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US cuts funds to the Palestinian Authority over its "pay to slay": Should Australia follow suit?

US cuts funds to the Palestinian Authority over its "pay to slay": Should Australia follow suit? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The US Congress officially passed the Taylor Force Act on March 23, which requires that the US halt its funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the latter refuses to end its "martyr" compensation scheme, which provides lifetime monthly stipends to convicted terrorists relative to their sentence

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The Tillerson sacking and US policy toward Iran

The Tillerson sacking and US policy toward Iran Categories: Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

US President Donald Trump has fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, indicating that his decision was partly based on disagreements with Tillerson over the future of the Iran nuclear deal. Trump is nominating CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson. Pompeo is known to share Trump's criti

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This weekend's Israeli-Iranian clashes in Syria

This weekend's Israeli-Iranian clashes in Syria Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates    

As readers will be hopefully aware, there was a major escalation in the undeclared conflict between Israel and Iran over Syria on Saturday. An Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace and was then shot down, (video of the drone being shot down can be seen here); then Israel attacked the drone's contro

Israel's air campaign in the Sinai

Israel's air campaign in the Sinai Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update deals with the alleged revelation, reported in the New York Times over the weekend, that Israel has secretly been conducting extensive airstrikes against ISIS-linked Islamic militants in Sinai over the past two years, with the agreement and cooperation of the Egyptian government.

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