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Asia Watch: Staging Points

Asia Watch: Staging Points Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

The heightened activism has many regional analysts concerned that IS-affiliated militants are set to infiltrate and exploit the ongoing sectarian violence in Myanmar, as they are now referencing the conflict in IS media channels.

Israel and the UN: A new page?

Israel and the UN: A new page? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Gareth Narunsky

In September 2016, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stood at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly and declared that "Israel has a bright future at the UN". He also declared "the war against Israel at the UN is over" and that "a decade from now an Israeli prime minister will st

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Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel?

Is an independent Kurdistan finally about to be born? And if so, what does it mean for Israel? Categories: International Jewry, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Despite being delayed several times before, Iraqi Kurdistan is now set to vote in an independence referendum on 25 September 2017. The Kurdish people are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, at approximately 30 million people. They speak "various dialects of their own language, Kurdi

Bibi's legal travails deepen

Bibi's legal travails deepen Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Facing multiple police investigations and now also the enlistment by police of a state witness against him, on Aug. 9, an embattled Binyamin Netanyahu fronted 3,000 members of his Likud party who flocked from across the country to the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. They heard him deliver a Trump-like diatrib

Scribblings: Non-sequiturs on Gaza's water problems

Scribblings: Non-sequiturs on Gaza's water problems Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

While some of the claims one often hears about Gaza from UN and aid agencies are exaggerated, it is not a pleasant place to live and likely to get worse. The biggest problem is water - Gaza's water table has been over-pumped, allowing salt to creep into it and making most of the water unfit for dome

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The Last Word: White Offs

The Last Word: White Offs Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, United States     Author: Jeremy Jones

Let me be quite clear - whether or not Jews had been an issue, the far-right demonstrators were repulsive, repugnant and reprehensible. Amongst my personal acquaintances who I have discovered attended the counter protest were Muslims, Christians and Jews, international students and locals, the young

Israel, the Palestinians and the "Tide of History"

Israel, the Palestinians and the "Tide of History" Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Eran Lerman

I've heard people in Australia, including people of former prominence, offering the suggestion that if you do not run with the pack on a pro-Palestinian agenda, you're running against the tide of history. The exact opposite is the case. In reality, Israel is now running through a fairly incredible

Partners in Innovation

Partners in Innovation Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Ross Beroff

The Australian Government has an innovation agenda, and Israel, a small country halfway around the world may be the key to the goals of that agenda coming to fruition. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald (May 16, 2016) noted that, "it might not be a well-known fact in Australia, but Israel has

Europe and the Thousand-Headed Monster

Europe and the Thousand-Headed Monster Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Eyal Zisser

Barcelona is not just any other city in Europe. It's not London, Paris or Berlin, where ISIS terrorists have already carried out mass attacks claiming the lives of dozens of innocent civilians. Barcelona is part of Spain, which holds special status in the eyes of the Islamic State group.

Killers in Cars

Killers in Cars Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Col. Richard Kemp & Arsen Ostrovsky

Shortly after the horrific terror attack in Barcelona on August 17, which claimed the lives of 14 people including seven-year old Australian Julian Cadman, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said terrorism is Europe's main problem "right now"... Jihadists have been waging terror in Europe for yea

Editorial: The Terrorism Connection

Editorial: The Terrorism Connection Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In June, the South Australian Legislative Assembly passed a one-sided resolution, proposed by Labor MP Tony Piccolo, calling on the Australian Government to recognise the State of Palestine. The resolution pointed the finger at settlements as being a "major obstacle to peace", and said not a word a

Israeli secrets of longevity

Israeli secrets of longevity Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel was home to the world's oldest living man, Israel Kristal, who passed away on Friday August 11 aged 113 years and 330 days. Mr Kristal was a Holocaust survivor who was born in Poland on 15 September 1903. The secret to Mr Kristal's longevity is a mystery - but it could possibly be Israel itse

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