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Head to Head Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Middle East    

In keeping with a long-standing pre-election tradition at the AIR, we sent a series of policy questions to the campaigns of both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, leading the Liberal/National coalition, and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, leading the Australian Labor Party. The questions focus on iss

From Ya'alon to Lieberman

From Ya'alon to Lieberman Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Nine of incoming Defence Minister Lieberman's sixteen predecessors were retired generals, a background that, rather than easing their path, frequently caused disharmony.

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68 Years Young

68 Years Young Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This year Israel celebrates its 68th birthday - with much to be proud of. Israel's existence is the realisation of the self-determination of the Jewish people in their ancient homeland. Israel has provided a safe-haven for Jews fleeing antisemitism, including for Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, a

Israel's push for productive solutions

Israel's push for productive solutions Categories: Anti-Zionism, Asia, Europe, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

THE Lebanese branch of the anti-Israel boycott movement has demanded that country's government ban the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because, in the movie, Wonder Woman is played by the Israeli actor Gal Gadot. Worldwide, the film has box office takings of over $1.2 billion. Many people -

Vale to French PM Valls’ efforts to combat French antisemitism?

Vale to French PM Valls’ efforts to combat French antisemitism? Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

This week's surprise visit to Australia by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the wake of his country winning a $50 billion contract to build our next generation of submarines is a sign that the Franco-Australian relationship is at a high watermark. But sadly, the Franco-Israel relationship is we

Noted and Quoted - May 2016 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

The Age editorialised (March 28), following Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's visit to Australia in mid-March, that Australia and Iran "do not, and will not in the near future, see eye to eye on matters of human rights." The paper attacked Zarif's "hypocrisy about human rights" calling it "bre

Islands of Stability?

Islands of Stability? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia     Author: Eran Lerman & Joshua Teitelbaum

Having played a major role in sustaining the present Egyptian regime against political and economic challenges, the Saudis were now in a position to finalise the restoration of their sovereignty over the islands, control of which they had ceded to Egypt back in 1949 in the context of the latter's be

Essay: Could the 1948 war have been avoided?

Essay: Could the 1948 war have been avoided? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Matthias Küntzel

On 29 November 1947 over two-thirds of the United Nations membership voted in favour of General Assembly Resolution 181 proposing a partition of Palestine: 56% of the mandate territory was assigned to a Jewish state and 43% to an Arab state, with Jerusalem under international administration. The Jew

Celebrating Terrorism, Palestinian Style

Celebrating Terrorism, Palestinian Style Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Shortly after the Jerusalem bus terror explosion attack on April 18, a number of Palestinian factions rushed to issue statements applauding the "heroic operation" and urging Palestinians to pursue the path of armed struggle against Israel. The Palestinian jubilation over the terror attack, the firs

Europe Europa: Jihad Jitters

Europe Europa: Jihad Jitters Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

For while Europeans are quick to differentiate between terrorists who strike within their borders and "militants" who strike in Israel, Israelis understand the fundamental nature of terrorism: whether it occurs in Europe or in Israel, it is essentially designed to visit indiscriminate death and dest

Biblio File: The “One State” Delusion

Biblio File: The “One State” Delusion Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Einat Wilf

If Jews and Arabs are to exist peacefully and achieve justice in the framework of a single democratic state, as proposed by Perry Anderson, the acceptance by both peoples of the equality of the other, both as collectives and as individuals, is a necessary condition. If Jews and Arabs are to draft a

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