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Power Projector

Hardly a week goes by without mention of the notorious commander of Iran’s overseas elite Quds Force, Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Media Microscope: Mike drops

Coverage of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Israeli civilian settlements on the West Bank was a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Last Word: Minority Reports

It also should go without saying that there is no place for anti-Jewish activity (or any other form of bigotry) in contemporary Australia. However, out of the many hundreds of millions of interactions between Jewish and non-Jewish Australians each year, some of them involve behaviour which is abhorrent and despicable. 

Succeeding Bibi?

The die is cast. One short, and seemingly technical, statement has launched the struggle for Binyamin Netanyahu’s political estate. 

Australia’s UNRWA Conundrum

The future of Australia’s decades-long commitment to UNRWA, a highly problematic UN-run agency, is currently being considered by the Federal Government. Now is the time to consider how best to use Australia’s foreign aid to progress peace between Palestinians and Israelis, and serve Palestinian humanitarian needs.

How Hezbollah neutralised UNIFIL

Following the Second Lebanon war in 2006 UNIFIL was expanded and its mandate redefined and enlarged... Thirteen years later it is clear that UNIFIL has failed miserably in fulfilling this mission.

Scribblings: Hamas interferes for Corbyn

New evidence from Britain shows that the Iranian-client Hamas linked to a pro-Corbyn activist group called the KhamakarPress, which has a website, a Facebook and Twitter presence, and a WhatsApp group. 

Why Israel’s quest for a unity government failed

The fact that a unity government did not eventuate was a result of a conflicting web of conditions that each major party placed on entering into such a partnership. Like an unsolvable logic exercise, every possible political combination led to a dead end.

Behind the News – January 2020

According to statistics from the Israeli security agency Shin Bet, more than 2,600 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel from Gaza over the past two years. More than half of these were fired in the past year...

Editorial: A democratic impasse

...All these effects are the result of the extended refusal or inability of Israel’s party leaders to make the necessary compromises to form unity governments, after inconclusive elections last April and September made it clear broad unity coalitions were the only way forward.