Comment on elements of an Iran nuclear deal/ The collapse of Yemen

Comment on elements of an Iran nuclear deal/ The collapse of Yemen

March 27, 2015

This Update provides important analysis of potential problems, questions and complexities associated with the US-led effort to finalise a nuclear pact with Iran, with a “framework” agreement due by the end of this month. It also includes an important piece on the history and implications of recent developments in Yemen.

Letter: Palestinian intransigence

March 26, 2015 | Colin Rubenstein

Your editorial “Eight-state solution floated” (25/3), noted the Palestinian Authority stated in 2008 it would not accept a mini-state of cantons. However, that comment misrepresented what was being discussed. That year, Israel offered the Palestinians a contiguous state equal in size to the land in the West Bank, with a capital in East Jerusalem and a land bridge to Gaza. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas simply walked away…

Netanyahu confirms he never abandoned two-state vision

Netanyahu confirms he never abandoned two-state vision

March 20, 2015 | Ahron Shapiro

Following up on my blog of March 18, explaining how Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had been unfairly accused of dropping support for a two-state resolution, Netanyahu has confirmed in two post-election interviews that a two-state solution remains his longer-term goal, despite current obstacles.

Furthermore, AIJAC has located another pre-election interview where Netanyahu explained his current views on implementation of a two-state resolution. This further demonstrates that Netanyahu’s current denials do not constitute “backtracks” (as the New York Times has described them), but rather an attempt to correct the misrepresentation of his views in recent media reports.

More Post-Election Analysis from Israel

More Post-Election Analysis from Israel

March 20, 2015

Here is some more good analysis of the Israeli election on Tuesday and the unexpectedly strong win by incumbent PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. A good discussion of the possible coalition configurations suggested by this outcome comes from Ben Sales of the JTA. This Update features further analysis of the various aspects of this result.

More on the under-reported realities of Gaza's stalled reconstruction

More on the under-reported realities of Gaza’s stalled reconstruction

March 19, 2015 | Glen Falkenstein

European Union (EU) envoys met in early March with officials in both the Israeli foreign ministry and Palestinian Authority (PA) to advance Gaza reconstruction. The envoys reportedly indicated to the Israelis that positive moves had been made on their part to rebuild Gaza, and they also criticised the PA for its lack of progress and co-operation.

Letter: Israel Furphies

March 19, 2015 | Jamie Hyams

Tony Walker (“Israel poll threatens Labor peace” 14-15 March) perpetuates a myth about the Israeli/Palestinian dispute – that the Netanyahu government is “committed to an expansion of Jewish settlements.” In fact, settlements have not expanded beyond their geographic boundaries since 2004, and housing starts in settlements were 19% less in the five years of the Netanyahu government than in the five previous years…

Audio: Dr. Colin Rubenstein discusses the Israeli election result on Sydney radio 2GB

March 19, 2015

Dr. Colin Rubenstein discussed the Israeli election result with Steve Price and Andrew Bolt on Sydney radio 2GB on Wednesday March 18, 2015…

If anything

If anything, a weakening of the far-right in Israel

March 18, 2015 | Ahron Shapiro

SBS called it a “shift to the hard right“, but they’re dead wrong.

With over 99 percent of the vote counted, it is apparent that the shift that actually occurred in yesterday’s Israeli election was in the opposite direction – a move of many far-right voters towards the centre, along with an impressive climb in support for the now-united Arab parties and a decrease in support for the ultra-Orthodox parties as a result of the split in Shas. In fact, overall, the final tally bears a remarkable resemblance to the 2013 election, with the exception of these significant developments.

What did Netanyahu really say about a Palestinian state?

What did Netanyahu really say about a Palestinian state?

March 18, 2015 | Ahron Shapiro

It has been widely reported in Australia and elsewhere that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “ruled out” a Palestinian state in an interview with the Israeli website NRG on Monday. However, most reports have left out a crucial portion from the translation from the original Hebrew of Netanyahu’s remarks which would better explain his true position.

Miriam Margolyes and Antisemitism

Miriam Margolyes and Antisemitism

March 18, 2015 | Glen Falkenstein

“It’s becoming a growing concern: who would ride with us, the Australian Jews? The answers I received that night were vague and left me wanting more.”

On Q&A on 2nd March, Journalism student Erin Gordon asked the panel “Who would ride with us, the Australian Jews,” pointing to a rise in antisemitic attacks and questioning why there had not been wider support to combat such hatred.

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