Cast out terror TV

September 12, 2008 | Colin Rubenstein

HEZBOLLAH’S terrorist television station is once again being beamed into Australia. Al-Manar, translated as “the beacon”, has been called more accurately a beacon of hatred and violence. It is to be hoped that the Rudd Government and the Australian Communications and Media Authority are doing everything in their power to block the station.

World must act to stop Iran’s bomb

August 26, 2008 | Colin Rubenstein

Enhanced sanctions are now necessary to bring Iran in line with legally binding UN resolutions and avert the spectre of a nuclear-armed Iran profoundly destabilising the Middle East.

Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is the issue

July 24, 2008 | Colin Rubenstein

IN the nuclear crisis with Iran, the focus of the international community must be to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state, full stop. It is cavalier and dangerous to assume that we can “manage” the threats from a nuclear armed Iran by strategies such as deterrence.

Peace will elude us until Arab world accepts the reality of Israel

July 12, 2008 | Bren Carlill

The reason Israeli-Palestinian peace seems so elusive is one of simple rejectionism. Much of the Palestinian and wider Arab elite still fundamentally reject Israel’s right to exist.

Don’t downplay the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran

July 7, 2008 | Colin Rubenstein

THERE is international consensus that Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions pose a real and significant threat. Since 2003, the UN Security Council has passed three legally binding resolutions calling on Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment activities, while Britain, France and Germany have led negotiations with Iran to bring a halt to its nuclear program.

Myth busting

June 10, 2008 | 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.

Hard-nosed leader goes soft on Hamas

May 17, 2008 | 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 settlement building, and the main solution is direct Israeli talks with Hamas.

Yet Israel is not building any new West Bank settlements, and has not for many years. The current controversy involves a few hundred apartments within a few existing settlements, taking no additional land. It is absurd to see these few homes as the principal roadblock. After all, Israel withdrew all settlements from Gaza in 2005 and has been rewarded with rocket attacks.

 

As Israel turns 60, Jews rejoice and Arabs are in mourning

May 10, 2008 | Bren Carlill

Last week, Israelis marked Yom ha-Atzma’ut (Independence Day), celebrating 60 years since the establishment of their country and the survival of a war aimed at preventing this. Palestinians are marking 60 years since al-Naqba (the Catastrophe), mourning the same thing.

Refugee return a poser for Israel

May 7, 2008 | Adam Frey

Conventional wisdom holds that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict now is primarily a matter of borders and “occupation”. But as Israelis celebrate their Independence Day and Palestinians’ prepare to mourn their naqba (“catastrophe”), it’s clear that the shadow of 1948 looms as large as that from 1967.

The time for peace has come

April 29, 2008 | Colin Rubenstein

Next week, Israel will mark the 60th anniversary of its founding. Israel’s story in that time has been an amazing and inspiring one, a fact too often forgotten in the debate over terrorism and violence, peace plans and peace processes, accusation and counter-accusation.

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