Israel is heading to yet another national election in November, so with senior writer at Haaretz and correspondent for the Economist Anshel Pfeffer in Australia it seemed like the perfect opportunity for NIF to host a hybrid in-person/virtual event and talk about some of the campaigns major themes and moments so far.
I interviewed former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for an NIF event about his latest book Searching for Peace (Brookings Institution Press), his new political memoir.
Over the last month, calls to boycott the Sydney Festival after it received sponsorship from the Israeli embassy for a production of Naharin’s Decadance have featured prominently on social and mainstream media.
For the event celebrating 10 years since the New Israel Fund’s establishment in Australia we hosted a number of speakers, including a conversation with Senator the Hon.
For this NIF event, I moderated a discussion with John Lyons, the author of a new book, Dateline Jerusalem which looks at how Israel is covered by the Australian media and a former Middle East Correspondent for the Australian, Anshel Pfeffer senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israeli correspondent for the Economist and Dina Kraft, a Tel Aviv-based journalist for the Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor, to hear how foreign correspondents work to tell other people’s stories and shape the discourse in their home country.
I had the privilege to interview two leaders shaping their country’s political conversations – Adam Bandt, leader of the Australian Greens, and Tamar Zandberg, Knesset member and former leader of Israel’s Meretz – on how they are shifting the political goal posts and taking decisive action rooted in shared values of equality, democracy and justice.
Less than two weeks after President Joe Biden took office, I interviewed seasoned American Middle East negotiator, and NIF board member, Aaron David Miller and former Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova about how America’s Middle East policy will shift under the new administration.
I facilitated this wonderful event with Jewish Israeli singer Achinoam Nini (Noa) and Palestinian Israeli singer Mira Awad where we discussed their ongoing efforts to create a more equal and tolerant society for all Israelis and Palestinians and heard some of their beautiful music.
With democracy and pluralism under attack around the world, I interviewed New York Times columnist Roger Cohen and academic and former deputy Knesset speaker Naomi Chazan to delve further into this troubling trend in the United States, Israel and all around the world.
This week I interviewed New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman about the US election, the Trump presidency and the Middle East.
As a former prime minister and foreign minister, there are few people with a better understanding of Australia’s role in the world and our history with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than Kevin Rudd.
With Prime Minister Netanyahu actively advancing plans to annex parts of the West Bank and President Trump pushing his own plan for the Middle East, I interviewed former US ambassador to Israel and former US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – not to mention NIF Australia’s co-patron!