Did the current round of violence start because of the death of a 13-year-old boy on November 8?

Israel struggles to land the Leviathan

February 17, 2016 | Or Avi Guy

Five years ago a massive offshore reserve of natural gas – appropriately named Leviathan – was discovered approximately 170 km. off the Israeli coast, approximately 4.5 km. underwater. Since then, attempts to tap into the gas field have stalled, as new challenges emerged at each step of the way.

Growing Aussie and Asian investment in the Israeli start-up scene

Growing Aussie and Asian investment in the Israeli start-up scene

February 12, 2016 | Sharyn Mittelman

Israel is widely considered an international leader in entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, and it is said to have the highest density of start-ups per capita.  Now Aussie and Asian businesses and investors increasingly want to be part of the Israeli start up action, as seen by the many recent announcements of new business partnerships with Israeli companies.

What 1961 can teach us about 2016

What 1961 can teach us about 2016

January 19, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

It’s particularly worthwhile from time to time, in an effort to better understand the core issues in the conflict, to revisit key source materials and policy statements during the period after the 1948 War of Independence and before the Six Day War of 1967 – before the IDF controlled even a centimetre of land in the “occupied territories”.

Of these, then-Foreign Minister Golda Meir’s address to the Special Political Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on December 15, 1961 is surely a standout. Coming just 13 years after the creation of the state, Meir’s address serves as a crucial policy statement during this period in Israel’s early history.

Speaking Violence

Speaking Violence, Hearing Silence

September 27, 2015 | Ari Wenig

The hypocricy is almost breathtaking: pleading to the international media for an end to violence at the risk of “an intifada that we don’t want”, whilst simultaneously inciting Palestinians to do “everything in [their] power” to stop the Jews “defiling [the Al-Aqsa] with their filthy feet”, assuring them that “martyrs will be rewarded… by Allah”. The speaker was President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and the bulk of the international media and political community responded with indifference. 

A new low in moral equivalence

A new low in moral equivalence

June 11, 2015 | Allon Lee

Australia’s distinction as a major source of recruits joining “Islamic State” has been used as a pretext for a variety of commentators to defame Israel, through the morally vacuous argument that the phenomenon is no different to that of Jewish Australians who serve in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).

In Gaza

In Gaza, some NGOs place water politics over public health

March 11, 2014 | Ahron Shapiro

Gaza’s water quality issues, due to years of overpumping from their coastal aquifers as well as other factors such as agricultural pollution, and sewage dumping, are well documented. However, efforts by some NGOs to implement what has been determined by experts to be the most effective solution – desalination – has been met by staunch opposition by some 30 Palestinian and pro-Palestinian organisations and NGOs. They made this clear in a position paper they issued on March 9 through the Palestinian water issue-focused NGO umbrella coalition EWASH. It’s enlightening to examine their reasons for opposing desalination, in their own words.

Israeli field hospital in the Philippines receives high praise

Israeli field hospital in the Philippines receives high praise

November 19, 2013 | Sharyn Mittelman

To date, 12 babies have been born in the Israeli field hospital set up in the city of Bogo at the northern end of Cebu Island on November 14 to provide medical assistance to the Typhoon ravaged region. Typhoon Haiyan struck on November 8 and is estimated to have killed at least 4,000 people and left 600,000 homeless.

Israel refuses to participate in UN “human rights” farce

February 1, 2013 | Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Israel has been making headlines recently for its failure to show-up to its “Universal Periodic Review” (“UPR”) session at the United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC”) and for refusing to cooperate with a recent “fact-finding mission” into settlements in the West Bank. …

Sadly, it appears that the reforms to the UN Human Rights Commission and its re-branding as the “Human Rights Council” have had little effect…

Israeli Politics – Barak bows out, Tzipi Livni jumps in

November 30, 2012 | Or Avi Guy

There is never a dull moment in Israeli politics, let alone when the upcoming elections are right around the corner. This week three main developments took place, any of which could significantly influence the political outlook.

New Huawei allegations - Iranian partner breaching US sanctions

New Huawei allegations – Iranian partner breaching US sanctions

October 31, 2012 | Sharyn Mittelman

There are new allegations regarding the Chinese telecommunication company Huawei, with Reuters reporting that an Iranian partner of Huawei, Soda Gostar Persian Vista, last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm.

This latest report of breaching US sanctions, may further undermine Huawei’s concerted efforts to improve its image in Australia, following an Australian government decision in March this year to block Huawei from bidding on its National Broadband Network (NBN) due to national security risks.

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