IN THE MEDIA

Ehud Yaari to AIJAC Webinar: Gantz move no surprise, will be popular 

Apr 1, 2020 | AIJAC staff

Ehud Yaari 1024x682

April 1, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) inaugurated a Webinar series recently with a briefing by AIJAC Fellow and senior Israeli journalist and leading commentator Ehud Yaari on recent developments in Israeli politics, as that country moves closer to forming a national unity government.

Yaari, speaking from his home in Israel, told the audience that Blue and White’s leader Benny Gantz’s decision to defy half of his own his party and pursue a national unity government with Binyamin Netanyahu and the Likud came as no surprise. It was the least bad option available to Gantz once it became clear that a narrow, left-wing government was impossible.

Moreover, Yaari added, a national unity government between Likud and a large segment of Blue and White would be popular with the majority of Israelis and would also likely lead to a more centrist direction for Israeli politics, because the religious and hard-right parties would be less influential.

Yaari said that, for example, he did not expect the new government to annex the Jordan Valley or settlements anytime soon as hinted at in the Trump peace plan, and overall a centrist mainstream approach to Palestinians would be likely to prevail, thanks to Gantz’s influence. However, he did stress that no one in the Israeli mainstream, including Gantz, sees any hope of resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority anytime soon.

Regarding Israel’s response to the coronavirus threat, Yaari said that the economic situation within Israel is undoubtedly dire, with around 24% unemployment already. However, thanks to strong economic management under the recent Netanyahu governments, and some US$150 billion in foreign reserves accumulated by the Bank of Israel it can now draw on, Israel was well-placed to weather the storm.

He also stressed that Israel’s efforts to maintain and develop ties with neighbouring Arab states are continuing apace and are unlikely to falter despite the current crisis.

Yaari reported on the mutual interest between Israel and the Palestinians in preventing the spread of coronavirus, with everyone on both sides recognising that for purposes of battling the pandemic  Israel and the West Bank cannot be separated and must be treated as a single entity. This has led to some of the best security cooperation ever between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, with even the situation between Israel and Gaza somewhat improving. However, Yaari warned that, while the Palestinians are mostly following Israeli guidelines, there are serious doubts about the ability of the Palestinian Authority security forces to enforce social-distancing rules in many areas.

A large online audience of AIJAC supporters, community members and journalists participated in the socially–distanced gathering, utilising the Zoom webinar platform. Following Yaari’s initial briefing, members of the audience were given the opportunity to direct questions to the speaker.

The briefing with Yaari is the first in a series of periodic AIJAC Webinars, featuring exclusive interviews and online forums with experts, commentators and analysts in Israel, the United States and elsewhere, as AIJAC continues its commitment to fulfilling its role as a premier public affairs and information organisation for the Australian Jewish community.

AIJAC’s next Webinar on April 3 will feature prominent Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) analyst Dr Jonathan Schanzer via video-linkup from Washington DC, who will be discussing “Iranian imperialism under the cover of COVID-19”. For information on how to attend, please contact aijac@aijac.org.au

Tags:

RELATED ARTICLES


The first  documented image of an Iranian Shahed-136 (Geranium-2 in Russian) in Ukraine. Unlike most of its allies, Australia has yet to even condemn Iran for providing such weapons to Russia, much less impose sanctions (source: Twitter/@kms_d4k)

Australia’s inaction on Iran sends a dangerous message to China

Nov 16, 2022 | Featured, In the media
Image: Pinterest

A scandalous World Cup

Nov 16, 2022 | Featured, In the media
Image: Roman Yanushevsky/ Shutterstock)

A deep dive into the Israeli election results

Nov 10, 2022 | Featured, In the media
Image: Twitter

Australia should assist the struggling women of Iran  

Nov 8, 2022 | Featured, In the media
Screen Shot 2022 11 04 At 10.53.06 Am

Israeli elections – Colin Rubenstein on Sky News’ Bolt Report

Nov 4, 2022 | Featured, In the media
Screen Shot 2022 11 03 At 3.17.19 Pm

Good or bad? Benjamin Netanyahu likely to regain power in Israel – AIJAC’s Ran Porat on Ticker News

Nov 3, 2022 | Featured, In the media

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

Left to Right: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

The Russo-Iranian alliance comes to Europe

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi (source: Dean_Calma)

UN nuclear watchdog head’s shocking statement on Iran

(Photo: Shutterstock)

The World Cup and Qatar’s Hypocrisy

Image: Twitter

New Government will confront terror wave 

Anti-Zionism is no longer being ignored in New Zealand (Image: Alamy Stock photo)

AIR New Zealand: Disinformation report prompts anti-Zionism debate

Left to Right: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

The Russo-Iranian alliance comes to Europe

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi (source: Dean_Calma)

UN nuclear watchdog head’s shocking statement on Iran

(Photo: Shutterstock)

The World Cup and Qatar’s Hypocrisy

Image: Twitter

New Government will confront terror wave 

Anti-Zionism is no longer being ignored in New Zealand (Image: Alamy Stock photo)

AIR New Zealand: Disinformation report prompts anti-Zionism debate

SORT BY TOPICS