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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On November 22, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop received the "Torch of Learning" award from Australian Friends of Hebrew University in Sydney. On accepting the award, Ms Bishop delivered a strong speech in which she said, "Tonight, in accepting the Torch of Learning Award, I commit anew to the powerf

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Israeli innovation inspiring Australians

Israeli innovation inspiring Australians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

"Innovation" is a centrepiece of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's agenda for Australia - and the government is looking to Israel for inspiration. At the forefront of planning this agenda is Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, who together with Robogals founder and 2012 Young Au

The Israeli Consensus for Peace is Rabin's Legacy

The Israeli Consensus for Peace is Rabin's Legacy Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Allon Lee

It remains the most traumatic day in recent Israeli history. Yitzhak Rabin, as Chief of Staff, had saved Israel at its darkest hour in 1967. He had served with distinction in the War of Independence and opened the road to besieged Jerusalem. He was assassinated by an extremist who saw him not as a

Adopting Out

Adopting Out Categories: International Security, Iran, Middle East     Author: Michael Makovsky

Sunday, October 18, wasn't just a day of baseball playoffs and football games. It was "Adoption Day," when all parties to the Iran nuclear deal must have begun preparing to implement its terms. And while the Obama Administration took another opportunity to pat itself on the back for its achievement,

90 years of Al-Aqsa incitement

90 years of Al-Aqsa incitement Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Petra Marquardt-Bigman

You may think, that almost 90 years ago, rumours of threats to Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock due to evil "Zionist" plots to rebuild the Jewish Temple there would have been dismissed as ridiculous. After all, the Zionists of the 1920s were mostly secular, lacking both the motivation and the means,

The ISIS ‘Whitewash'

The ISIS ‘Whitewash' Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

A side result of the horrors perpetrated by IS is the whitewashing of the crimes of totalitarian regimes and other terrorist groups, who have brutally murdered thousands around the world even before IS was created, and continue to do so today.

Biblio File: Masters of Their Own Fate Categories: Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Joshua Muravchik

Karsh challenges the received wisdom... among Western commentators and leaders that the agonies of the Middle East are traceable to the rough handling of the region by the Western powers - first European colonialists, then American cold warriors.

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Noted and Quoted - November 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Abdolhossein Vahaji, Iran's Ambassador to Australia, told Fairfax's David Wroe (Sept. 12) his country supports the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad because without him "the situation is going to be worse...who is going to take over?...ISIS is going to take over." Wroe sensibly noted, "the regime h

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