Congressional Comment on Iran Deal/IAEA document shows Iran to inspect itself at Parchin

August 21, 2015

With US debate about last month’s Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, continuing to foment in the lead up an expected Congressional vote in September, this Update two articles from Congressional leaders explaining their reasons for planning to oppose the deal. It also includes some new information, uncovered by the Associated Press, about an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) side-deal with Iran concerning the investigation of the Parchin site – long alleged to be a centre for Iran’s nuclear weaponisation research – that is almost certain to excite even more Congressional opposition.

Why Hamas does not want Gazans to heed Israel warnings

New Hamas revelations – and strategy to gain legitimacy

August 14, 2015

Today’s Update focuses on the implications of some new revelations about Hamas’ strategy and military preparations against Israel based on the interrogation of a Hamas operative captured by Israel in July. It also looks at Hamas’ regional charm offensive to gain legitimacy, and the important divisions within the terrorist group.

Arguments about the Iran Deal

Arguments about the Iran Deal

August 13, 2015

This Update features contributions to the intense debate still occurring about the G5+1 nuclear deal reached with Iran in mid-July – especially as the US Congress moves to vote on the agreement. In particular, it highlights some responses being offered to arguments for the deal being put forward by the US Administration and its allies.

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Video: Dr. Jonathan Fine on the role of religion in terrorism

August 11, 2015

Israeli counter-terror expert Dr. Jonathan Fine was interviewed by AIJAC in Melbourne on the role of religion in contemporary global terrorism.

Isi Leibler visits Australia

Isi Leibler visits Australia

August 10, 2015 | Glen Falkenstein

“Israel today and the Jewish people are facing challenges – that’s an understatement,” Jerusalem-based columnist Isi Leibler told a Sydney meeting last week.

Jewish Terrorism in Israel

Jewish Terrorism in Israel

August 7, 2015

Israel has been discussing and struggling with two major issues this week – what appears to be a Jewish firebombing terror attack on homes in the West Bank Palestinian town of Duma,  which left Ali Saad Dawabsha, an 18-month-old child, dead, and members of his family fighting for their lives, plus a stabbing attack on Jerusalem’s Gay Pride parade, which led to the death of a 16-year-old girl and injuries to five other people. Statements on the attacks from Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders are summarised here.

Syria Cheating on Chemical Deal/ Implication for Iran Nuclear Agreement

July 31, 2015

This Update looks at some new revelations that Syria appears to have escaped divesting itself of all its chemical weapons, as promised in a 2013 deal, and also how the Syrian case affects claims about the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated earlier this month.

ABC along with Reuters appear to back pseudo-think tank's attempt to manipulate TA stocks

ABC along with Reuters appear to back pseudo-think tank’s attempt to manipulate TA stocks

July 30, 2015 | Ahron Shapiro

On July 23, ABC Newsradio host Tracy Holmes interviewed Hugh Lovatt, the co-author of a report by the European “think tank”/NGO, the European Council on Foreign Relations, calling on Europe to impose sanctions on all Israeli banks, because they do business in the West Bank.

The interview was posted on ABC’s website under the wordy headline: “Tel Aviv’s bank index took a dive yesterday when the European Council on Foreign Relations issued a report on Israel’s settlements in the West Bank”.

That, however, is only a half-truth.

Carr's offensive ANU speech

Carr’s offensive ANU speech

July 24, 2015 | Sharyn Mittelman

Former foreign minister Bob Carr gave a speech at Australian National University (ANU) on July 14, co-hosted by the Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies and two Palestinian advocacy groups, Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine (AJPP) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). In it, he made crude and untrue comments about the “Israel lobby”, suggesting sinister undue influence by the Australian Jewish community. For example, Carr spoke in his speech of “the Israel lobby and its quite objectionable control over Australian policy.”

Questions about Iran nuclear deal inspection measures

July 24, 2015

As the debate about the JCPOA – the deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers on Iran’s nuclear program – continues, one key area of dispute on which discussion has centred is the effectiveness of the inspection mechanisms put in place to confirm Iranian compliance – especially as it relates to future allegations of Iranian clandestine nuclear work at an undeclared nuclear site.

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