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Jordan Valley tale is all wet

September 18, 2020 | Ahron Shapiro

The Jordan River has never run dry, and neither does the wellspring of stories about Palestinian grievances against Israel in the Jordan Valley, such as an article written by Andra Jackson which was printed in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald on September 5

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

September 17, 2020 | Judy Maynard

The announcement of the normalisation agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, signed on Tuesday in Washington, gave rise to some unusual plain speaking by various Arab commentators on the subject of Palestinian rejectionism.  

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Russia’s quest to make itself indispensable in the Middle East

September 17, 2020 | Oved Lobel

Although it has neither the desire nor the financial or military capacity to actually displace the United States in the Middle East, Russia has become adept at planting itself firmly in the middle of crises and conflicts and establishing itself as an indispensable intermediary at relatively little cost.

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Mahmoud Abbas courts disaster by rejecting hundreds of millions of dollars the Palestinians desperately need 

September 15, 2020 | Allon Lee

Three things seem certain in the Middle East: death, taxes and the uncanny ability of Palestinian leaders to make terrible choices that leave their people worse off. A New York Times feature has demonstrated yet again not only this principle in action but the dysfunction at the heart of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ 15-year one-man rule.  

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Al Jazeera coverage promotes Qatar’s view opposing UAE-Israel normalisation deal

September 4, 2020 | Judy Maynard

Surprise and a largely positive international reaction greeted the August 13 announcement of the Abraham Accord, the US-brokered normalisation agreement between Israel and the UAE. Even many Arab states said positive things about the agreement, or at least did not oppose it. Less surprising has been the negative coverage given to this historic development by the “independent” media organisation, Al Jazeera, the anti-Israel, anti-US and pro-Islamist propaganda outlet of the Qatari government, which founded, funds and controls it. 

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Islamic charity in hot water receives Australian endorsement

September 3, 2020 | Naomi Levin

Islamic Relief Australia was recently endorsed by the Australian Government as a preferred charity, despite the departure of its director over vile antisemitic social media comments, and existing unresolved accusations that an Australian board member allegedly has close ties to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

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What’s different about the UAE-Israel normalisation agreement?

August 19, 2020 | Sharyn Mittelman

The deal has rewritten the rules of “peacemaking” in the Middle East and reflects a new alignment taking place

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Will Lebanon’s crisis lead to Lebanese-Israeli border disputes finally being resolved?

August 14, 2020 | Jack Gross

In wake of the massive explosion in Beirut, and subsequent outpouring of public frustration with deteriorating living conditions in Lebanon, the main sides blocking a resolution to maritime border disputes between Israel and Lebanon have agreed to American mediation

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Anti-Israel conspiracy theorists try to link Israel with Beirut port blast

August 12, 2020 | Ahron Shapiro, AIJAC staff

Shortly after the Beirut explosion, on Aug. 5, Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia published a video discussion about the event between Abu Anas and senior preacher Wassim Doureihei, also known for his extreme anti-Western views.

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Israel set to delay budget, dodge new elections

August 12, 2020 | Ahron Shapiro

Israel’s emergency national unity government, just three months old, appears to be navigating its way through a major coalition crisis…

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