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Morrison rightly challenges foreign policy inertia on Jerusalem, Iran

December 19, 2018 | Colin Rubenstein

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s speech at the Sydney Institute last Saturday has been met with criticism for reviewing and adjusting long-standing foreign policies, as though inertia were a virtue in itself. Good policymaking demands periodic review and adjustments to reflect changing realities.

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On Australia’s Jerusalem Embassy review, don’t take advice from bigoted Mahathir

November 27, 2018 | Colin Rubenstein

Instead of threatening Australia for daring to review a long-standing position, why don’t we see Malaysia and Indonesia – both of whom provide strong rhetorical support to the Palestinian cause –  as well as Morrison’s critics, encouraging progress towards a two-state peace, which most profess to support, and which underlies Morrison’s review initiative?

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Iran-backed cyber attackers taking aim at Australia

November 23, 2018 | Oved Lobel

While Australia has yet to be targeted by more substantial Iranian cyber-attacks against infrastructure and financial institutions, like the US or Saudi Arabia, it has been the victim of several “independent” hacking groups that operate as fronts for the cybercrime of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and intelligence agencies.

Australia shouldn’t continue to back scheme allowing a terrorist state to develop a nuclear arsenal

November 2, 2018 | Colin Rubenstein

PRIME MINISTER Scott Morrison’s decision to review whether Australia should continue to support the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), should be welcomed.

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Jerusalem move is right for Australia

October 19, 2018 | Colin Rubenstein

Meanwhile, most Arab states are more likely to welcome PM Morrison’s review of our outdated support for the flawed Iran nuclear deal and efforts to confront Iranian aggression more broadly than be angry about a possible Jerusalem embassy move.

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Embassy move in Israel would just recognise reality

October 19, 2018 | Ahron Shapiro

Recognising the reality that Israel has had its capital in west Jerusalem since 1950, as the US, Russia, and several other countries have done, in no way precludes a future Palestinian capital in the city’s eastern half.

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Why Scott Morrison is right to consider moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem

October 18, 2018 | Colin Rubenstein

The prime minister’s announcement that Australia will consider moving its embassy to Jerusalem, and also review our stance on the Iran nuclear deal is prudent, wise and in our national interest.

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It’s one thing to criticise, but people need to tread carefully

October 12, 2018 | Jamie Hyams

ALLEGATIONS of anti-Semitism have been prominent in international news lately, with Jeremy Corbyn’s British Labour Party in crisis, accused even by some of his own MPs of tolerating or even practising anti-Semitism.

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Others should also defund UN relief agency

October 3, 2018 | Ahron Shapiro

The Trump Administration announced last month it would cease funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and divert US humanitarian aid through other channels. Australia and other donor countries interested in encouraging a genuine two-state resolution should seriously consider following suit.

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Trump should encourage a more conciliatory Palestinian leadership

October 3, 2018 | Colin Rubenstein

There have been important considerations missing from much discussion of the Trump Administration’s recent moves regarding Israel and the Palestinians.

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