Hamas has a new tool in its terror arsenal: Flaming kites, which have caused millions of dollars of damage to Israeli farms and forests.
Last week, it was announced that Russia and Israel have reached an agreement to keep Iranian forces away from Israel's border with Syria. Israel has long seen an Iranian presence along its northern border with Syria as a significant threat - not least because it allows the potential for rocket fire into Israel from Syria of the sort that occurred on May 10, sparking a major clash.
On ABC TV's "Q&A" on May 21, panellist Randa Abdel-Fattah, an Australian writer of Egyptian-Palestinian background, made a series of false or misleading allegations against Israel. While some of the other panelists disagreed with her on some of her points, particularly Australian Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan, they were repeatedly cut off by program host Tony Jones. In any event, many of her allegations were left unchallenged and are in need of correction for the public record.
So here's AIJAC's "fisking" of Ms. Abdel-Fattah's claims.
With the announcement this week that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has sought assurances from Palestinian leaders that Australian aid is being appropriately directed, it is a good time to look more comprehensively at Australia's Palestinian aid program.
Those who still misuse the legal concept of proportionality would do well to listen to James Larsen, chief legal officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and previously an Australian ambassador in Israel and subsequently in Turkey.
The Palestinian view of children as fair game, a legitimate tool to be used for terror - and a legitimate target if they are Israelis - is notoriously well known.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (IJ) is clearly the main culprit behind the fierce mortar and rocket attacks on Israel that began Tuesday, and saw more than 130 rockets and mortars fired into Israel by Wednesday morning.... the heaviest bombardment that Israel has suffered since the end of the 2014 Gaza war....Yet while the PIJ may have carried out the latest aggression against Israel, it was likely devised by Iran.
On May 16, Hamas Political Bureau member Salah Al-Bardawil said in a Gaza television interview that 50 of the people killed in Gaza on May 14 were from Hamas, while 12 were "regular people".
Much has been written and said this week about the clashes along the Gaza border, but besides general reactions from the IDF Spokesperson, we haven't had an opportunity to hear from the commanders in the field - until now.