Dr. Ron Weiser. AM.

From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece Dec. 2017.

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. It is also a courageous move that changes 70 years of Unites States policy. We should savour the moment. Symbolism, particularly in that …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece Nov. 2017.

The anniversaries continue. And more than a few involve Australia, and in a significant way. Just having come off the high of the centenary of Be’ersheva in Israel, this week we celebrated 70 years since the historic United Nations vote on partition known as Resolution 181. In particular, at a …

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ZFA Advocacy Special: Be’er Sheva 2017.

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 Be’er Sheva. Overlay that with being a Jewish Australian and words fail to capture the incredible symbiotic and deep connections …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece Oct. 2017.

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. And it should be noted – not …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece Sept. 2017.

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. Moreover, to greater and lesser degrees, these depend on President Trump’s positive sentiments, …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece Aug. 2017.

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. A case in point is his recently announced Afghanistan policy. Candidate Trump campaigned against increasing America’s military role there and was very …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM. – Opinion piece July 2017.

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. Effectively, Israel claimed sovereignty over the Temple Mount but handed day to day …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – June 2017.

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 …

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Maccabiah Bridge Disaster 20th Anniversary.

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. Four Australians – Yetty Bennett, Elizabeth Sawicki, Greg Small & Warren Zines died. Over 60 Australians including Sasha Elterman …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece May 2017.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR (with apologies to John Paul Young) Love is in the air everywhere I look around Love is in the air every sight and every sound And I don’t know if I’m being foolish Don’t know if I’m being wise……. So things are getting a little …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM – Opinion piece April 2017.

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. This comes on the back of efforts formalised 120 years …

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

It’s AIPAC time again. A year ago about 18,000 members of American Jewry’s prime pro-Israel advocacy organisation was trying to work out whether and how to welcome Donald Trump to its annual conference. And let’s be clear, since Israel is now unfortunately struggling to retain general American bipartisan support, that …

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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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