Ed: 41: December/2016
It would be reckless to predict what Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election portends for the US-Israel relationship because it would be reckless to predict what Trump's victory means for America itself.
There are a few trends worth keeping our eyes on, however.
Donald Trump said some extreme and ridiculous things on the campaign trial on his way to winning the US Presidency - but some coverage is treating as extreme and ridiculous something he said which is not only sensible but completely mainstream. This is his promise to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Since Implementation Day in January 2016, the IAEA reports have become very thin - almost devoid of technical details and key information on Iran's nuclear program. Full reports must be reinstated if the IAEA is to regain its reputation of openness, transparency and comprehensiveness.
Palestinian political analysts predict that the Fatah conference will deepen divisions among the faction's rival camps, particularly in the wake of Abbas' continued efforts to eliminate his critics.
Abbas, they say, decided to convene the parley in a bid to tighten his grip on Fatah and block the emergence of new leaders.
In Indonesia recently, I had reason to reflect on bigotry, particularly as it relates to problems of terrorism, extremism and threats to civilised societies.
My first engagement was in Jakarta, at the 6th World Peace Forum (WPF) - hosted by the Indonesian Muslim organisation Muhammadiyah, the related Centre for Dialogue and Cooperation amongst Civilisations and a Malaysian NGO, the Cheng Ho Trust. This brought together politicians, religious leaders, scholars, activists and bureaucrats from more than forty countries, including the USA, Russia, Pakistan, Australia, India, Tunisia, Nigeria and Japan.
Change sweeping across the Middle East has prompted several Sunni Arab states to engage more closely with Israel. Shared strategic threats - the grow Binyamin Netanyahu kept a straight face as news of Donald Trump's victory astonished the world.
The Islamic State, whose main slogan in Arabic is Baqiya watatamadad (remaining and expanding), has in reality been contracting since the high point of its advance in the autumn of 2014. Its eventual demise, at least as a quasi-state entity, is assured.
But Syria is host not only to the war against ISIS, but to a series of other, interlocking conflicts.
Defence cooperation between Australian and Israel has taken a major step forward with the release late last month of a joint report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Israel-based Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA).
The report, "The Wattle and the Olive", was co-written by ASPI Senior Analyst Anthony Bergin and BESA's Director Efraim Inbar and released at the second annual Be'er Sheva Dialogue, held this year in Sydney on November 1.
It is pleasing to note that President-elect Trump has noticeably adopted a more inclusive and conciliatory tone after what has been a very divisive election, which we hope will continue.
This is well, because the world urgently needs the US to remain a beacon of democracy over coming years and for the next US administration to swiftly develop and pursue a constructive and fully engaged foreign policy...