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Israeli Secrets of Longevity

Israeli Secrets of Longevity Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Updates    

Israel was home to the world's oldest living man, Israel Kristal, who passed away on Friday August 11 aged 113 years and 330 days. Mr Kristal was a Holocaust survivor who was born in Poland on 15 September 1903.  The secret to Mr Kristal's longevity is a mystery - but it could possibly be Israel itself. Despite the hardships faced by Israelis, life expectancy in Israel is one of the highest in the world.

 

North Korea's ICBMs and Iran's Nuclear Program

North Korea's ICBMs and Iran's Nuclear Program Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Updates    

In the wake of the North Korean ICBM tests in the final days of July  - and the escalating international crisis over North Korea's provocations, with US President Trump again warning of "fire and fury" yesterday, while reports say North Korea has created miniature nuclear warheads that can fit on missiles - this Update features articles linking the current Korean crisis to the ongoing problem of stopping Iran from acquiring similar nuclear capabilities. It also includes an important piece on the policy difficulties of confronting Iran's regional expansionist efforts.

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AIJAC congratulates South Australian Legislative Council's positive resolution on Israeli-Palestinian peace
SA Parliamentary Friends of Israel meeting with Dr. Colin Rubenstein, Dr. Eran Lerman and Norman Schueler (far right)

AIJAC congratulates South Australian Legislative Council's positive resolution on Israeli-Palestinian peace Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases, Palestinians    

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) today congratulated South Australia's Legislative Council on passing a "sensible and constructive" resolution on promoting Middle East peace.

Essay: The Myths of 1953

Essay: The Myths of 1953 Author: Ray Takeyh Categories: Iran, United States    

William Faulkner once mused that the past is never dead, in fact it's not even past. The story of the coup that toppled Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq in 1953 may not be dead, but it is unhinged from history. Tall tales by a scion of the American establishment - former CIA agent and presidential grandson Kermit Roosevelt - and reams of studies by left-wing professors have sustained the myth that the Eisenhower Administration ousted Mossadeq.

Noted and Quoted - August 2017

Noted and Quoted - August 2017 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

Over many years of Australian "60 Minutes" (Nine Network) reporting on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, truth and context have generally been in short supply.

Its June 25 episode was a typical morass of misrepresentation and manipulation - centered upon reporter Liam Bartlett's message that "Israel's continuing provocation" of settlement building and its "ongoing land grab" is creating "more hate, more violence, more death".

Behind the News - August 2017
Iranian oil tankers are turning off their tracking equipment

Behind the News - August 2017 Categories: Egypt, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria    

Concerns have been raised regarding Iranian sanctions evasion after an investigation into ships carrying Iranian oil exports found many of them either turned off their tracking equipment or gave misleading information regarding the vessel's origin. Pottengal Mukundan from the International Maritime Bureau explained, "this tactic can be used to hide genuine details of a voyage so as to enable the breach of sanctions."

Europa Europa: Rock Star President
Body language: Macron and Netanyahu

Europa Europa: Rock Star President Author: Douglas Davis Categories: Europe, Israel    

Macron had another message for the 800 people, including Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who attended the ceremony near the Eiffel Tower: "We will never surrender to the expressions of hatred," said Macron "we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of antisemitism."

How to Stop Paying for Palestinian Terrorism
Palestinian “martyrs” are not only lionised in posters, but their families receive financial support

How to Stop Paying for Palestinian Terrorism Author: Sander Gerber and Noah Pollak Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, United States    

The US Congress, through a bill called the Taylor Force Act, is attempting to address a serious problem that has gone unchecked for decades: The Palestinian Authority (PA) is using Western aid money to pay salaries and benefits to terrorists and their families, including to terrorists who have killed Americans.

Asia Watch: Irregular regulation
Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia: A swelling Islamist presence targeted in new legal moves

Asia Watch: Irregular regulation Author: Michael Shannon Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism    

In signing a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) that gave the state power to officially ban Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has made a bold and politically risky move to counter the rise of Islamist groups that spearheaded the political and legal downfall of Jokowi's protégé, former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism

In Israel, as anywhere, objectivity, balance, multiple voices are critical to credible journalism Author: Mark Leibler Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds    

Former Middle East correspondent for The Australian John Lyons is right that objectivity doesn't come easy when reporting from Israel (Media, 31/7).

His explanation for the claim, however, is not that information is harder to obtain in a conflict zone or that agendas are often opaque, but that Lyons says he found it hard to do his job because the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council called him out because it believed his ­reporting often lacked objectivity.

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Praise from a Palestinian PM
Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz open a new substation under the new energy agreement

Praise from a Palestinian PM Author: Eran Lerman Categories: Israel, Palestinians    

Within recent weeks, interactions between Israel and the PA at the ministerial level have offered proof of the value of current Israeli strategy towards the Palestinian population. First came the positive meeting between PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, during which the former offered uncharacteristic praise of Israel's measured response to the wave of violence...

The Match between India and Israel

The Match between India and Israel Author: Jonathan Spyer Categories: India, Israel    

The recent two-day visit of Narendra Modi to Israel, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister, has been depicted as heralding a new strategic partnership between New Delhi and Jerusalem. Indeed, simply by taking place at all, it represented an upgrade of the relationship.

Scribblings: The other story of Ziv Hospital

Scribblings: The other story of Ziv Hospital Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Israel, Syria    

Ziv Hospital is of international interest primarily because it has been the major site at which wounded Syrians, who cross the Golan border fleeing the Syrian civil war, are given medical treatment in Israel. While today other hospitals are taking up more of the burden of these patients, Ziv remains the closest hospital to the Syrian border, only 35 kilometres away...

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What's behind two weeks of Temple Mount violence?

What's behind two weeks of Temple Mount violence? Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates    

Two weeks of unrest over Jerusalem's Temple Mount - which left six Palestinians and three Jews dead - seems to have quietened down, with Jews able to visit Jerusalem's Old city and Temple Mount yesterday for the Jewish fast day of Tisha B'Av. However, this follows considerable violence on Thursday and Friday even after Israel agreed to remove all the security measures from around the site which had been the claimed justification for the unrest.