Media Week - Clark in the dark; Terror vision; Blue news

Media Week – Clark in the dark; Terror vision; Blue news

July 29, 2016 | Allon Lee

Reflecting on the challenges posed by Islamist terror and radicalisation, Australian Financial Review (July 16) senior writer Andrew Clark said that “existing laws which prohibit Australians from fighting for non-aligned military forces – whether Islamic State, Hezbollah, the Kurdish Peshmerga, or the Israeli Army – must be enforced more tightly.”

Europe faces an Islamist terror wave

Europe faces an Islamist terror wave

July 29, 2016

This Update analyses Europe’s efforts to deal with the wave of near daily murderous attacks over recent weeks – especially since the July 14 Nice attack – when a truck driver killed 84 people in Nice by driving into crowds celebrating France’s national day, up until the murder of an 84-year-old priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, inside his church near Rouen on Tuesday (the several attacks in between are noted in this timeline).

Media Week - A capital conspiracy; Vehicular man (and woman) slaughter

Media Week – A capital conspiracy; Vehicular man (and woman) slaughter

July 22, 2016 | Allon Lee

The Chilcot Inquiry into the former Blair Government’s decision to sign up to the Second Iraq War never mentioned Israel as one of the reasons for going to war. Yet the Canberra Times (July 8) apparently knows better, claiming in an editorial the real reason Iraq was invaded had “more to do with protecting Israel’s interests than in shutting down Saddam’s so-called terrorist links or preventing him from manufacturing crude weapons of mass destruction.”

This is a dangerously deluded conspiracy theory.

Exclusive: Settlement ‘expansion' fails to even match natural growth

Exclusive: Settlement ‘expansion’ fails to even match natural growth

July 21, 2016 | Ahron Shapiro

Since Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took office in 2009, on average, demand for housing in settlements for natural growth has exceeded supply of new housing.

The aftermath of Turkey’s failed coup

July 20, 2016

This Update deals with analysis of what happens now with Turkey – both domestically and in terms of its foreign relations – in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt on Friday. (A good general summary and backgrounder on the coup and its aftermath comes from American scholar Michael Rubin.)

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel

US Political Party Platforms Shift on Israel

July 15, 2016 | Aaron Torop

Every four years when the Democratic and Republican parties officially nominate their candidates for president, they also amend their platforms, the official party position on a wide range of issues. Even though the platforms are non-binding and do not directly affect US foreign policy, they do express the overall beliefs and goals of each party.

The Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) after one year

The Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) after one year

July 15, 2016

One year ago this week, the Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) was signed in Vienna. With all that has happened over the past year, much analysis is being written about the realities and implementation of various aspects of the agreement. This Update features just a few examples.

Egyptian FM in landmark visit to Israel/ Palestinian incentives for killing Jews

July 14, 2016

This weekend saw a visit to Israel by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. That may not ostensibly seem surprising given that Israel and Egypt have had full diplomatic relations for almost four decades, but in fact was a highly unusual step – the first such visit in nine years. As such it was a sign of the changing strategic environment and warming security ties between Jerusalem and Cairo – as the pieces in this Update discuss.

Bibi's travels

Bibi’s travels

July 8, 2016

Today’s Update looks at Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s historic trip to Africa, which is about to conclude. Whilst there, he visited, and met with the leaders of, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. His first stop was Uganda, where he commemorated the famous 1976 Israeli rescue of the hostages from the country’s Entebbe airport. The operation was renamed Operation Yonatan, in honour of Mr. Netanyahu’s older brother, who led the operation and was killed there. More information is contained in Aaron Torop’s blog post here.

Uganda is Full of Surprises

Uganda is Full of Surprises

July 7, 2016 | Aaron Torop

The first stop of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s widely anticipated trip to Africa was Uganda, where he commemorated the fortieth anniversary of Operation Yonatan.

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