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A tragic day on Gaza's border

A tragic day on Gaza's border Categories: Hamas, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

Yesterday was the bloodiest day so far of the six weeks of Hamas-led violent protests along the Gaza border known as the "Great March of Return." In all, more than fifty Palestinians were killed - the exact numbers are still unclear - and many more wounded (according to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health), as a result of repeated efforts to breach the border fence at numerous points and other acts of violence, including several shooting attacks.

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Israel defies the odds to flourish

Israel defies the odds to flourish Author: Colin Rubenstein Categories: Israel, Op-eds    

Israel obviously still has many challenges, but its brave founders could never have anticipated the modern, vibrant state it has become in 70 years, and would undoubtedly be delighted with its many achievements.

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What we know about the major Israeli-Iranian exchange of fire in and around Syria overnight
Missile fire as seen from Damascus, Syria on May 10, 2018. Credit- OMAR SANADIKI/ REUTERS

What we know about the major Israeli-Iranian exchange of fire in and around Syria overnight Author: AIJAC staff Categories: Iran, Israel, Syria, Updates    

According to the Israeli military sources, in the early hours of Thursday (May 10), the Al-Quds forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired around 20 rockets from inside Syria at Israeli targets. The Iranians used MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems), possibly the Fajr 5, of either Iranian or Russian make....

The IDF responded very strongly, hitting a long list of Iranian targets deep inside Syria with airstrikes, in what Israeli officials defined as the largest in scale "since it signed on a disengagement agreement with Syria in May 1974"...

Former weapons inspectors: contrary to “nothing new” claims, Israel’s Iran revelations are actually a “jackpot”

Former weapons inspectors: contrary to “nothing new” claims, Israel’s Iran revelations are actually a “jackpot” Author: Tzvi Fleischer and AIJAC staff Categories: Iran, Israel, Updates    

In his declaration that the US would withdraw from the 2015 deal with Iran, aka The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), US President Donald Trump stated that the information about Iran that Israel uncovered in January and publicly revealed on April 30 is “conclusively showing the Iranian regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons.”

Lebanese Election Underscores That  “Hezbollah=Lebanon”

Lebanese Election Underscores That “Hezbollah=Lebanon” Author: Oved Lobel Categories: Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism    

Hezbollah acts as a "state with in a state," maintaining its own domestic security services and extremely powerful military forces and conducting its own, or rather Iran's, foreign policy. More problematically, it is also the kingmaker, the most powerful force in official Lebanese politics, and this election hasn't changed that reality; rather, it seems to have cemented it.

Bibi's revelations highlighted Iran deal's failings

Bibi's revelations highlighted Iran deal's failings Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, Op-eds    

ON April 30, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu revealed one of Israel's greatest intelligence coups - that it had obtained an entire archive of around 100,000 secret files on Iran's nuclear program.

According to media accounts, in January Israeli spies broke into a secret Tehran warehouse, stole the documents and brought them back to Israel the same night.

AIJAC welcomes US President Trump's announcement of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

AIJAC welcomes US President Trump's announcement of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal Categories: Iran, Media Releases, Middle East, United States    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council welcomes US President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, with the hope that this decision signals the beginning of a new era of negotiations and sustained diplomatic efforts to put into place new and better arrangements to thwart Iran's dangerous nuclear ambitions.

The Watchers on the Border

The Watchers on the Border Author: Yoav Zitun Categories: Hamas, Israel, Palestinians    

From an air-conditioned operations room with many big screens, the IDF's Gaza Division observers have been managing one of the more complex tasks the Southern Command has faced amid Hamas' border fence protests campaign over the recent weeks - identifying suspects coming near the border fence.

Biblio File: The Book of Binyamin
Netanyahu: Embodies the paradoxes of the country he leads

Biblio File: The Book of Binyamin Author: Daniella Greenbaum Categories: Israel    

Anshel Pfeffer's Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu dispassionately chronicles the many successes and failures that have so far characterised the personal and political life of Israel's charismatic yet divisive leader.

A stunning economic success story

A stunning economic success story Author: Amotz Asa-El Categories: Israel    

Israel's economic growth has been the fastest in the developed world so far this century. Public debt, at 59% of GDP, is lower than in Germany, Britain, France and the US. Inflation and unemployment, 0.4% and 4% respectively, are among the lowest in the world; the shekel is stronger than the dollar, the euro, and the pound...

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AIR New Zealand: Room for improvement
Israel is being increasingly delegitimised in New Zealand

AIR New Zealand: Room for improvement Author: Miriam Bell Categories: Australasia, Israel    

When talking to community representatives, the continuing importance of Israel to Jewish New Zealanders is inescapable. They cite deep-rooted religious and historic links, family connections, and growing business and academic interests as evidence of this. But they also see Israel as being an intrinsic part of the community's Jewish identity...

Asia Watch: Rematch looms
Prabowo: Likely to seek the presidency again, but needs coalition partners

Asia Watch: Rematch looms Author: Michael Shannon Categories: Asia    

There is a sense of déjà vu surrounding Indonesia's coming presidential election, which is now less than a year away - April 17, 2019. Incumbent President Joko Widodo will likely again face off against former army general, son-in-law of Suharto, wealthy businessman and perennial player Prabowo Subianto. Yet the ground has shifted repeatedly since their first presidential bout in 2015, with both political camps enjoying periods of ascendancy.

Celebrating 70 Years of Democracy and Debate
The Knesset arguably hosts the broadest debate of any parliament in the world

Celebrating 70 Years of Democracy and Debate Author: Einat Wilf with Shany Mor Categories: Israel    

Seventy years after declaring independence, Israel is (by one reckoning) the world's tenth oldest continuous democracy. It had universal suffrage from its first day - yes, Arab citizens too, and it has continued to operate without military coups, civil wars, or suspension of elections to this day, surviving even the assassination of a prime minister.

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Behind the News - May 2018
The palace formerly intended for Mahmoud Abbas

Behind the News - May 2018 Categories: Iran, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians    

A report published in late March 2018 about the Palestinian Authority (PA) exposed corruption at the highest levels. In its annual report, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity found widespread corruption and lack of transparency and accountability in the PA during 2017.

Media Microscope: Anti-Jew diligence
Rev. Stephen Sizer

Media Microscope: Anti-Jew diligence Author: Allon Lee Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

March/April felt like a turning point in the mainstream media reporting on the recrudescence in global antisemitism.

This year, with Passover and Good Friday - a date freighted with historic instances of anti-Jewish libels and violence - coinciding, ABC Radio National "Breakfast" (March 30) decided to run a program on Christian Zionism featuring high profile British antisemite Reverend Stephen Sizer.