Meddling with Israel’s security, Biden is also dangerously interfering with UK governance

Israel isn’t the only country that’s having to cope with a U.S. administration threatening to undermine its security. Read more

Anticipated agendas

June 11, 2021 by  

Last Shabbat as the weekly portion of the Torah, Shelach, was being read I couldn’t help thinking about the uncanny similarities between the scouts who rubbished the Promised Land and today’s denigrators. Read more

Hate Signalling

June 11, 2021 by  

I have a love-hate relationship with the New York Review of Books. 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

A three-stage plan for the permanent reconstruction of Gaza

June 9, 2021 by  

Moments after another round of fighting on the Gaza border, the world awakes once more to a mission that repeats itself every few years: the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip. Read more

Why the Shin Bet chief isn’t so hush-hush anymore

June 9, 2021 by  

Enemies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were relieved, if not thrilled, when Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman broke his organization’s customary silence to bemoan the behaviour of those virulently opposing the makeup of the coalition-in-formation. Read more

Will you defend the right of your opponent to denounce you?

It turns out that there is at least one person in Israel who actually believes in freedom of speech. Read more

From Australia’s Jewish Past: Jewish Businessman who shaped the Colony

June 8, 2021 by  

George Judah Cohen was known as an Australian nonagenarian. Read more

What sort of government are Lapid and Bennett forming?

June 8, 2021 by  

The storm of controversy now engulfing Israel revolves around one question. What sort of government do Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett intend to swear in? Read more

Ex-Marine commander: Western countries to see adversaries employ Hamas, Hezbollah tactics

Future adversaries of Western states might now be encouraged to use similar tactics as those employed by Hamas and Hezbollah against Israel, a senior former American military commander has warned. Read more

Birthdays and being Jewish

Is it OK for Jews to celebrate birthdays?   Ask the rabbi. Read more

The price of friendship with Biden’s Washington

June 7, 2021 by  

In a week of unprecedented political upheaval, it’s hard to pay attention to anything other than what is before our face. Read more


June 7, 2021 by  

This week’s cartoon…Gazablanca School Dance Read more

On the other hand

June 6, 2021 by  

Now that the missiles from Gaza have ceased (at least until the next round) and post corona life is returning to normal good news can start flowing again. Read more

As underwater threats proliferate, autonomous Israeli sea vessel stands guard

During the recent escalation between Hamas and Israel, the terrorist organization based in the Gaza Strip launched an ambitious attempt to damage a critical Israeli infrastructure target. Read more

What can a sceptical world expect from Naftali Bennett?

This isn’t the way he planned on becoming prime minister of Israel. Read more

Israel’s dysfunctional Government cannot survive

June 6, 2021 by  

An amalgam of eight leaders trading insults and denigrating each other – whilst their parties have adopted policies that are totally irreconcilable on critical issues – is not the foundation for any stable Government – especially in Israel – whose enemies will become increasingly emboldened following the announcement of a cobbled-together Israeli Government comprising very different bedfellows. Read more

Faced with a tsunami of antisemitism, Diaspora Jews still cling to their bubble

The tsunami of antisemitism over the past few weeks is the work of an axis of anti-Jewish evil that spans continents and has the whole Jewish world in its cross-hairs in both Israel and the Diaspora. Read more

How did Hamas become the darling of the West?

June 4, 2021 by  

In February 2009, I wrote an essay about a symposium at UCLA that marked the beginning of Hamas’s penetration into academic circles…writes Judea Pearl. Read more

The growing cost of anti-Israel media bias

For one of The New York Times’ most devoted readers, the front-page spread published on May 28 essentially accusing Israel of murdering Palestinian children was the final straw. Read more

Philip Roth

June 4, 2021 by  

Philip Roth (1933-2018) was one of the most successful American novelists. Read more

Blinken blunders and other balagan

June 4, 2021 by  

For those uninitiated in the nuances of modern Israeli discourse, balagan loosely translated means chaos or fiasco. Read more

What does a Bennett-Lapid government mean?

June 3, 2021 by  

Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid and Yamina Party head Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday that they have secured an agreement to form Israel’s next government, thereby likely ending the 12-year consecutive term of Benjamin Netanyahu as the country’s prime minister…writes David Isaac. Read more

The tragedy of Benjamin Netanyahu

It didn’t have to end this way. In what may be only a matter of days, Benjamin Netanyahu’s unprecedented 12-year-run as prime minister of Israel looks to be coming to an end. Read more

Amid internal debate, Hamas trying to reopen offices in Damascus

June 3, 2021 by  

A series of events and developments, accompanied by reports in the Arab and especially Lebanese media, indicate Hamas’ intention to renew its relations with the Syrian regime in Damascus after 10 years of severing ties. Read more

IDF seeks to fast-track revolutionary approach to lessening future rocket fire

The Israel Defence Forces are seeking to fast-track a new system designed to remove Hamas’s ability to terrorize the Israeli home front with mass rocket attacks in future conflicts. Read more

From Australia’s Past: Jewish businessmen who shaped the colony

Samuel Cohen arrived in Sydney in 1833 aged 21 with an English history dating back to the time of Cromwell and to Spain and the Expulsion. Read more

The strategic consequences of Bennett’s megalomania

June 1, 2021 by  

There is little point at this stage of the game in mentioning the depths of moral depravity and treachery into which Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked have descended. Read more

A chat with Peter Wertheim

ECAJ Co-CEO Peter Wertheim advocates for Israel, as the “voice of Australian Jewry” through the roof body of over 200 Jewish organisations across Australia, the Executive of Australian Jewry. Read more

Can you forgive a war criminal?

Ask the rabbi? Read more

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