Almost a month in – Israel’s latest government

July 8, 2021 by  

And they said it couldn’t last……… Read more

The closing of an era?

June 10, 2021 by  

Barring last-minute surprises, this Sunday will see the closing of an era. Read more

The Kashrut of Israeli politics

May 6, 2021 by  

Fifty years ago this year, I first joined the Zionist Council of NSW as a youth movement representative and in all of these years, I have never written an article or opinion piece about kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) or more particularly, kosher certification. Until now. Read more

73rd birthday and 73% of Israel’s population is Jewish

April 22, 2021 by  

Israel at 73 years, an amazing feat. Read more

Israeli election: First thoughts

March 24, 2021 by  

Whilst this is being written immediately post-election with incomplete results, there are a few things we can say. Read more

Will Netanyahu be caught in a downpour?

February 17, 2021 by  

Predicting the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as Prime Minister of Israel is like predicting the coming of rain during a drought. You know it has to come sometime, but the question is when? Read more

Netanyahu: the politician, the man

January 11, 2021 by  

Prime Minister Netanyahu has suddenly shifted the goalposts and his political future may depend on how his imaginative and daring initiative shapes up. Read more

Political parties, political games

December 16, 2020 by  

Although it is Chanukah, it very much seems as if we are witnessing a Purim spiel in two arenas. Read more

The upcoming administration

November 19, 2020 by  

President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu have both spoken with President-elect Joe Biden and for the first time have referred to him with that descriptor. Read more

Understanding contemporary Mid-East politics

October 23, 2020 by  

Direct Etihad passenger flights to Israel; the formation of Kosher Arabia which will apparently make it easier to get kosher food in Abu Dhabi and Dubai than in Sydney or Melbourne; a public sukkah in front of the world-famous Burj Khalifa Tower; and normalisation with Sudan around the corner. Read more

The two faces of Israel

September 15, 2020 by  

It’s quite amazing how the State of Israel at this moment in time, has become a mirror image of the two sides of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s operating styles. Read more

Zionism is in good shape

August 9, 2020 by  

Almost everywhere one turns today, there are debates about the condition Zionism is in. Read more

Two worlds in Israel

July 26, 2020 by  

In Israel we currently see two worlds clashing. Read more

Two leaders, two styles

June 22, 2020 by  

It would be hard to find two more contrasting leadership styles than those of Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister/Prime Minister in waiting, Benny Gantz. Read more

Annexation: who will play the lead roles?

May 24, 2020 by  

We stand just weeks after celebrating that the Balfour Declaration of 1917 moved from a statement of British intent to the legal process of affirmation of the Jewish Homeland at the San Remo Conference in April 1920 – and its then formal ratification by the League of Nations. Read more

A look at the upcoming Knesset

May 11, 2020 by  

Well, if nothing changes between now and Wednesday, we will finally see an actual Israeli government being sworn in. Read more

Unprecedented

April 5, 2020 by  

When people discussed the need for Israel to finally form some sort of unity government after three election attempts in order to deal with real matters of government, almost no-one imagined that as Bill Gates had predicted already in 2015 – the next danger facing mankind would not be something as big as a nuclear bomb, but rather something as small as the coronavirus. Read more

Election number three – What was different?

March 7, 2020 by  

Exit polls, having twice underestimated Prime Minister Netanyahu and his block’s number of Knesset seats in April 2019 and September 2019, now overestimated them. Read more

The ‘Deal of the Century’ – the Weiser view

February 10, 2020 by  

There has been a consistent pattern to the “peace process” for 100 years from when the Palestine Arab Executive Committee met in 1921 and declared – “Either us or the Zionists. There is no room for both” Read more

Image and perception – beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

January 22, 2020 by  

Devastating drought and bushfires in Australia and extreme flooding in Israel. Read more

A disappointing end to 2019

December 12, 2019 by  

Well, the unthinkable has happened. Read more

It’s always great to be in Israel

November 6, 2019 by  

It’s always great to be in Israel. Read more

On Israel’s dependence on USA, its next PM and a report on settlements

October 16, 2019 by  

Just as it is wrong of those who criticise everything President Trump says and does just because it comes from him, likewise it is wrong for his supporters to blindly praise or try and explain away, a very poor decision and/or action. Read more

The Israeli election: as I see it

September 19, 2019 by  

It seems that in those countries where conservatives win elections, opinion polls and exit polling are proving less accurate. Think about Trump in the US, or Morrison here in Australia. Or Israel. Perhaps conservative voters are less likely to publicise their intentions. Read more

In a class of his own

August 28, 2019 by  

We are seeing a rerun of the April 2019 Israeli elections but with one big difference, this time round we will have a government formed. Read more

“Either us or the Zionists. There is no room for both.”

August 6, 2019 by  

The Palestinians have only themselves to blame for unifying the bulk of the Israeli public and for not being a hot issue of division in the forthcoming Israeli elections. Read more

Bleak future for Jewish Europe and life goes on in Israel

July 12, 2019 by  

The amazing thing about coming to Israel, perhaps especially in summer, is that for all of the fears that people outside of Israel have for her, apparently Israelis themselves are not troubled nearly as much as her supporters overseas are. Read more

Zionism

May 20, 2019 by  

It’s a difficult time for pollsters. Read more

Post-election thoughts

April 17, 2019 by  

In the end, the people of Israel voted for Prime Minister Netanyahu “Mr Security-Mr Statesman,” over Bibi with all of his human shortcomings. Read more

Hard to call

April 1, 2019 by  

These elections are perhaps the most interesting in recent times, even though there are really only two candidates running. Read more

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