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Editorial: A Meeting of Minds

Editorial: A Meeting of Minds Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

During her recent visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority at the beginning of September, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop once again put her wisdom and diplomatic skill on display in navigating the diplomatic minefields of the simmering conflict, while at the same time deftly strengthening Austra

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More Iran deal loopholes/ The war on Syria's hospitals Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates    

This Update looks at the implications of the revelation last week of a number of previously not publicly known loopholes or exceptions granted Iran in January as part of the implementation of the nuclear deal - as exposed by the the Institute for Science and International Security, a thinktank run b

Behind the News - September 2016

Behind the News - September 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Terrorism    

In the wake of the charges laid on August 4 by Israel against Muhammad el-Halabi, the head of the charity World Vision in Gaza, for allegedly diverting large amounts of aid to Hamas, Israel announced on August 9 that it had also arrested and charged a UN Development Program (UNDP) contractor, Waheed

AIR New Zealand: Controversy on Kiwi campuses

AIR New Zealand: Controversy on Kiwi campuses Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Last year a number of incidents occurred at several New Zealand universities which give cause for concern. One of these was an attempt - which failed - to block the visit, organised by the New Zealand branch of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS NZ), of two former IDF soldiers to Victor

Settlement hype, not 'activity', reaches new high

Settlement hype, not 'activity', reaches new high Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The significance of the issue of construction within Israeli settlements in the West Bank has long been overemphasised and exaggerated in international diplomacy, but White House and State Department criticism of Israel last week over construction in its West Bank settlements may just have set a new

Noted and Quoted - September 2016 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Executive Council of Australian Jewry Public Affairs Director Alex Ryvchin ridiculed Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki's declaration that Palestinians will sue Britain for the 1917 Balfour Declaration supporting a Jewish national home in Palestine. Ryvchin noted that the Declaration did

Radioactive Terrorism - the next big threat?

Radioactive Terrorism - the next big threat? Categories: International Security, Terrorism     Author: Michael Eisenstadt and Omar Mukhlis

Concerns about nonconventional terrorism at the Rio Summer Olympics, and reports that persons involved in the November 2015 Islamic State (IS) attack in Paris had conducted video surveillance of a scientist employed at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, have revived fears that terrorist groups may

Asia Watch: Own goal

Asia Watch: Own goal Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

Malaysians avidly follow football... The ultimate dream is to host the FIFA World Cup. To make this outside possibility a little more likely, in 2013 Malaysia offered and was accepted to host the 2017 FIFA Congress that will determine the host nation of the 2026 World Cup. As so often happens, poli

Explosion rocks Israeli satellite industry

Explosion rocks Israeli satellite industry Categories: China, Israel, Updates     Author: Rachel Kaye

Israel's satellite industry is in crisis after a SpaceX rocket carrying an advanced Israeli communications satellite exploded on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida last Thursday 1 September. The accident and the subsequent loss of the Israeli-built satellite has been described as a "crushing b

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Rabin's Transport Revolution comes of age

Rabin's Transport Revolution comes of age Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Having first climbed up from Jaffa in 1892, the original railroad to Jerusalem runs south of the highway to Tel Aviv. A scenic feat of engineering, it respects the topography of the Judean Mountains, entering them from Beit Shemesh, the biblical Philistines' westernmost outpost, before climbing pati

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