Dr. Ron Weiser. AM.

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 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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