Home Ed: 33: January/2008

Ed: 33: January/2008

Editorial: After Annapolis, The Work Begins

In a welcome development, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) successfully relaunched Middle East peace negotiations at November's Annapolis conference. The United States, the conference host, worked extremely hard to secure the attendance of the parties and much of the international community - including 16 members of the Arab League.

Scribblings: NIE Detractors

It has been widely reported that Israeli security and intelligence officials dispute the latest American National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran, which says Iran suspended its military nuclear program in 2003.

AIR New Zealand: Grave Matters

In October, a Jewish cemetery in Wellington was desecrated. Again. Like many Jewish New Zealanders, when I heard about the latest attack I had a sad sense of deja vu. This sort of thing should not, and is not meant to, happen in our "fair go for all", egalitarian country. But it does.

The Diplomatic Channel

The November 27 Arab-Israeli diplomatic event in Annapolis began and ended in just nine hours, and the media have moved quickly on to other things. But this was a significant event, not a one-day wonder.

Canberra and Jerusalem: A New Era begins

A change of government always ushers in new emphases, personnel, policies and preferences. AIR therefore sought the views of a number of knowledgeable and interested figures in Australia and Israel, asking them both to evaluate the current state of Australia-Israel relations and assess how the new Rudd Government might affect the current state of affairs.

The NIE and the Iranian Bomb

The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released at the beginning of December, "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities", is about weaponisation, not the enrichment and fuel cycle issues that have been the focus of multiple UN Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board resolutions regarding Iran?s nuclear program.

The Last Word: Youth: Faithful and Empowered

To meet Luluk Nur Hamidah is to be impressed. A dynamic, irrepressible academic, poet and political activist with Indonesia?s - and most likely the world?s - largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama, Luluk expressed opinions on virtually every topic raised at the inaugural Youth Interfaith Forum in Perth in December, with passion and an overwhelming commitment to democratic values and interfaith cooperation.

Media Microscope: NIE News is Exaggerated

To the extent that Iran is today less committed to nuclear weapons than previously, this can be seen as vindication of US policies in the region since 2001. However, some news services overlooked these aspects in all the excitement.