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Russia, Israel and the Trump-Putin Summit

The meeting in Helsinki between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been surrounded by controversy...  However, the two leaders were also apparently able to discuss some mutual interests, including a common concern for the security of Israel

New revelations from Iran’s nuclear archive: Iran was closer to a...

Over the past few days, the New York Times, Washington Post and other major international news outlets have published  additional significant information that Israel has publicly revealed drawn from the vast trove of Iranian nuclear documents

Developments in southern Syria

Today's Update looks at the latest developments in southern Syria, as the Assad regime, with the vital assistance of Russia and Iran, moves to retake the area around Daraa and Quneitra, near Israel's border. The ongoing Iranian presence in Syria is a major security challenge for Israel, and there is ongoing tension between the two countries.

Isaac Herzog on the peace prospects, Iran, recognition of Palestinian state

Israeli Opposition leader Isaac Herzog spoke to AIJAC about prospects for peace, containing a nuclear Iran and counter-productive proposals to recognise a Palestinian state.

Behind the News – July 2018

Large protests took place in Ramallah starting June 10, with protesters demanding that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas lift harsh sanctions against Gaza

Essay: The War of Return

I grew up believing that the Arabs beyond the Green Line – the Palestinians – were like the Israelis, and similarly wanted no more or less than did Zionism: the right to run their own lives and be masters of their own fate in part of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Noted and Quoted – July 2018

Channel Nine’s “60 Minutes’” latest Israel bashing report titled “Unholy real estate”, broadcast on May 20, followed a well-worn template... The report from Tom Steinfort blamed the on-going conflict almost wholly on settlement construction. 

Asia Watch: It’s sensitive

Following in the footsteps of his esteemed predecessor, NU Secretary-General Yahya Cholil Staquf has completed a four-day visit to Israel... Yahya insisted he was continuing Wahid’s mission to foster world peace and that that he had not broken faith with Indonesia’s traditionally strong support for the Palestinian cause.

A Changing UN General Assembly?: UN condemns use of human shields

On June 26, the UN General Assembly, in a first, amended its Global Counter Terrorism Strategy to condemn the use of civilians as human shields...

Media Microscope: A Matter of Priorities

In contrast to the tepid response to Hamas’ war crime, Israel’s killing of a Palestinian medic during the riots saw the ABC spring into action, filing several website and TV reports on the incident