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Benjamin Netanyahu was on the brink of political defeat. Then, another conflict broke out in Gaza

May 24, 2021 | Ran Porat

Despite some conspiratorial claims to the contrary, long-serving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not looking or hoping for a major conflict with the Palestinians to help him hold onto power.

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The folly of ‘even-handedness’ in the Hamas-Israel conflict

May 19, 2021 | Colin Rubenstein

It is easy when watching the latest bloodshed between Israel and Hamas to throw up our hands in despair, to blame both sides for the conflict, to call for both to pull back, with Israel as the stronger party expected to lead, and for the resumption of peace talks. But is it fair or helpful?

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Provocation and retaliation at heart of Gaza war

May 18, 2021 | Jamie Hyams

We feel we’ve seen this all before from Israel and Hamas. As they lob claims and counter-claims at each other almost as often as rockets and air raids, it can be hard to make sense of what’s behind it.

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Dr Ran Porat interviewed on Sky News Australia about the current fighting between Israel and Hamas

May 14, 2021

Dr Ran Porat, research associate at AIJAC and the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, interviewed by Gabriella Power on Sky News Australia about the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas, 14 May 2021. 

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Afghanistan withdrawal will increase terror threat to Australia

May 14, 2021 | Oved Lobel

It is time for the US and its allies to come clean about the consequences of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and to drop the pretence that they can be managed with no troops or contractors in the country, or even in the region. That means not only admitting that a Taliban takeover of the country following withdrawal is inevitable and will result in horrific massacres, destabilising refugee flows and the end of many human rights, particularly women’s rights, in the country, but also a dramatic increase in the terrorist threat.

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Gross distortions of HRW apartheid slur

May 13, 2021 | Ahron Shapiro

A Threshold Crossed is actually not a report at all, but simply a dossier of propagandistic claims against Israel sourced almost entirely from various other NGOs hostile to Israel. Ironically, the only threshold crossed is by HRW itself. In a blatant effort to tip the scales of the conflict in favour of the maximalist Palestinian narrative, HRW has committed itself to the demonisation strategy of trying to isolate and sanction Israel out of existence that generations of radical activists have failed to achieve.

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A ‘human rights’ group assaults both rights and hopes for peace

May 13, 2021 | Judy Maynard

Demonisation of Israel is clearly the goal of this report which essentially implies that Israel’s existence as a Jewish homeland is “apartheid” and a “crime against humanity”. Both peace and the quest for universal human rights will be the losers as a result.

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AIJAC’s Ahron Shapiro discusses Jerusalem disturbances and Israeli coalition negotiations on ABC News Radio

May 10, 2021

AIJAC’s Ahron Shapiro discussed the Jerusalem disturbances and Israeli coalition negotiations on ABC News Radio with Glen Bartholomew, 10 May 2021.

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Cardinal Edward Cassidy became a champion of Jewish people

April 19, 2021 | Jeremy Jones

Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, whose funeral will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Monday, had a reputation for being down to earth, with a no-nonsense style that earned him respect and affection. But no one was ever left in doubt that he had a formidable intellect and immense diplomatic skill.

AIJAC's Jamie Hyams discussed the Iranian threat on "The Bolt Report"

The Palestinians ‘don’t hold the key’ to peace in the Middle East – AIJAC’s Jamie Hyams on Sky News

April 14, 2021

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s Jamie Hyams was interviewed by Cory Bernardi on The Bolt Report on Sky News Australia, 13 April 2021. He said the Abraham Accords between Bahrain, the UAE, Sudan, and Morocco have shown “the Palestinians don’t hold the key to peace in the Middle East”.

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