Austria goes off the Golan

As ISIS problem festers, and Syria bleeds, UNGA again focuses its efforts on condemning Israel

December 10, 2015 | Or Avi Guy

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is just winding up its 70th session, so this is an opportune time to reflect on the resolutions the international organisation has passed (or is in the process of passing).

Israeli policy responses to the terror wave

Israeli policy responses to the terror wave

December 4, 2015

The wave of stabbing attacks on Israelis continues, with attacks virtually every day – though it seems to be getting less and less media coverage. (There was a shooting attack yesterdaythree significant attacks on Tuesday, and two more on Sunday. A useful spreadsheet of all attacks this year – including many never reported – is here.) This Update deals with some of Israel’s efforts to respond – as well as why this violence continues.

ABC's Sophie McNeill tackles incitement

ABC’s Sophie McNeill tackles incitement, doubles down on insistence that “occupation” behind terror

December 4, 2015 | Allon Lee

The ABC’s Sophie McNeill finally tackles incitement – by doubling down on her insistence that terror is all about “occupation”…

Palestinian incitement and murderous Palestinian violence continue

Palestinian incitement and murderous Palestinian violence continue

December 1, 2015 | Or Avi Guy

The continuous attacks in Israel go under-reported in most international mainstream media. Also ongoing is the Palestinian incitement behind these stabbing, ramming and shooting attacks – and there is almost certainly some correlation between the two phenomena.

Polish-Jewish Dialogue Leader visits Sydney

Polish-Jewish Dialogue Leader visits Sydney

November 25, 2015 | Glen Falkenstein

Polish political leader and trailblazer in Polish-Jewish dialogue Andrzej Folwarczny visited Australia this week to share his experiences in raising awareness of the Jewish heritage of Polish towns, cities, and communities.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony

November 24, 2015 | Sharyn Mittelman

On November 22, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop received the “Torch of Learning” award from Australian Friends of Hebrew University in Sydney.

On accepting the award, Ms Bishop delivered a strong speech in which she said, “Tonight, in accepting the Torch of Learning Award, I commit anew to the powerful relationship between our two countries,” adding, “Israel’s struggles are our struggles. Their fight is our fight. Israel’s opportunities are our opportunities. Israel’s values are our values. We must both be prepared to continue to defend them. Australia and Israel – ours is a special friendship, a special relationship and long may it endure.”

The Music of Murder: What Palestinian teens who stab Israelis are listening to

The Music of Murder: What Palestinian teens who stab Israelis are listening to

November 12, 2015 | Or Avi Guy

Nationalistic Palestinian music is enjoying a renaissance, with sales reportedly reaching 90% of the discs sold at local CD stalls. Yet the new songs being released represent an emerging trend of increasingly militant language and imagery, blunt messages and calls for violent action.

Iran's Anti-American Backlash/ Syria Diplomacy

Iran’s Anti-American Backlash/ Syria Diplomacy

November 12, 2015

This Update leads with the reality that, contrary to likely expectations of the US Administration, the Iran nuclear deal appears not only troubled in terms of Iran trying to re-write its terms prior to implementation, but appears also to be doing the opposite of creating a rapprochement between Teheran and the US. It also features some intelligent comment on recent efforts to seek a diplomatic resolution on Syria, including inviting Russia and Iran to join the talks in Vienna a couple of weeks ago.  

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Video: Ehud Yaari: Israel confronts challenges on six fronts

November 11, 2015

Renowned Israeli journalist and author Ehud Yaari describes the current situation for Israel and the complicated challenges it faces…

The Upcoming Obama-Netanyahu meeting/ Misremembering Rabin’s Legacy

November 6, 2015

This Update features two previews of the upcoming Netanyahu-Obama meeting on Sunday – the first between the two leaders in more than a year marked by often bitter disagreement about the nuclear deal with Iran. It also features a piece correcting some myths which have appeared in some of the numerous comments about the legacy of murdered Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin written to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.

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