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The Gaza War as seen from Southeast Asia

January 4, 2024 | Colin Rubenstein, Michael Shannon

The Hamas onslaught upon Israel on October 7 and the resulting military response by Israel prompted a wide range of responses across Southeast Asia.

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The UN’s disgraceful response to Hamas massacre can’t go unchallenged

December 27, 2023 | Justin Amler

It should have been the easiest thing in the world to do — for the United Nations to unequivocally condemn the brutal and unprovoked Hamas terror attack that killed 1,200 Israelis, and led to the capture of more than 200.

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No ceasefire can work unless Hamas disarms

December 19, 2023 | Colin Rubenstein

It should be obvious that the only way to achieve any such sustainable outcome is for the military pressure on Hamas to continue until it capitulates. Voting in favour of an UNGA resolution calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” with no conditions on Hamas doesn’t advance Australian interests for such a “sustainable ceasefire”. It works against it.

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Dismantling Hamas is vital to any hopes of Middle East peace

December 17, 2023 | Oved Lobel

Australia’s foreign policy goals can best be served by searching for ways to make sure the current Gaza war will end with Hamas’ rule dismantled rather than seeking to legitimise or strengthen Hamas in the utterly misguided hope it can somehow be moderated and converted into a genuine peace partner.

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A one-state Israel-Palestine solution is a bad and dangerous idea

December 9, 2023 | Paul Rubenstein

Australian newspapers have published various articles calling for a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which would supposedly fulfil the rights of both Jews and Palestinians. Let us pause there and note this is actually advocating dismantling the sovereign State of Israel, a member state of the United Nations for 75 years… This raises so many alarm bells for Jewish people like me it is hard to know where to start.

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The conflict between Israel and Hamas will continue to divide us, unless we risk face-to-face discussion

December 5, 2023 | Ran Porat

When I had to teach classes a few days after the 7 October Hamas massacre of Israeli civilians living next to the Gaza Strip, I did not want to go to the university. I knew people who had lost loved ones — children, brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers — in the slaughter.

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A powerless Hamas is the only way this war will end

November 30, 2023 | Colin Rubenstein

An immediate, permanent ceasefire would therefore cost, not protect, innocent lives in the longer term. It would only defer those casualties until Hamas’ promised future rounds of warfare.

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A permanent ceasefire now would be a victory for Hamas

November 29, 2023 | Justin Amler

A permanent ceasefire would be a terrible idea, at least for the time being. It would not end the conflict but prolong it. It would end up costing more lives, because it would effectively mean Hamas survives, and no longer has to fear Israeli action to prevent it repeating its attacks.

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Misguided claims underpin journalists’ anti-Israel open letter – Colin Rubenstein on Sky News

November 28, 2023

Sky News’ Chris Kenny interviews AIJAC’s Colin Rubenstein about journalists signing an anti-Israel open letter. 

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Hamas is using hospitals to commit “acts harmful to the enemy”

November 26, 2023 | Oved Lobel

When Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Israel must stop “attacking” hospitals, she is wrong as a factual, legal and moral matter. Israel is attacking Hamas, and Hamas, like the PLO before it, is using hospitals to commit acts harmful to the enemy. This forces Israel to act against these Hamas terrorists, even as it does everything required of it by international law, and more, to protect and aid civilians in the vicinity.  

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