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Herb Keinon  |  Settlements

Despite considerable pressure from both the US and Egypt to continue the settlement construction moratorium for another three months, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s senior ministers, a forum known as the septet, decided this week not to extend the freeze.
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Ready, Aim, Seek Legal Council
Ariella Ringel Hoffman  |  International Law

In ongoing aftermath of Goldstone report, IDF assigns brigade commanders in field media advisors, humanitarian aid officers. Four generals give their perspectives, discuss media war embroiling Israel.
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Israel's Netanyahu offers regular talks with Abbas
CNN  |  Peace Process

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas one-on-one every two weeks to discuss "the agenda for a peace agreement."
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IDF General: 'No Justification for Gaza Aid Flotilla'
Anshel Pfeffer  |  Gaza Flotillas

IDF Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot tells Turkel Committee that Gazans have the goods needed to maintain basic lifestyle; says flotilla was intended to strengthen Hamas, not Gaza residents.
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Mandelblit: Gaza blockade is legal
Dan Izenberg  |  Gaza Flotillas

The maritime blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip is motivated strictly by security considerations and is in total compliance with international law, Military Advocate- General Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday told the panel investigating the May 31 flotilla incident.
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Enforce international law in Lebanon
Avi Beker  |  International Humanitarian Law

Two recent developments in Lebanon show the extent to which international law has become a double-edged sword in the regional quest for stability and in international efforts to fight terrorism.
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The Broken Link: What Peace Won't Fix
James Kirchick  |  Proportionality

Why is it that Israeli apartment construction in east Jerusalem, and not, say, the mass killing of Muslims in Sudan, stirs the hearts of the Arab world? One would have been hard-pressed to find much substantive coverage of that genocide in the Arab media, which is busy directing the attention of Arabs to the many small ways in which “crusader Zionists” and their American allies oppress Muslims.
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Goldstone committee head denies bias
Benjamin Weinthal  |  Gaza Fact-Finding Mission

The chairman of the UN committee responsible for following up on the findings of the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead acknowledged on Saturday that he had helped prepare an advisory opinion analyzing legal aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian issue in the 1990s, but said he could not recall whether he had done this work on behalf of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
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J’lem unlikely to cooperate with UNHRC
Tovah Lazaroff  |  International Law

Israel is unlikely to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council’s investigatory team to probe IDF activities aboard the Gaza-bound flotilla on May 31, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said.
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Palestinians in the Arab World: Why the Silence?
Khaled Abu Toameh  |  Human Rights

When was the last time the United Nations Security Council met to condemn an Arab government for its mistreatment of Palestinians? How come groups and individuals on university campuses in the US and Canada that call themselves "pro-Palestinian" remain silent when Jordan revokes the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians? The plight of Palestinians living in Arab countries in general, and Lebanon in particular, is one that is often ignored by the mainstream media in West.
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Libyan ship: We're going to Gaza
Associated Press  |  Flotilla

The aim of the Libyan backed aid ship the Amalthea remains to sail directly to Gaza. Aid vessel organizers say they won't be deterred by Israeli demands.
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Abbas: Israel Must Accept 1967 Borders
Khaled Abu Toameh  |  Peace Process

The Palestinians won't open direct negotiations with Israel unless progress is first made on the issues of borders and security, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell on Thursday in Ramallah. Abbas said there would be no progress in the peace process unless Israel recognized the June 4, 1967, lines as the future borders of a Palestinian state.
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Lebanon to UN: Israel will suffer consequences if our ships are attacked
Ha'aretz  |  “Occupation”

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Int’l Law Expert Dr. Robbie Sabel: IDF action in international waters legal
Robbie Sabel  |  Gaza Flotillas

Dr. Sabel explained that a state, in a time of conflict, can impose an embargo, and while it cannot carry out embargo activities in the territorial waters of a third party, it can carry out embargo activities in international waters.
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"We Are Not Done With Goldstone"
Ilan Evyatar and David Horovitz  |  International Law

Alan Dershowitz is balanced, poised, calculated and nuanced, but when it comes to Richard Goldstone, the Harvard Law professor and celebrated appellate lawyer loses his cool.
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