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Australia has been a good friend to Israel

Australia has been a good friend to Israel Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Mark Leibler

Australia has been a good friend to Israel since before the establishment of the Jewish state. The friendship has transcended partisan politics, and been enhanced and promoted by successive leaders of both nations. Against this conducive backdrop, last week's historic first visit by Prime Minister

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Bibi's visit and the ties that bind

Bibi's visit and the ties that bind Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

AS Australia prepares to welcome the first ever visit by an Israeli Prime Minister, cooperation and dialogue between our two nations have never been stronger. It's a record of friendship over a hundred years that few countries can match - marked by shared democratic and egalitarian values, common c

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End the Madness over Jerusalem

End the Madness over Jerusalem Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The City of Jerusalem, holy to the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths, is known to cause its own particular kind of madness. About 50 foreign visitors to the city a year experience what is known as "Jerusalem Syndrome" - psychotic delusions that they are biblical figures or harbingers of Armageddo

Free speech warriors are missing the point about 18C

Free speech warriors are missing the point about 18C Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Clause 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has recently been subject to intense criticism on ideological grounds, but many opponents misrepresent the actual operation of the Act. These efforts have been overwhelmingly rejected by a broad cross-section of Australia's diverse communities - reflected

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable Categories: Australasia, Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Diverting humanitarian aid is despicable. Diverting it to a militant organisation that carries out attacks against civilians is simply evil. It is now common knowledge that Hamas - the designated terrorist organisation which rules the Gaza Strip - has for years been diverting cement and other mater

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 -

The Sanders Middle East mirage

The Sanders Middle East mirage Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democrat nomination for president of the United States has excited many pro-Palestinian activists. Even academic Amin Saikal ("Bernie Sanders dares to challenge Israel", Times2, April 20, p5) has jumped on the bandwagon. This Sanders euphoria is based on few

Don't Be Fooled by Iranian Minister's Charm Offensive

Don't Be Fooled by Iranian Minister's Charm Offensive Categories: Australasia, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Australia recently hosted Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Islamic Republic's urbane and seemingly moderate face. However, charm and a lovely accent do not make someone a moderate. In fact analysis of his various comments while here reveals much about the unchanged nature of Ira

Iranian election shows hoped-for moderation a pipe dream

Iranian election shows hoped-for moderation a pipe dream Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In elections on Feb. 26, Iran is set to choose a new Majlis, or parliament, as well as the "Assembly of Experts" - a body of religious scholars whose main job is to choose the Supreme Leader - currently 76-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. However, hopes that last July's nuclear deal - officially i

Vigilance, not misplaced enthusiasm, needed in the wake of Iran deal implementation

Vigilance, not misplaced enthusiasm, needed in the wake of Iran deal implementation Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It's important to remember that the steps Iran has taken in order to have the sanctions removed do not represent the dismantling of Iran's nuclear program but only a partial rollback​ of certain aspects of it and mothballing​ or disconnecting other enrichment hardware. This means that, moving forwar

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Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

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