Ed: 43: May/2018
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.