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While the make up of Israel’s next government remains unclear, what was striking in the aftermath of the Sept. 17 election is that Israel’s democracy remains alive and feisty.
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) expressed its deep disappointment that the extradition of Malka Leifer to face justice in Australia has been delayed yet again.
This is not the Iraq War, and dislike of Trump would be a foolish reason not to protect Australia’s interests in maritime security and the free movement of energy in the region.
Former star footballer and media commentator Dermott Brereton, AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon and St Kilda F.C. General Manager, Simon Lethlean, have paid a visit to the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne, where they were taken through the Holocaust museum by Museum Director Jayne Josem and Education Director Lisa Phillips.
Discussing the three Australians arrested in Iran, AIJAC guest Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told ABC News on Sept.13, “There is a 40-year track record, almost as old as the Islamic Republic itself, for taking foreign hostages and abusing dual nationals”.
It’s no secret that the US and Australia retain close ties, share similar security interests and political values, and have even paid the ultimate price for them in places like the Middle East. It is in the Middle East however, that one of the greatest challenges to realising that shared vision is found: Iran.
Retiring ASIO Director-General of Security Duncan Lewis recently addressed the Lowy Institute and reflected on the importance of exchanging information on security threats with...
Ensuring the free passage of the significant portion of Australia’s oil supply which is shipped through the Persian Gulf’s narrow Strait of Hormuz is obviously in our national interest.
In a full-throated denial that China is anything other than a good international citizen, lawyer and regular columnist Greg Barns denounced the US as “the greatest threat to global peace” for, amongst other things, “its long-term commitment to the serial and systemic oppression of the Palestinians by apartheid Israel.”