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Background to the visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to Australia

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin arrives in Australia today for a state visit. The Israel Embassy has provided some details on his scheduled program, but here is some additional background material on Rivlin and where his visit fits into the history of Australia-Israel relations.  

Israel prez cements ties

This week, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will land in Australia on an official visit. It is the third visit by an Israeli President to Australia, but the first in 15 years.
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Push to list Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist group ‘doesn’t go far enough’

AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein spoke to Peta Credlin on Sky News Australia about a proposed ban on Hezbollah's military wing.

AIJAC welcomes Australian submission to the International Criminal Court

Australia has opposed a bid by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to look into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian Territories.

Labor on the Trump peace plan

Senator Penny Wong said she believes US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan has flaws.

Al Jazeera shows its true colours in coverage of the Trump peace plan

No one who has followed for any time the Qatari government-controlled media organisation Al Jazeera should be deluded by its boast to offer “incisive analysis” and “stories … built on a foundation of honesty, fairness, balance, independence, and diversity” - yet too many seem inclined to buy the network’s spin about itself.

Australia urged to condemn biased “blacklist”

Following publication by the United Nations Human Rights Council of a “blacklist” of businesses operating in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) is calling on the Australian Government to maintain its principled stance towards fairness at the UN and condemn the list.
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Behnam Ben Taleblu on Iran protests, Trump peace plan

Recent AIJAC guest Behnam Ben Taleblu of the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies appeared on Sky News "Outsiders" 9 February 2020. He touched upon the street protests in Iran, the nuclear issue, the Trump peace plan and more.

Would Yitzhak Rabin approve of Trump’s peace plan?

Rabin's "permanent solution" shared remarkable similarities to Trump's peace plan.

Iranian cyberattacks may increase in the wake of Soleimani’s assassination

Cyberattacks against Australian financial and industrial infrastructure could become more serious in coming weeks and months

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