Israel and Palestinian territory divided by the security wall (Image: Shutterstock)

Australia’s Middle East decision ill-conceived

August 10, 2023 | Colin Rubenstein

The Federal Government’s decision… is profoundly disappointing and counterproductive. It will severely strain Australia’s long-standing bipartisan national policy of supporting a negotiated two-state peace, even though the Government says it continues to support this outcome. 

Protest against the legal reforms in Tel Aviv (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Is Israel’s democracy in jeopardy? (audio)

August 4, 2023 | Ran Porat

In Israel, the Knesset has voted to take away a key power of the country’s Supreme Court, triggering one of the biggest protest movements in Israeli history. It has also raised warnings that the 75-year-old democracy is in jeopardy.

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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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Denying Israel’s right to stop terrorists undermines peace

July 18, 2023 | Jamie Hyams

You would think it’s a basic right of any country to defend its population against terrorism. However, as is seemingly the case with everything Israel does, its recent two-day military operation against terrorists and their infrastructure in the West Bank city of Jenin aroused much comment and controversy.

Current “Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories” Francesca Albanese (Image: Shutterstock)

Francesca Albanese’s distortion of reality

July 13, 2023 | Justin Amler

Francesca Albanese, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, does not believe in history. She doesn’t even pretend to believe in history.

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The US and its influence in UNESCO

July 7, 2023 | Justin Amler

After a six-year absence, the United States has rejoined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which it dramatically left in 2017 over its anti-Israel bias.

Palestinian solidarity rally in Melbourne, February 2023 (Image: Matt Hrkac/Alamy Live News)

ALP Must Resist the Activists on Israel

July 6, 2023 | Colin Rubenstein

The Australian Labor Party is shortly going to have to decide if its policy on Middle East peacemaking is going to be based on misconceptions, symbolic “solidarity” and empty slogans, or common sense, reality, and international law.

Free Palestine Rally, Melbourne 2021
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Australian Government Under Growing Pressure for the Recognition of Palestinian Statehood

June 27, 2023 | Jamie Hyams

There is a genuine concern in Australia that our government may soon recognize “Palestine” as a state, making Australia only the second Western democracy after Sweden to take this premature and counterproductive step. 

A celebration of the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer in Tehran (Photo courtesy of Beni Sabti)

Stockholm Syndrome in Tehran

June 22, 2023 | Tammy Reznik

In a stranger-than-fiction moment, earlier this month a small group of Jews gathered in a synagogue in the heart of Tehran to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Iran’s first Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who… died on June 3, 1989. It seems bizarre to see online images of Iranian Jews celebrating the Ayatollah, who infamously implemented Iran’s anti-Israel, anti-Zionist repressive agenda…

Oslo Accords signing ceremony in 1993 with then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (left), then US President Bill Clinton and former PLO leader Yasser Arafat

Move to recognise Palestine is premature and dangerous

June 21, 2023 | Ahron Shapiro

For the benefit of the Palestinian future, no less than the Israelis, the Albanese Government must firmly remind their ALP colleagues in state branches and at the national conference of the wise words of the late former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon who described his transformation from a rigid ideologue to an outspoken peace proponent responsible for Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza.

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