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    Book Review – Seth Anziska’s ‘Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo’

Book Review – Seth Anziska’s ‘Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo’

by Ian Black
The idea of self-rule or autonomy for the Palestinians first appeared in the Camp David peace talks between Menachem Begin’s Israel and Anwar Sadat’s Egypt in 1978. Forty years on, an independent, sovereign Palestinian state has still not been created, in part because that concept of limited autonomy still casts a long shadow. Seth Anziska’s meticulously-researched tome is an […]

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    Saudi Signals Clarify Prospects for Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

Saudi Signals Clarify Prospects for Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

by Ian Black

It may not have been very surprising but it was nevertheless an unusually clear and unmissable signal. King Salman of Saudi Arabia has sent out a message about a highly sensitive issue: The Kingdom will not go along with Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ to resolve the Israel­–Palestine conflict. It refuses to accept the US recognition […]

Hamas’ Coming of Age

by Yash Karunakaran

During the March of Return demonstrations, 22 Palestinian civilians were shot and killed by Israeli soldiers near the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel. While this may be me a far cry from the 2,200 people left dead during the 2014 50-day conflict, this latest bloodshed is different insofar as it involved the shooting of unarmed […]

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    Israelis look to the Arabian Gulf to do business (and more…) with their enemies’ enemies…

Israelis look to the Arabian Gulf to do business (and more…) with their enemies’ enemies…

by Ian Black

Lurid posters praising Donald Trump are still on display in Jerusalem – thanking the president for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the city’s Talpiot neighbourhood. The building that used to be the American consulate is close to the old ‘green line’ border that separated Israel from the Jordanian West Bank until the 1967 war. […]

  • Permalink The IDF's 401 Armored Brigade operates near the Gaza border, 27 July 2014. Source: IDFGallery

    ‘Mowing the Grass’ and the Force/Casualty Tradeoff: Israel’s predictable response to the Gaza protests

‘Mowing the Grass’ and the Force/Casualty Tradeoff: Israel’s predictable response to the Gaza protests

by Ben Reiff

Gaza’s Great March of Return has lasted for over six weeks.

Israel’s military response – resulting in around 40 Palestinian deaths and some 5,000 injuries – has drawn international censure, though Israel claims to be responding to imminent threats to its security orchestrated by Hamas.

Far from an aberration, the only thing novel about the current clashes is their design. Examining Israeli military […]

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