Dr. Ron Weiser. AM.

From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser.AM. February opinion piece.

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “Wow!” What a fantastic week for Israel, Australia and the Jewish People!!! Kol Hakavod to Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Benjamin Netanyahu – and the entire delegations on both sides – on a historic occasion replete with warmth, great friendship, shared values, understanding, intersections of …

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January Opinion Piece: Dr Ron Weiser AM. ZFA.

What a difference a month makes. 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. President Obama is gone. Although he strongly supported Israel in the security and intelligence …

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Dec 2016 – Opinion piece Dr Ron Weiser AM. ZFA.

Over the past month or so Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman had 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 …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. Nov. 2016. Opinion piece.

Since his election, Donald Trump has said remarkably little on Israel at all. Yet it is rather amazing to see how many people are certain he will do this or that based on whoever they choose to listen to of Trump’s family members, friends or advisors of the day – …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM: Rosh Hashana Opinion Piece.

As we approach 5777-2016/17 we are entering a momentous year of anniversaries for the Jewish People. There are many significant markers, but it behoves us to recall at least some of them. It will be 120 years since the first Zionist Congress in Basle in August 1897. It was at …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM: September Opinion Piece.

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.  A man who did so much for Israel and …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser.AM. August Opinion Piece

Leadership comes in various forms. 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. Back in 1997 when it was conceived and then first held in 1998 there was no such …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. July 2016. Opinion piece.

Opinion piece on France and French Jewry. As in any complex and multi layered situation one cannot expect to become an expert on anything in a few short days. So what follows are merely impressions formed after our time in France, of a community struggling with its future. French Jewry is clearly …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. June 2016. Opinion piece.

Game of Thrones (GoT) is looking more and more like a straightforward yarn compared to the changing alliances inside Israeli politics. And some of those who considered Lieberman’s re-entry to government a potential disaster just a few weeks ago, now GoT like look to him as the potential fixer. Prime …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser. AM. May 2016 opinion piece.

“The end of democracy” trumpeted the headlines. 5 Prime Ministers in 6 years and half the time without an election! Oh hang on, that’s Australia. Israel. Same Prime Minister consistently since 2009, one who has been democratically elected and re-elected by the people, but who goes through a clumsy somewhat …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser. AM. March 2016

What a week or two. The AIPAC Conference in the United States followed by Purim.  In terms of masks and fancy dress, hard to tell them apart. In fact the whole United States election process seems like an extended Purim spiel. And we Jews, whether in the USA or here …

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From the Desk of Ron Weiser AM.

Retired US Congressman Barney Frank, long time liberal Democrat and strong Obama supporter, repeated two interesting questions last week in Sydney that continually baffle observers of the Middle East. How is it that Israel, the only liberal democracy in the region, surrounded by bad guys and badder guys has such …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser. AM.

It was the 16th of September when Mahmoud Abbas set off the recent troubles in Israel by escalating a national dispute into a religious one with his call to protect the Temple Mount from the Jews who he claimed were “desecrating Al Aqsa with their dirty feet”. On the national/territorial …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM.

It’s a little surreal sitting here in a coffee shop in the centre of Jerusalem witnessing the ever changing political landscape and evolving events. The streets are definitely fuller than they were a week ago and Israelis are getting out to restaurants again, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Not …

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From the desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM,

The chagim of 5776 have ushered in a new year that has so far been quite a shocking one for the citizens of Israel. The so called “moderate”, President Mahmoud Abbas, now in the 10th year of his 4 year term, has been inflaming the situation and inciting the wave …

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From the desk of Ron Weiser AM

The Mishnah says that there are four New Years in our calendar but that only on Rosh Hashanah are we universally judged and on Yom Kippur, our fate sealed. One of the keynote themes reflected in our liturgy is to “avert the evil decree”. These ten days are a period …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM.

Summer in Israel. Hard to beat. The sun was shining, the weather was hot and the hotels and restaurants were full again. What a contrast from just a year ago and Operation Protective Edge. A personal highlight for myself was the visit to the museum on Moshav Avichail and to …

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From The Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM.

Well, we are off to Israel next week for the meetings of the Jewish Agency and it will be great to be back there. When discussing matters pertaining to Israel one of the challenges is how to differentiate between rhetoric and reality. In a nutshell, broad based opinion in Israel, …

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From the desk of Ron Weiser – So Israel has a new government.

So Israel has a new government. Just. Prime Minister Netanyahu must be wondering why he decided to go to early elections after all: – his government currently has a slim majority indeed, just 61 out of 120 seats in the Knesset, – he has been forced to pay a very …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Israeli Election

 The most amazing thing about the coming Israeli election is that with so much going on in the region and with so many internal issues needing attention, when it comes to policy issues this is a Seinfeld election – an election about nothing – a policy free zone. This leads …

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