(Front) Vietnam's Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien (left) and his Israeli counterpart Nir Barkat sign the FTA between Vietnam and Israel, while behind are Vietnamese Deputy PM Tran Luu Quang and Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu, July 25, 2023 (Image courtesy of Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade)

Israel and Vietnam – A relationship dating back to Ben-Gurion and Ho Chi Minh

August 8, 2023 | Alana Schetzer

Today, 77 years after Ho’s offer to Ben-Gurion, Vietnam is one of Israel’s strongest allies in Asia. The two countries have just celebrated 30 years of formal diplomatic relations, topping it off by signing a free trade agreement.

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Iran expands its military presence in South America

August 3, 2023 | Oved Lobel

Bolivia, which moved back into Iran’s orbit in 2020, reportedly inked a memorandum of understanding on defence and security with Iran following the Bolivian Defence Minister’s visit to the country on July 20 that may result in the delivery of Iranian drones to the country. Iran’s Defence Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani declared the defence agreement with Bolivia “has the potential to serve as a pioneering model for other nations in South America.”

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Israeli army moves to centre-stage in judicial reform controversy

July 26, 2023 | Ran Porat

Even if a compromise is achieved in the future, the damage inflicted on the IDF by this episode will take a long time to repair. Inner cohesion and the commitment of Israeli soldiers to serve in the army have been crucial components of the IDF success as the “people’s army”. Both are now in question.

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Three reasons Australia should help protect the International Court of Justice

July 24, 2023 | Greg Rose

Australia did the right thing in late December and voted against a very problematic and controversial resolution of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

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Wait, what? West Bank settlements mired in massive housing slump

July 20, 2023 | Ahron Shapiro

While it may sound surprising and counterintuitive, the numbers don’t lie: Despite recent well-publicised efforts by key right-wing legislators in…

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Israel and Fiji: A Shared Interest in Peace and Fighting Climate Change

July 12, 2023 | Alana Schetzer

Israel and Fiji may seem like an unusual pairing, but since diplomatic relations were established in 1970, the Middle Eastern and Pacific Ocean countries have forged partnerships across security and peacekeeping, and especially issues related to climate change.

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China still doesn’t care about the Middle East

June 29, 2023 | Oved Lobel

By all accounts, China still has little interest in playing a direct political role in the Middle East.

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A Response to Gareth Evans’ “The case for recognising Palestine”

June 16, 2023 | Jamie Hyams

Gareth Evans’ “The case for recognising Palestine” (published in The Conversation on June 15) might appear superficially plausible, but closer examination reveals many flaws, including the omission or misstating of fundamental facts.

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The World Health Organisation’s Incurable Disease

June 16, 2023 | Justin Amler

Like all instruments of the United Nations, the WHO has become deeply flawed and politicised, as demonstrated by its 76th annual World Health Assembly meeting that recently concluded in Geneva. Of the 25 items on the meeting agenda, only one country was continually singled out. It doesn’t take a doctorate in infectious diseases and immunology to guess which: Israel.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen (right) and Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Enrique Manalo (source: @SecManalo)

Israeli FM’s historic Philippines visit highlights Israel’s Asian ambitions

June 14, 2023 | Alana Schetzer

The diplomatic tour of the Philippines and South Korea was part of Israel’s wider focus on Asia. Back in 2017, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced his Government’s ‘Pivot to Asia’ policy, intended to eventually diversify Israeli trade away from its current concentration on America and Europe.

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