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Israel & Jewish world “extremely distressed” at events of past 100 days: Colin Rubenstein on SkyNews

January 16, 2024

Sky News’ Kevin Heatley interviews AIJAC’s Dr Colin Rubenstein on the ongoing conflict in the war against Hamas.

Bodies of dead Israelis lie on the ground following the attacks of Hamas (Credit: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa/Alamy Live News)

100 days on, the trauma has not dissipated

January 15, 2024 | Colin Rubenstein

For Israelis, October 7 was cataclysmic and transformational, like September 11, 2001 was for the US, only more so… These events left a collective and still unhealed scar on not just the seven million Jews of Israel, but Jews the world over.

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‘From the River to the Sea’ is the Postmodern ‘Hep! Hep!’

January 11, 2024 | Aviva Winton

‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ is a new attempt to deny any Jewish claim to national self-determination in the land of Israel, to deny Jewish indigeneity in the land of Israel, despite our unbroken and documented presence on the land for almost 4,000 years, and ascribe indigeneity solely to another people.

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The end of judicial reform, and the beginning of healing

January 4, 2024 | Ran Porat

This reform was aimed at reducing what right-wing supporters believed to be excessive powers held by the courts… However, for millions of Israelis, the suggested reform was seen as a direct attack on the fragile democratic structure of the Jewish state.

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The Gaza War as seen from Southeast Asia

January 4, 2024 | Colin Rubenstein, Michael Shannon

The Hamas onslaught upon Israel on October 7 and the resulting military response by Israel prompted a wide range of responses across Southeast Asia.

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The UN’s disgraceful response to Hamas massacre can’t go unchallenged

December 27, 2023 | Justin Amler

It should have been the easiest thing in the world to do — for the United Nations to unequivocally condemn the brutal and unprovoked Hamas terror attack that killed 1,200 Israelis, and led to the capture of more than 200.

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No ceasefire can work unless Hamas disarms

December 19, 2023 | Colin Rubenstein

It should be obvious that the only way to achieve any such sustainable outcome is for the military pressure on Hamas to continue until it capitulates. Voting in favour of an UNGA resolution calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” with no conditions on Hamas doesn’t advance Australian interests for such a “sustainable ceasefire”. It works against it.

Hamas fighters in the southern Gaza Strip (Image: Abed Rahim Khatib/ Shutterstock)

Dismantling Hamas is vital to any hopes of Middle East peace

December 17, 2023 | Oved Lobel

Australia’s foreign policy goals can best be served by searching for ways to make sure the current Gaza war will end with Hamas’ rule dismantled rather than seeking to legitimise or strengthen Hamas in the utterly misguided hope it can somehow be moderated and converted into a genuine peace partner.

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A one-state Israel-Palestine solution is a bad and dangerous idea

December 9, 2023 | Paul Rubenstein

Australian newspapers have published various articles calling for a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which would supposedly fulfil the rights of both Jews and Palestinians. Let us pause there and note this is actually advocating dismantling the sovereign State of Israel, a member state of the United Nations for 75 years… This raises so many alarm bells for Jewish people like me it is hard to know where to start.

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The conflict between Israel and Hamas will continue to divide us, unless we risk face-to-face discussion

December 5, 2023 | Ran Porat

When I had to teach classes a few days after the 7 October Hamas massacre of Israeli civilians living next to the Gaza Strip, I did not want to go to the university. I knew people who had lost loved ones — children, brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers — in the slaughter.

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