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On Dec. 8, the UN Security Council convened an "extraordinary debate" to discuss the US Trump Administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
This seems like an "extraordinary" thing to do. Why would the Security Council, whose primary role is overseeing the "maintenance of international peace and security" need to discuss the fact that one country recognised another country's capital?
US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital did not whip up quite the furore in the Arab and Muslim street envisioned by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and head of Hamas' political bureau Ismail Haniyeh.
The Arab street's reaction, in fact - as seen in a multitude of Muslim countries the world over - was relatively moderate and subdued...
Since the 2011 outbreak of what some still call with macabre humour the "Arab Spring", a bloody civil war has raged in Yemen, a war that has cost the lives of 10,000 civilians to date. This civil war is perhaps the least reported of all the upheavals to have engulfed the Arab world in the past six years
The Israeli army's discovery on Dec. 10 of a Hamas attack tunnel dug into Israeli territory in the Western Negev - the second such find in six weeks - reflects a shift in the military balance between Israel and Hamas.
An examination of Arabic media in Australia over recent months has revealed that... antisemitic content and anti-Israel conspiracy theories are being actively promoted by various print and electronic media outlets operating in Arabic.
Particularly concerning is material that has been broadcast on the community based and partly government-funded radio station 3ZZZ in Melbourne...
Enough with the pearl-clutching already. US President Donald Trump's statement on Dec. 6 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is more bipartisan than anything he has ever said and likely ever will say as president.
Imagine if no other country would accept Canberra as the capital of Australia. We have our parliament, all government ministries, the High Court there, but to placate a neighbour with more international support, and a habit of issuing violent threats, no country will acknowledge that Canberra is the capital. Instead, they all locate their embassies in Melbourne, and insist the capital is there.
That, in a nutshell, is Israel's situation...
On Dec. 6, in a 13 minute, 1,200 word speech, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Although he promised a departure from failed policies of the past and sought to put his imprimatur on the peace process, much of the speech he gave was based on careful wording intended not to upset the status quo too much.