Reversal of Fortune

Sol Salby blogs the following– In the United States we have had a situation over a long time that opinion polls and elections results reflected a very liberal Jewish opinion while community leadership was dominated by the conservatives especially on...

Can Hamas be part of the political process?

Bitter Lemons http://www.bitterlemons.org/ is an example of a website that can offer reasoned debate over controversial issues. Given the controversy over Hamas (a terrorist organisation or a legitimate political force?), the opinions expressed in a recent issue (July...

A nuclear-weapon-free Middle East?

How many Australian Jews would support a nuclear-free Middle East? Meaning what? Well, perhaps this, for starters. A regional agreement to be open to frequent and regular inspection, monitoring and public disclosure of research and development, investments,...

Roadmap to peace needs new milestones

Uniquely, as far we we know, this opinion piece by two people well known in the Jewish and Arabic speaking communities in Australia has now been published on the same day(July 2, 2009), by newspapers which serve each community, the Australian Jewish News, and...

Bubkas from Bibi

Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech throws a couple of specks of kosher synthetic food freshener on what was always going to be a stale, dry, cold and limp dish he was serving up to his unexpected visitor, Barack Obama. No Palestinians were at the table although they were...

Gilad Shalit–the manipulation

****This is an entirely personal viewpoint**** The hysteria surrounding Gilad Shalit in Israel –and passed it on through the Jewish News in Australia–deserves comment. I’ve been thinking about it for some time, and it was only when I read Haaretz...

AJDS reaction to Netanyahu's speech

A lead letter published in the The Australian, 16 June 2009 THE US President’s recent speech in Cairo heralded a new beginning in relations between the US and the Muslim world, and signalled a re-engagement with finding a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian...

Inadequate Netanyahu

Akiva Eldar and Yossid Sarid have pulled no punches into the inadquacey of Netanyahu’s response to Obama http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1092898.html A friendly tip from Abu Mazen By Akiva Eldar Dear Mr Netanyahu, I admit that I did not hold my breath in...

Sign the statement to support Obama's initiative for peace

The AJDS has written a statement in support of the Obama initiative in the Middle East. If you support this statement, please follow the link at the end of the statement to provide your public endorsement through an online petition which demonstrates the extent of...