Dr. Ron Weiser. AM.

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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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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