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Israeli PM in Mexico and Colombia

Israeli PM in Mexico and Colombia Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made history as the first Israeli PM to visit Latin America. My earlier blog post looked at Netanyahu's historic visit to Argentina - this one reviews the Israeli PM's subsequent travels to Colombia and Mexico where friendships were reinforced and

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Israeli PM’s historic visit to Latin America

Israeli PM’s historic visit to Latin America Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Argentina on Monday - the first visit by an Israeli leader to the region since Israel's creation in 1948. Netanyahu is also visiting Colombia and Mexico before travelling to New York, where he will address the UN General Assembly. 

Biblio File: Getting Settled

Biblio File: Getting Settled Categories: Israel     Author: Evelyn Gordon

Sara Yael Hirschhorn's City on a Hilltop starts with two eminently reasonable premises. First: If you want to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you must understand Israeli settlers, since they're one of the players. Second: If you want to understand the settlers, you must move beyond the

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony

Media Microscope: Over the Balcony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Former Australian Middle East correspondent John Lyons' often one-dimensional and factually-challenged memoir, Balcony over Jerusalem, detailing his six-year stint in Israel, generated considerable TV and print coverage. Media interest homed in on the book's wild accusations that Australian Jews, i

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Essay: The Path to Self-Righteous Hatred

Essay: The Path to Self-Righteous Hatred Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Palmer

Among Palestine's progressive supporters... we are seeing a manifestation of the same perverse phenomenon George Orwell had observed among Western Stalinists at the end of the Second World War. Communism was believed by its adherents to be a more ethical and just system than capitalism and nothing C

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity

AIR New Zealand: Political drama, and policy obscurity Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

New Zealand elections have never hinged around foreign policy, and this one is no exception. This leaves Jewish Kiwis who are keen to get a handle on where prospective parties might sit with regard to Israel, rising antisemitism, and the controversy over New Zealand's co-sponsorship of one-sided an

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

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

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

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

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