Syria chemical attack highlights the ugly reality that the Middle East is turning into a chemical weapons free-for-all

Syria chemical attack highlights the ugly reality that the Middle East is turning into a chemical weapons free-for-all

April 5, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

Once again, the world has woken up to another chemical weapons atrocity in Syria, with numerous heart-rending videos showing children gasping and struggling to breathe, if not killed outright. Early indications suggest that the attack likely involved sarin nerve gas.

In the World Vision Gaza case

In the World Vision Gaza case, words matter

March 31, 2017 | Ahron Shapiro

A statement and subsequent clarification by DFAT officials have been the basis for news reports that cast aspersions on Israel’s allegations that a top World Vision employee in Gaza, Mohammad El-Halabi, had diverted aid money to Hamas. Yet a close reading of the statements together suggests the substance of DFAT’s statements don’t justify the headlines.

The assassination of a terrorist

The assassination of a terrorist

March 27, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

Last Friday night, four assassins lay in wait for Hamas military leader Mazen Faqha outside his beach-side home in Tel el-Hawa, a neighborhood in south-western Gaza City. The assassins had broken in to Faqha’s garage a few hours earlier, after Faqha had left his house with his wife and daughter. Now, they waited quietly for his return.

When Bibi met Vladimir: Israel

When Bibi met Vladimir: Israel, Russia, and Iran

March 20, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia for discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As Putin noted in the leaders’ joint press conference, Israel and Russia have “established very close and very confidential contact” in recent years and the two leaders “meet on a regular basis and are constantly in touch by telephone”. This visit came against the backdrop of an increased Russian presence throughout the region.

AIJAC's involvement in Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's historic visit to Australia

AIJAC’s involvement in Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s historic visit to Australia

March 17, 2017

AIJAC is very proud of the official role played by our National Chairman Mark Leibler AC in the two major public functions featured during Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s official state visit – the first by a sitting Israeli PM – last month.

Woodside-Leviathan deal moves ahead in a milestone for Australia-Israel ties

A new milestone – Israel begins exporting gas

March 9, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

Whilst Israel has long bemoaned its scarcity of natural resources, now, for the first time in its almost 70 years of existence, Israel has quietly begun exporting natural gas to other countries.

Reports: Netanyahu has secretly been advancing regional peace plan

Reports: Netanyahu has secretly been advancing regional peace plan

March 9, 2017 | Ahron Shapiro

Since taking office in 2009, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has often been criticised in the media for supposedly not doing enough to promote peace with the Palestinians and ultimately being responsible for the lack of progress in the peace process.

However, in recent days, new reports in the US foreign policy magazine, The American Interest, and Israel’s left-leaning Ha’aretz daily have emerged detailing backchannel negotiations and discreet peace initiatives that Netanyahu and his emissaries have been making with – not only the Palestinians – but Egypt and a number of Arab states.

 

Beyond the photo-opportunities: The concrete results of Netanyahu’s visit to Australia.

Beyond the photo-opportunities: The concrete results of Netanyahu’s visit to Australia

March 8, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

As the dust begins to settle on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, it is worth taking stock of the specifics of what exactly was accomplished during this short four-day trip. While much has been written elsewhere about the visit and the broader Australia-Israel relationship, a number of specific concrete projects were also realised.

“Settlements Bob” At It Again: A fisking

“Settlements Bob” At It Again: A fisking

March 8, 2017 | Gareth Narunsky

Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s well-known obsession with Israeli settlements – while completely ignoring Palestinian intransigence, rejectionism and incitement – has reared its ugly and ill-informed head once again.

Netanyahu down-under: The view from Israel’s press

Netanyahu down-under: The view from Israel’s press

March 3, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

As noted by Jerusalem Post journalist Herb Keinon, Israel often devotes much of its diplomatic energy towards its European critics, relative to that afforded towards good friends like Australia. As such, the recent visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia, a strong friend of Israel, gave the media a chance to focus on a change to this modus operandi.

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