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From Tokyo to Tel Aviv Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's four-day visit to Japan in late February re-emphasised the increasingly warm and intimate ties developing between Israel and Japan in recent years. The growing warmth reflects interlocking economic synergies reinforced by more than a decade of practical Japanese support

Essay: A Distant Affinity Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Geopolitically, there is little reason to expect Australia and Israel to have any closer relationship than any other two states of a comparable size and similar distance from one another... But in reality, over the past 60 years the relationship has been at an entirely different level from any simil

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Only in their Dreams Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In a 60-year retrospective Israel's domestic challenges seem to have been even more daunting than its neighbours' hostility, and the way they were met even more impressive than Israel's military victories. In fact, Israel's domestic record makes it the post-colonial era's most - some say only - succ

Editorial: An Amazing 60 Years Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israel's story over the last 60 years has been an amazing and inspiring one. In the welter of debate over terrorism and violence, peace plans and peace processes, accusation and counter-accusation, it is easy to lose sight of what can only be regarded as a remarkable record.

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Managing the reality of Gaza Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update focuses again on the situation in Gaza, and especially on Israeli options for managing it, as well as the original responsibility for the admittedly very difficult situation of Gazans. First up, the always insightful Professor Barry Rubin looks again at Israel's various options for deali

Media Microscope: Latest from Ramsey Street Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Jamie Hyams

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Alan Ramsey has become known for writing his articles by quoting at length and endorsing those with whom he agrees - as well as for his vitriolic attacks on Israel. So the occasion of the parliamentary motion congratulating Israel on its 60th anniversary could not be

Left in the Lurch? Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It?s been sixteen years since Meretz's finest moment, when the party won a solid one-tenth of the electorate, as part of the Israeli Left?s most decisive electoral victory since the time of Golda Meir.

The Gaza Rocket War Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Dore Gold

Israel's ground incursion into the Gaza Strip that began on March 1, 2008 should not have triggered much international debate. After all, for more than seven years Palestinian terrorist organisations have been intentionally firing rockets indiscriminately against Israeli civilian targets, especially

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

Editorial: Gaza Cannot Be Ignored Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Late on the night of March 6, a Palestinian terrorist entered a Jerusalem yeshiva and unleashed a hail of bullets from a machine gun, killing eight Jewish students and wounding 11 others. The attack was the worst terrorist attack in a major Israeli city in two years.

Much to celebrate in Israel's 60 years Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As recognised in last week's bi-partisan federal parliametnary motion introduced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Israel's story over the last 60 years has been an amazing and inspiring one. Unfortunately, Israel's critics have used its conflict with the Palestinians to cast doubt on the legitimacy of

Iran and Israel / Iran and Iraq Categories: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update leads with an important new piece by the top Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi, in which he points out that the current Israeli conflict with Palestinian terror groups, and standoff with Hezbollah in Lebanon, can rightly be seen as a limited war with Iran.

Terrorism remains the problem Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

LATE on Thursday night a Palestinian terrorist killed eight Jewish students and wounded 11 others when he unleashed a hail of bullets inside a religious school in Jerusalem. It is the worst terrorist attack in a major Israel city in two years.

Gaza and Annapolis Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is back in the Middle East trying to get the Israel-PA talks, begun at Annapolis in November, restarted after the recent clashes in and around Gaza. This Update look at how the Gaza problem is hampering prospects in this area.

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