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Ed: 43: May/2018

Noted and Quoted - May 2018

Noted and Quoted – May 2018

ABC radio host Ali Moore's interview with regular guest Scott Burchill was an embarrassing display of intellectual fecklessness on her part and typical anti-Western, anti-Israel claptrap by him.

Biblio File: The Book of Binyamin

Biblio File: The Book of Binyamin

Anshel Pfeffer's Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu dispassionately chronicles the many successes and failures that have so far characterised the personal and political life of Israel's charismatic yet divisive leader.

The Watchers on the Border

The Watchers on the Border

From an air-conditioned operations room with many big screens, the IDF's Gaza Division observers have been managing one of the more complex tasks the Southern Command has faced amid Hamas' border fence protests campaign over the recent weeks - identifying suspects coming near the border fence.

A stunning economic success story

A stunning economic success story

Israel's economic growth has been the fastest in the developed world so far this century. Public debt, at 59% of GDP, is lower than in Germany, Britain, France and the US. Inflation and unemployment, 0.4% and 4% respectively, are among the lowest in the world; the shekel is stronger than the dollar, the euro, and the pound...

Asia Watch: Rematch looms

Asia Watch: Rematch looms

There is a sense of déjà vu surrounding Indonesia's coming presidential election, which is now less than a year away - April 17, 2019. Incumbent President Joko Widodo will likely again face off against former army general, son-in-law of Suharto, wealthy businessman and perennial player Prabowo Subianto. Yet the ground has shifted repeatedly since their first presidential bout in 2015, with both political camps enjoying periods of ascendancy.

AIR New Zealand: Room for improvement

AIR New Zealand: Room for improvement

When talking to community representatives, the continuing importance of Israel to Jewish New Zealanders is inescapable. They cite deep-rooted religious and historic links, family connections, and growing business and academic interests as evidence of this. But they also see Israel as being an intrinsic part of the community's Jewish identity...

Behind the News - May 2018

Behind the News – May 2018

A report published in late March 2018 about the Palestinian Authority (PA) exposed corruption at the highest levels. In its annual report, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity found widespread corruption and lack of transparency and accountability in the PA during 2017.

Celebrating 70 Years of Democracy and Debate

Celebrating 70 Years of Democracy and Debate

Seventy years after declaring independence, Israel is (by one reckoning) the world's tenth oldest continuous democracy. It had universal suffrage from its first day - yes, Arab citizens too, and it has continued to operate without military coups, civil wars, or suspension of elections to this day, surviving even the assassination of a prime minister.

Media Microscope: Anti-Jew diligence

Media Microscope: Anti-Jew diligence

March/April felt like a turning point in the mainstream media reporting on the recrudescence in global antisemitism.

This year, with Passover and Good Friday - a date freighted with historic instances of anti-Jewish libels and violence - coinciding, ABC Radio National "Breakfast" (March 30) decided to run a program on Christian Zionism featuring high profile British antisemite Reverend Stephen Sizer.

A relationship 70 years young

A relationship 70 years young

The relationship between two young, geographically distant, geopolitically different and historically divergent countries - Australia and Israel - has been the result of constant work, effort and perseverance.

Overall, this unique relationship has been one of shared values and the result of the strongest of links at political, diplomatic and community levels.