A blessing and a curse

A blessing and a curse

June 8, 2017 | Sharyn Mittelman

This month marks 50 years since the Six Day War – which is pivotal to understanding the modern Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While it did not start that conflict, which began with Arab rejection of Israel’s existence prior to its establishment in 1948, it has drawn the map from which proposals for two states must be carved out.

The Six Day War is viewed by many Israelis as both a blessing and a curse.

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Video/Audio: Colin Rubenstein on Qatar/Arab States row and use of Al-Jazeera in Australian media

June 8, 2017

Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein appeared on The Bolt Report on Sky News Australia, discussing why seven Arab countries to have cut ties with Qatar and why the ABC and SBS are wrong to use content sourced from Al-Jazeera, among other topics.

This post contains two short video excerpts and audio of the entire segment.

Audio: Dr Colin Rubenstein discusses the Six Day War on 2GB

June 5, 2017

Dr Colin Rubenstein joined Michael McLaren on Sydney radio 2GB to look back on the Six Day War, 50 years on.

Let's not risk making Iran another North Korea

Let’s not risk making Iran another North Korea

May 29, 2017 | Colin Rubenstein

For the sake of the Australasian region, the North Korean nuclear threat must be contained. For the sake of the world, the Iranian nuclear threat must be neutralised, not only in the short term but the long term as well.

After N Korea

After N Korea, don’t forget Iran

May 10, 2017 | Shmuel Levin

As North Korea once again comes to the fore of the world’s conscious, the lesson should be clear. What matters is not short-term talk, deal, and negotiations, but whether Iran’s long-term ambitions have changed.

For now, this does not seem to be the case. And, if this is allowed to fester, the long-term result may be another North Korea, if not something even worse.

Hamas is killing its own

Hamas has not changed its spots

May 5, 2017 | Gareth Narunsky

Hamas leaders have been clear the new policy document neither replaces or amends Hamas’ homicidal and antisemitic founding charter nor accepts Israel’s existence.

It's time to put the 18C debate to bed

It’s time to put the 18C debate to bed

March 6, 2017 | Colin Rubenstein

Now that the Parliamentary Joint Committee Inquiry into Freedom of Speech has handed down its findings, it’s time to put the idea of making changes to Sections 18C or 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) to bed.

Australia has been a good friend to Israel

Australia has been a good friend to Israel

March 2, 2017 | Mark Leibler

Australia has been a good friend to Israel since before the establishment of the Jewish state.

The friendship has transcended partisan politics, and been enhanced and promoted by successive leaders of both nations.

Against this conducive backdrop, last week’s historic first visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the warm, respectful reception he was given by our own prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has surely taken the relationship to a new level.

An Israeli-Palestinian peace requires the right sort of pressure

An Israeli-Palestinian peace requires the right sort of pressure

February 26, 2017 | Colin Rubenstein & Jamie Hyams

To read Mark Kenny’s analysis of Israel and Palestine (“Blind support for Israel unhelpful”, February 19), one would think the West Bank was a place where arrogant, lawless Israelis tormented and oppressed innocent Palestinians almost for sport, while steadily undermining the only real chance of peace: the two-state resolution. The good news is that reality is somewhat different. The bad news is that peace will still be difficult to achieve, just not for the reasons Kenny gives.

Bibi's visit and the ties that bind

Bibi’s visit and the ties that bind

February 22, 2017 | Colin Rubenstein

AS Australia prepares to welcome the first ever visit by an Israeli Prime Minister, cooperation and dialogue between our two nations have never been stronger.

It’s a record of friendship over a hundred years that few countries can match – marked by shared democratic and egalitarian values, common challenges, bustling trade and a long friendship in which both countries take great pride.

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