Presidential views of Israel

October 3, 2018 by  

The relationship between Israel and the United States has evolved over the past decades with the most important factor in this unequal partnership, being the views of the US president of the day…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Oslo 25 years on

August 22, 2018 by  

Next month it will be twenty five years since Oslo and that famous handshake on the White House lawn by Prime Minister Rabin and Chairman Arafat under the patronage of President Bill Clinton…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Israel: A new normal

July 29, 2018 by  

On the annual indexes across the globe conducted by survey agencies, Israelis consistently rate amongst the highest of nations whose citizens have the most number of complaints about life. Read more

Surreal Israel

July 3, 2018 by  

Once again, it is quite surreal being in Israel…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

“Peaceful” demonstrations…

May 23, 2018 by  

If I hear the phrase “peaceful demonstration” just one more time, I will have no hair left on my head to tear out. Read more

Israel is 70 years young

April 25, 2018 by  

Israel is 70 years young…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Gaza: an analysis

April 2, 2018 by  

Last Wednesday I was invited to a Jewish Day School to spend an hour with their Year 12 students to talk about issues related to Israel…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Political weather forecast

February 24, 2018 by  

The calm before the storm, or the storm before the calm? …writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Jerusalem revisited

January 28, 2018 by  

Quite a chain of events have been crystallising over the past few weeks indeed…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Analysing Jerusalem

December 10, 2017 by  

President Trump’s declaration and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is undeniably a major symbolic milestone and one that is to be welcomed and applauded…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Anniversary season…writes Ron Weiser

November 30, 2017 by  

The anniversaries continue. And more than a few involve Australia, and in a significant way. Read more

Beersheba notebook

November 1, 2017 by  

It is hard to describe the feelings of being in Israel at this very special moment. Particularly, that of being an Australian in Israel and more specifically, spending yesterday in Beersheba…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

My view…writes Ron Weiser

October 17, 2017 by  

President Trump continues to surprise his critics when it comes to the Middle East. He behaves in a more measured way, carrying out most of his administration’s activities behind the scenes and by maintaining different levels of pressure upon parties on all sides. Read more

September report card

September 27, 2017 by  

As we leave the Jewish calendar year of 5777 behind it is worth remembering that the three large external issues facing Israel remain unchanged and their resolution no clearer than they were at the beginning of 2017…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Trump’s foreign policy….writes Ron Weiser

August 28, 2017 by  

Notwithstanding the constant polarisation that especially his domestic words and deeds seem to generate, on some foreign policy matters President Trump seems to have very wide American support. Read more

Call for Temple Mount to not be a site for violence or incitement

July 30, 2017 by  

Fifty years ago, after recapturing the Temple Mount which also houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa mosque, Israel established the so-called “status quo” which has remained more or less unchanged since 1967. Read more

Summer in Jerusalem…writes Ron Weiser

July 1, 2017 by  

It’s pretty hard to beat walking around the streets of Jerusalem with crowds everywhere, restaurants full and a clear mixing once again of Jews and Arabs in places like the Mamilla Mall and other common seam lines as  positive signs of the political temperature cooling, if not the hot summer sun. Read more

1997 Maccabi disaster aftermath

June 19, 2017 by  

On the 14th of July 1997, 20 years ago, a bridge commissioned by Maccabi World Union (MWU) collapsed during the opening ceremony of the 15th Maccabiah Games in Ramat Gan, Israel. Read more

Love is in the Air…with apologies to John Paul Young

May 29, 2017 by  

So things are getting a little clearer after President Trump’s visit to the Middle East, a place by the way he apparently thinks does not include Israel…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

Understanding the Yoms…writes Ron Weiser

April 30, 2017 by  

This week we will be celebrating the 69th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Jewish State – Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut – preceded by Yom Hazikaron where we remember those who fell in the defence of the State of Israel. Read more

AIPAC time

March 31, 2017 by  

It’s AIPAC time again…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

The Jewish people should be able to determine their own future…writes Ron Weiser

March 1, 2017 by  

This year we will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress which took place in Basel in 1897 to consider Theodore Herzl’s plans to guide the re-establishment of the Jewish State. The third Jewish Commonwealth. Read more

What a difference a month makes…writes Ron Weiser

January 30, 2017 by  

By now I am not sure if anyone even remembers UN Security Council Resolution 2334 passed on the 23rd of December when the US chose not to exercise its veto. Read more

Did Amona play a role in the U.N. settlements vote?…asks Ron Weiser

December 27, 2016 by  

Over the past month or so Israel’s  Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman have cautioned members of their own government against making any rash statements or legislative proposals in anticipation of what President-elect Trump might or might not give a green light to next year, in order to avoid inciting President Obama in his last few weeks in office. Read more

Trump and Israel…writes Ron Weiser

December 1, 2016 by  

Since his election, Donald Trump has said remarkably little on Israel at all. Read more

Own Goals…write Ron Weiser

October 26, 2016 by  

The Chagim have passed and yet the month did not go by without some notable events that affect Israel in the international arena. Read more

Netanyahu at the UN…writes Ron Weiser

September 29, 2016 by  

Whilst this opinion piece around PM Netanyahu’s speech to the UN was written before the passing of Shimon Peres z”l it would be a gross omission to not acknowledge the life of one of the most important figures of our time. Read more

Leadership comes in various forms…writes Ron Weiser

August 30, 2016 by  

Just over a week ago saw the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 10th Biennial Jewish Educators’ Conference. Hundreds of participants gathered for a unique event in the Jewish world. Read more

To the French, terror is not terror when directed against Israelis

July 29, 2016 by  

As in any complex and multi layered situation one cannot expect to become an expert on anything in a few short days…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

The end of democracy…writes Ron Weiser

May 26, 2016 by  

“The end of democracy” trumpeted the headlines. Read more

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