UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visits an UNRWA camp in Jordan.
Photo: UN Photos

Australia halves UNRWA funding

October 9, 2020 | Naomi Levin

The Australian Government has quietly halved its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).


Israel roils under COVID-19 second wave

October 7, 2020 | Ahron Shapiro

The state of Israel continues to grapple with a surging second wave of coronavirus infections that has set the country on edge, as different segments of Israeli society blame one another for the upsurge and argue about how best to deal with it.

Mahmoud Abbas implicitly acknowledges Palestinian failures in UN speech

October 2, 2020

Moustafa El-Lidawi

Blood libel from a contributor to Australian Arabic language site

September 30, 2020

1024px Israel Jordan Valley

Jordan Valley tale is all wet

September 18, 2020

Yasser Abu Hilala, former head of Al Jazeera

Former Al-Jazeera chief compiles “blacklist” of journalists who support Israel-UAE and Israel-Bahrain deal

September 17, 2020

The map Israeli PM Netanyahu presented on Tuesday as part of his video address to the UN General Assembly

Netanyahu exposes Hezbollah missile sites in Beirut

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump Administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran at the State Department in Washington on Sept. 21. (PATRICK SEMANSKY / POOL / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Sanctions “snapback” dispute regarding Iran

The Emirati, U.S. and Israeli flags are pictured attached to an airplane of Israel's El Al upon its arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates on Aug. 31. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel and UAE ready to sign normalisation deal

Israeli fighter jets fly over Tel Aviv for Independence Day celebrations

Deconstruction Zone: The prerequisite for peace is Israeli power

October 8, 2020 | Yossi Klein Halevi

Israeli power is driving this peace. In its fear of Iran and Turkey, both of which seek to dominate the Middle East, the Arab world is turning to Israel. 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: Peace deal “historic” but...

Europa Europa: The Real Arab Spring

October 8, 2020 | Douglas Davis

Europe applauded the historic normalisation deals between Israel and two Gulf states last month. But many European nations, still clutching their ancient, dog-eared Arabist script, were clapping with only one hand.

Longstanding taboos against urging peaceful relations with Israel have been well and truly broken, at least in the Persian Gulf

Arabs: Israel is not our enemy

October 7, 2020 | Khaled Abu Toameh

A growing number of Arabs, particularly those living in the Persian Gulf, say they finally understand that Israel is not the enemy of Muslims and Arabs… It is the direct result of the expansionist ambitions of Iran and Turkey in the Arab world and the feeling among Arabs that those two states pose the real threat to their national security.

Regular critics of Israel mostly fell silent on the Abraham Accords

Media Microscope: Arguing with Peace?

Oct 7, 2020

An Age article on the Jordan Valley was flooded with anti-Israel smears and distortions

Noted and Quoted – October 2020

Oct 6, 2020

Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein: Normalisation of relations between the UAE and Israel the "sovereign right" of the former

Asia Watch: True to form

Oct 6, 2020

Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia leader Ismail Al-Wahwah

The hateful rhetoric of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia 

Oct 6, 2020

The Intifada saw 130 suicide bombings, including dozens of bloody attacks on buses

Essay: Terror Wave that Reshaped the Nation

Oct 5, 2020

Executed wrestler Navid Afkari

A Wrestler’s Death and a Regime’s Future

Oct 5, 2020

The Arab League: No longer automatically backing the Palestinians

Behind the News – October 2020

Oct 5, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman: The Kingdom may be edging closer to recognising Israel

The Momentum of Peace

Oct 2, 2020

PLO leader Yasser Arafat: No longer an admired figure in Arab capitals

The Last Word: Paradigm Shifts

Oct 2, 2020