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Europa Europa: Blowing Hot and Cold Categories: Europe, Israel     Author: Douglas Davis

Israel's 60th birthday produced a treasure trove of gifts from Europe. There was excited talk about the prospect of a strategic dialogue and more excitement about a business dialogue.

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Rome and Jerusalem Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The papacy of Pius XII represented a low point in the history of Catholic-Jewish relations, but several years after it ended, a theological rapprochement between Catholicism and Judaism ensued, eventually producing a political honeymoon between the Holy See and the Jewish state.

Europa Europa: Of Church, Mosque and State Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon     Author: Douglas Davis

The fact that Islamic courts are now functioning in Britain with full judicial authority should not have come as such a surprise. No less than the Archbishop of Canterbury - the highest-ranking member of the Anglican Church - had publicly conceded earlier this year that the establishment of Sharia l

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Alexander Downer speech to American Jewish Committee upon receiving the Ramer Award for Excellence in Diplomacy, Washington D.C. Categories: Australasia, Europe, International Jewry, Israel, Speeches, United States    

The Australian and American Jewish communities have a lot in common. In both cases Jews have found in our countries the peace and tolerance which was denied them over the centuries in Europe and the Middle East: but they have not only found freedom and tolerance in Australia and America, they have c

Europa Europa: The French Connection Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Douglas Davis

The French have given the world savoir faire and joi de vivre. But right now, as far as Israel is concerned, it's d?ja vu all over again. France and Israel were best buddies for almost 20 years after the Jewish state was founded in 1948. The French provided Israel with arms, planes, patrol boats and

Europa Europa: Ethnic Cleansers Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon     Author: Douglas Davis

If politicians are unable to think beyond the next election, it is not surprising that even their best intentions often produce unintended consequences. And, more often than not, those consequences serve only to exacerbate the problem.

The Sounds of Hate Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Islamic Extremism, Op-eds     Author: Allon Lee

The concern over controversial Croatian rock musician Marko Perkovic’s upcoming Australian tour may surprise some but it is understandable because of the serious allegations surrounding him. Overseas reports claim Perkovic, 42, is openly sympathetic to the World War Two Nazi-collaborationist

Europa Europa: Blaired Vision Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Douglas Davis

The tectonic plates are shifting in the Middle East. Shi'ites are challenging Sunnis; Saudis are squaring up to Iranians; Iraq is drifting inexorably towards fragmentation; Lebanon is sliding back into Syria's clutches; the Palestinians are in violent free-fall; major players in the region - galvani

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