SEVEN decades after its founding, Israel - one of the world's most enduring and stable democracies - has also matured into one of the world's most vibrant and dynamic nations.
Now the hope must be that Trump's announcement signals the beginning of a new era of negotiations and sustained diplomatic efforts to put into place new and better arrangements to thwart Iran's dangerous nuclear ambitions and regional aggression.
ON April 30, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu revealed one of Israel's greatest intelligence coups - that it had obtained an entire archive of around 100,000 secret files on Iran's nuclear program.
According to media accounts, in January Israeli spies broke into a secret Tehran warehouse, stole the documents and brought them back to Israel the same night.
Fresh from his state visit to the White House, French President Emmanuel Macron is in Australia this week.
While the official announcement from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Macron is coming to talk about trade and defence industry partnerships, security - particularly the future of the Iran nuclear deal - will also feature on the agenda during the three-day stay.
I am pleased that, in her latest article replying to me, Chloe Patton has been prepared to engage more substantively with what Daniel Pipes had to say while visiting Australia...
Last weekend's Gaza violence in which 15 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces was not what it might have seemed. It certainly was not the peaceful protest, or the massacre of innocent civilians, that Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and their supporters claim.
A key obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians is the institutionalised incitement to anti-Israel violence by the Palestinian Authority (PA)... Perhaps the worst aspect of this incitement, however, is the PA's "martyr" compensation scheme, which incentivises terrorism by providing lifetime monthly stipends to convicted terrorists and to the families of slain terrorists.
Comments made by US President Donald Trump about the sacking of his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson highlighted the fact that while the threat to world peace posed by North Korea has dominated the headlines in recent months, Trump is determinedly focused at least as much on another rogue state, which probably poses an even greater threat in the longer term - Iran.