Morally right to kill threats

June 23, 2006 | Bren Carlill

THE Arab-Israeli conflict rolls on, confusing as ever. Earlier this month Australian newspapers reported an impending reconciliation referendum for the Palestinian population. But after a family was killed last week on a Gaza beach, apparently by a Hamas mine (though Israel was blamed), the terrorist organisation cancelled a 15-month unilateral ceasefire and resumed attacks against Israel.

A war we dare not lose

June 10, 2006 | Chris Kenny

IN what we call the War on Terrorism, we should all empathise with the Israelis or, to be conspicuously even-handed, the Israelis and the Palestinians. These are the people at the epicentre of the global struggle of our time.

Hamas is new name for old desire to eliminate Israel

May 3, 2006 | Ted Lapkin

While open elections are a necessary component of democracy, they are not its be-all and end-all. Political liberty also requires freedom of speech and religious persuasion, equal rights for women and the guarantee that minority groups will enjoy the same legal privileges as the majority.

Cancer of the suicide bomber

April 26, 2006 | Bren Carlill

THOSE of us who have lost loved ones to cancer tend to grimace a little more empathetically when we hear of someone falling victim to the disease.

Brewing calamity

April 24, 2006 | Ted Lapkin

“The sole method we shall apply against Israel is total war, which will result in the extermination of Zionist existence.” Sound familiar? But these are not the genocidal rantings of crisis-present uttered by Iran’s Jew-hater in chief, President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad.

Israel seen as an asset

April 19, 2006 | Colin Rubenstein

IN his opinion piece on this page yesterday, Antony Loewenstein complains that an “Israeli lobby” in the US and Australia relentlessly campaigns to stifle pro-Palestinian voices through “intimidation and slander” (“Don’t let any lobby shut down debate”).

Israelis have voted to take control of their own destiny

March 31, 2006 | Colin Rubenstein

AS EXPECTED, Ehud Olmert, the leader of the Kadima party founded by Ariel Sharon last year, won a mandate to govern Israel in Tuesday’s election, albeit one smaller than predicted.

Israeli politics swings to the centre

March 30, 2006 | 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.

Middle course for Israel will be Sharon’s legacy

March 25, 2006 | Ted Lapkin

Even by the tempestuous standards of Middle East politics, it’s been one helluva year. Last August, Ariel Sharon upended decades of Israeli defence policy by implementing a withdrawal of forces and settlements from Gaza.

Why we must stop Iran

March 22, 2006 | Colin Rubenstein

UNITED States senator and former presidential candidate John McCain said recently: “There is only one thing worse than the US exercising a military option (against Iran), and that is a nuclear-armed Iran.”

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