Israel courts new ties with Greece and Cyprus at Summit

Israel courts new ties with Greece and Cyprus at Summit

June 19, 2017 | Ross Beroff

On June 15, trilateral talks concluded between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. On the meetings, Netanyahu remarked, “there’s a simple fact about Cyprus, Greece and Israel that brings us very close together. We’re all democracies, real democracies.”

Implications of the UK election for the British Jewish community

Implications of the UK election for the British Jewish community

June 16, 2017 | Gareth Narunsky

The recent British election was a disaster for incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Party.

BDS versus Wonder Woman

BDS versus Wonder Woman

June 16, 2017 | Ross Beroff

DC’s newest superhero movie, “Wonder Woman” has grossed over $440 million worldwide, received rave reviews and has broken barriers as the most successful comic book film with a female lead, and the largest ever budget for a female director.

However, not everyone can experience the film; it has so far been banned in Tunisia and Lebanon, along with efforts to ban the film in Jordan.

Israeli counter-terror expertise currently in demand

Israeli counter-terror expertise currently in demand

June 14, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

Following the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Europe, including in Manchester and London, and other recent attacks in Paris, Stockholm and Berlin, Israeli counter-terrorism expertise appears to be in unprecedented demand.

New Hamas tunnels raise questions about UNRWA

New Hamas tunnels raise questions about UNRWA

June 14, 2017 | Ross Beroff

On June 9, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced that on June 1, it had discovered a tunnel built by Hamas under some of its schools located in Gaza. Specifically the tunnel was found under the Maghazi Elementary Boys A&B School and the Maghazi Preparatory Boys School, both located in a compound containing additional schools.

Is the international community finally catching on regarding Palestinian incitement?

Is the international community finally catching on regarding Palestinian incitement?

June 9, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

Israeli officials have long argued that the Palestinian Authority should be held accountable for its incitement to violence against Israelis. It seems that now, finally, the international community may be starting to catch on.

Gulf splits with Qatar: What this means for the region – and for the love affair Australia’s ABC and SBS have with Al-Jazeera

Gulf splits with Qatar: What this means for the region – and for the love affair Australia’s ABC and SBS have with Al-Jazeera

June 8, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

In a dramatic move, on June 5 Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives announced they were all severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its support for terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, as well as for its close ties to Iran, with which it co-owns the largest natural gas field in the world.

Audio: Dr Colin Rubenstein discusses the Six Day War on 2GB

June 5, 2017

Dr Colin Rubenstein joined Michael McLaren on Sydney radio 2GB to look back on the Six Day War, 50 years on.

“Moderate” Rouhani wins Iranian election – but this likely means little for either Iranian foreign policy or internal reform

“Moderate” Rouhani wins Iranian election – but this likely means little for either Iranian foreign policy or internal reform

May 24, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

Iran held its presidential election on May 19, and President Hassan Rouhani defeated his main rival, conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, receiving 57% of the 40 million votes cast.

Post-referendum

Post-referendum, Turkey’s Erdogan employs his new powers in ugly ways

May 11, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

In April, a contested referendum saw Turkey pass into law a new draft constitution that significantly increases the powers of its President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (For more on how the referendum seems to have fundamentally transformed Turkey politically, see Amotz Asa-El in the latest AIR.) Now, one month later, Erdogan may be unleashing those powers.

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