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Time for world to renew its condemnation of Israeli settlement expansion

  • When, a little over five years ago, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that condemned unreservedly Israel’s settlement construction and expansion in the West Bank, while calling on both the Israelis and Palestinians to lower the flames of mutual incitement, it felt for a brief moment ...
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New Israeli government, same old settlements expansion

  • There is a general view, and not without considerable justification, that the new Israeli government formed only five months ago has brought change, and mainly for the better. After years of vitriolic populism from the school of thought(lessness) of Benjamin Netanyahu and his deviant disciples,...
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Moment of truth is coming for Iran nuclear deal

  • However one looks at the current diplomatic maneuvers between Tehran and the international community over Iran’s nuclear program, it is evident that they are edging closer to crunch time, forcing all sides to reveal their cards. One aspect essential to any negotiations but completely missing ...
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Common sense in short supply in Jerusalem

  • You have to feel a little sorry for the three-judge panel of the Israeli Supreme Court that is entrusted with the case of a Jewish settler organization’s atrocious attempt to evict Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. At the end of the da...
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New Israeli government brings more nuanced relations with EU

  • For a country that was under the spell of a single leader for more than a dozen years, Israel’s transition to a new government and leadership was bound to bring change in both substance and style. The visit by Yair Lapid, the alternate prime minister and foreign minister, to Brussels for talks ...
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International community has gone AWOL when it is needed most

  • In times like these, when violence breaks out between Israelis and Palestinians, the international community is tested as to whether notions such as maintaining peace, collective responsibility and the responsibility to protect mean anything beyond mere rhetoric. Thus far, the very people who n...
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A flare-up that has been simmering for decades

  • Dissect each and every action by both sides that have led to the current flare-up of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, and you will find a known and tragic pattern of behavior. However, this is one of the rare occasions when a series of triggers took place almost simultaneously, ...
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The Jerusalem powder keg has exploded

  • Not for the first time — and tragically probably not for the last time either — Jerusalem has become the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its ugliest and most violent manifestation, threatening also to ignite the rest of the West Bank, Gaza, and relations between Jews and Arabs ins...
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International recognition of Palestine would not be mere symbolism

  • Since the collapse of John Kerry’s peace initiative in 2014, the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians has entered a prolonged hibernation. Both the Israeli and Palestinian political systems are preoccupied with internal discord, and the international community has either lost int...
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Why Myanmar’s massacres shame the world

  • When representatives of all UN member states met in 2005 for the World Summit, billed at the time as the “largest gathering of world leaders in history,” and passed a resolution that set out the parameters for the Responsibility to Protect populations (R2P) from genocide, war crimes, crimes aga...
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