The norms used to adjudicate land claims and challenge Israel’s rights to the Golan are not only selectively applied, they are mutually incoherent – their real power is not as legal precedents but as political instruments.
There are a number of far-right parties to be cautious of in the 2019 federal election including some whose extreme views are masked by their name.
AIJAC submitted a series of 12 policy questions to the campaigns of both Prime Minister Scott Morrison, leading the Liberal-National Coalition, and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, leading the Australian Labor Party (ALP), to help our readers and supporters make an informed decision as they go to the polls on May 18.
Israel just completed its general election on April 9. Australia is set to follow Israel to the polls on May 18. This coincidence is a reminder of the precious democratic values and practices the two nations share in common.
One negative to come out of the Israeli election on April 9 was the decline in turnout among Arab Israelis. According to some reports only 44% turned out to vote, compared to 63.5% in the last election in 2015 (overall turnout was also down, but to a much smaller degree).
No one asks us – the children of the Israeli Golan who were born after 1967. Yes, I am an Israeli and nothing associates me with Syria except for the slogans I have been hearing for almost 50 years.
Israel’s response to President Trump’s plan will reflect its commitment to seek a peace that guarantees its security and so will probably be “Yes, but”.
In what is likely a healthy change for Israel’s fractious politics, Likud and Blue and White will command 60% of the next Knesset, as opposed to the 45% commanded by Likud and the Zionist Union in the departing Knesset.
A Sunday afternoon ritual is anti-AIPAC demonstrations outside the conference venue. I spent some time among the rag-tag assembly broadly united on the theme of #stopAIPAC. It was interesting to see and hear the arguments or slogans being proferred and who was doing the proferring.
In countries which have had long traditions of antisemitism and short periods of neutrality or even philosemitism, old attitudes are returning to the fore. In societies which never seemed to find a problem with their own antisemitism, the most anti-Jewish voices seem to be growing ever louder.