Australia and historical revisionism at Turtle Bay

Australia and historical revisionism at Turtle Bay

December 13, 2016 | Allon Lee

Over many decades, Australian governments, of both political persuasions have shown great leadership in looking at the merits of United Nations General Assembly resolutions, opposing or abstaining on the most pernicious and one-sided anti-Israel ones, rather than falling into line with the majority.

So it is disappointing that one resolution called “Jerusalem” (A/RES/71/25), which cries out for Australia to vote “no”, has seen us choosing to abstain.

 

 

'Palestinian children' petition just more Israel-bashing

‘Palestinian children’ petition just more Israel-bashing

December 9, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

A recent Parliamentary petition regarding the Israel Defence Force’s handling of arrests of Palestinian minors is fundamentally wrong for its misleading allegations and its self-serving omissions, but especially because it exploits Palestinian youth for political gain.

This is ironic, because it represents another form of immoral exploitation of Palestinian youth – that of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank – that motivates the youth involved to commit the violence that gets them arrested in the first place.

 

The imminent fall of Aleppo and the Trump Administration

The imminent fall of Aleppo and the Trump Administration

December 5, 2016

With the Assad regime, and its Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies, making major in-roads into the rebel-head eastern district of Aleppo, it now looks like only a matter of time until the city falls to the regime. With US President-elect Trump having pledged to ignore the Syrian conflict and to seek a partnership with Russia, but also having pledged to fight back against the Iranian drive to dominate the region, and with the fall of Aleppo likely to provide a major boost to the Iranian axis – the events in Syria look likely to place the Trump Administration in a dilemma over Syria when they take over. This Update features analysis of that dilemma.

Media statement: ALP resolution

Senators in glass houses

November 29, 2016 | Tzvi Fleischer

When an attempt by a member of the Jewish community to book a council venue for an event featuring One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts was rebuffed by the Council for operational reasons, Senator Roberts accused the Council of antisemitism, of all things, in a post on his Facebook page. Not only was this claim bizarre, what is even more worrying is that this post, and others on his page about the event and the Council decision, attracted many comments that were themselves blatantly antisemitic, and that the Senator was content to let most of these remain on his page, without even a comment.

Tony Jones' King Hit

Tony Jones’ King Hit

November 28, 2016 | Allon Lee

ABC TV “Lateline” host Tony Jones scored a real coup in securing a twenty minute interview with visiting Jordanian King Abdullah II.

Although the conversation was conducted in English, they may as well have been speaking a different language, with Jones exhibiting a shallow understanding of the region’s complexity, and ignoring or misunderstanding what the Jordanian monarch said.

Bushfires

Bushfires, arson, and Arab schadenfreude

November 25, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Israel is reeling this week from a growing number of bushfires or wildfires consuming thousands of acres of vegetation, burning houses and causing the evacuation of 75,000 residents of Haifa – Israel’s third largest city. It is believed that the initial fires were accidentally set, but as the crisis unfolded, there was an outbreak of more fires – and estimates by Israeli officials say that at least half of the fires currently burning in Israel were deliberately set.

 

After 25 years

After 25 years, Israeli-Indian relations appear to be coming of age

November 24, 2016 | Gareth Narunsky

After nearly a quarter century of diplomatic ties, Israeli-Indian relations have come of age.

Moving the US Embassy in Israel/ End of Israel’s Population Bomb?

November 24, 2016

This Update deals with the possibility US President-elect Donald Trump may fulfill a campaign pledge and move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Israel’s actual capital since 1950, Jerusalem, as a a US law passed in 1995 requires.

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Video: Bangkok Track II conference – “Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Implications for Southeast Asia

November 22, 2016

Veteran Israel commentator Ehud Yaari delivered a very perceptive overview of the Middle East at a public session hosted by the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) in Bangkok: “Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons from and Implications for Southeast Asia”. It is highly recommended viewing.

Both PA and Hamas face financial squeeze/ Mosul and the lessons of Gaza

November 18, 2016

This Update features two articles about the serious financial problems of both the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza. In addition, it includes an article from two former senior American military officers about the lessons being learned from Israel’s struggle with Hamas’ terror tunnels in Gaza in the battle for Mosul, which is also believed to be riddled with tunnels by ISIS.

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