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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

Refugee return a poser for Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Adam Frey

Conventional wisdom holds that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict now is primarily a matter of borders and "occupation". But as Israelis celebrate their Independence Day and Palestinians' prepare to mourn their naqba ("catastrophe"), it's clear that the shadow of 1948 looms as large as that from 1967.

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Nuclear Revelations about Syria/ Israel-Syria negotiations? Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, International Security, Israel, Multimedia, Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on two recent developments vis a vis Syria. Firstly, according to the US CIA Director, what Israel destroyed in a mysterious airstrike in Syria last September was a plutonium producing nuclear reactor, capable of producing enough plutonium for one to two nuclear bombs per year, b

The time for peace has come Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Next week, Israel will mark the 60th anniversary of its founding. Israel's story in that time has been an amazing and inspiring one, a fact too often forgotten in the debate over terrorism and violence, peace plans and peace processes, accusation and counter-accusation.

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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

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.

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

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