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The EU, the Trump Administration, and Iran

Update from AIJAC Update 08/18 #03   With the Trump Administration announcing the formation of a new Iran Action Group and the EU recently issuing a statement doubling...

Europa Europa: From Helsinki to Damascus

US President Donald Trump was reviled by critics following the Helsinki summit with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, last month. Lost in translation was Trump’s assertion that the two men are planning to do “certain things with respect to Syria that have to do with the safety of Israel."

Under Pressure

The decision by US President Donald Trump to pull his country out of the Iran nuclear deal in early May has already wreaked widespread economic damage on Iranians.

Gaza’s Economy, Gaza Violence / Bibi’s Europe Trip

This Update features two pieces on the difficult economic situation in Gaza – and the postulated link between that economic situation and the violence which has emanated from Gaza, plus a look at Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's major trip to Europe this week to meet with the leaders of Germany, France and the UK.

The misguided campaign against visiting Middle East expert Daniel Pipes

AIJAC's Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein responds to the vicious campaign waged against Middle East expert Dr. Daniel Pipes, during his recent speaking tour of Australia as a guest of AIJAC.

Jewish world and Poland have common concern in having historical truth...

Jeremy Jones, Director of International and of Community Affairs of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council and Poland's newly appointed Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Michal Kolodzieski, met in Sydney today for a "full, frank and constructive" discussion on Polish-Jewish relations and the recent Polish legislation on "defamation of the Polish Nation".

The Last Word: Vienna variations

The title of the conference, "An End to Antisemitism!", was in and of itself a topic of much discussion. French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy asserted that the only part of it he agreed with was the exclamation mark, while others even questioned this, proffering a question mark as an alternative.

The fallout from Poland’s controversial new law on the Holocaust

In recent years, Poland has become one of Israel's best friends in Europe. However, that relationship appears to have been badly fractured with Poland's President Andrzej Duda signing a bill into law on Feb. 6 which calls for prison terms for people blaming Poland as a nation for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany.

Biblio File: Revisionism revisited

Heller's book on Jabotinsky and the Eastern European roots of Revisionist Zionism is a vital contribution. The miracle is that he has given us a wonderfully well researched, finely nuanced and deeply informative history, rather than an ideological polemic.

Austria and Israel’s dilemma

Israel has not yet clearly reacted to the elections in Austria that will likely catapult the far-right Freedom Party into the government, but this outcome poses a clear challenge to Jerusalem: Should it engage with European far-right parties if they become a part of a government?

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