Ed: 43: June/2018
The vast range of his humanist erudition, his mastery of difficult languages, and his command of every nuance of English, inspired veneration and envy. Bernard tended kindly to generations of students, rewarded friendship with loyalty, imparted his wisdom to statesmen, and fought many good fights. He loved his adopted country, America, and his ancestral land, Israel. And he had an abiding respect and empathy for the civilisation of Islam.
As Israel celebrated its 70 years of independence, the nation took stock of its achievements - from democratic milestones to cinematic, political, security and artistic breakthroughs.
So it is very fitting that a new book lays out how Israeli technologies are making a global impact.
ABC Radio National "Breakfast" host Hamish Macdonald was adamant that he knew Israel's response on May 14 was unjustified.
According to several sources, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince and de facto ruler Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) reportedly told American Jewish leaders during a closed-door meeting with them on March 27, "It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining."
In the best tradition of dictatorial Arab regimes, obscurity has descended upon the state of health of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who was hospitalised in Ramallah on May 20.
"A new era has dawned for Malaysian politics." Such is the flavour of the commentary greeting the shock election defeat of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition after 61 years of uninterrupted rule. But it is too early to tell how deeply things will change as the familiar figures of Dr. Mahathir Mohammed and (soon) Anwar Ibrahim return to leadership under the banner of reform and rejuvenation.
Now the eyes of British Jews are also turning to the sliver of land in the eastern Mediterranean. Not that they have experienced the level of violence comparable to those across the Channel, but there is an unmistakable change in the air. Over the past two years, since the hard-left seized the reins of Britain's Labour Party, the dogs of hate have slipped the leash and antisemitism has become acceptable again
Media bias against Israel and those who support it was the subject of much comment during May, with particular attention paid to the ABC and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Organisers of the campaign noted on more than one occasion that the goal of the march was to breach the border and advance on Israeli communities in the area, even at the cost of Palestinian lives.
Palestinian Arabs are human beings, which means they are possessed of free will, agency, and the natural capacity to reason like any other people. This basic, incontestable anthropological reality needs to be frequently restated today since our media and foreign-policy establishment has apparently concluded the opposite.