues to grow, it would be well worth reminding the more impet

Editorial: Like a Sharm Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There is reason for cautious optimism that the recent Sharon-Abbas Summit at Sharm-el-Sheikh might spell the end of the four-year conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Elected Categories: Palestinians     Author: External author

In the January 9 election to succeed Yasser Arafat as Chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) emerged with a majority of 62%. About 75% of registered voters cast ballots.

Editorial: The Un-Arafat Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The month since the election of Mahmoud Abbas as President of the Palestinian Authority has been one of ups and downs as far as Israeli-Palestinian relations are concerned. The accession of Abbas to power in the wake of Yasser Arafat's death is the best chance for Middle East peace in years.

Books: Misreading Account Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: External author

Years ago, when Peter Rodgers was Australia's ambassador to Israel, I saw him address the Institute of International Affairs in Melbourne. This was the age of the peace process, when Yasser Arafat condemned terrorists applauded in his own media...

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Sharon-Bush Exchange of Letters - 2004 Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States    

Israel is committed to the peace process, and aspires to reach a mutual agreement on the basis of two states for two peoples, the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people, as part of the realisation of President [George W.] Bush's vision.

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