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Arava photography delegation members Danny Hadas, Alex Levac and Gilad Livni next to Livni’s stunning photograph, captured using a drone, of the rare flooding of the Arava desert valley floor.

Arava sands and delivers

Israelis are credited for making the desert bloom, but the 3500 hardy residents of the Arava region are particularly good at it.

Avigdor Lieberman with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Concern over Lieberman’s return to power

There were mixed reactions from the Australian Jewish community this week to the news that Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman was set to join the Israeli government as Defence Minister. The hawkish politician is poised to replace Moshe Ya’alon, who quit last week after clashing with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A promotional image for Tales of a City by the Sea.

Furore over ‘anti-Israel’ VCE play

VICTORIAN education minister James Merlino has come under fire after Victorian high school students found a “heavily biased” stage-play about life in Gaza during the conflict with Israel on their curriculum.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour/Labor pains

IN the wake of the anti-Semitism scandal that has shaken the British Labour Party to its core in recent days, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop urged Australia’s Labor Party to tackle anti-Semitic attitudes within its own ranks.

Israel Defence Forces’ Colonel Moshe Pinkert laying a wreath at the ceremony in Jerusalem.

Honouring the memory of the Anzacs

DIPLOMATS from Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and other nations joined Australians and Israelis at the annual ANZAC Day ceremony at the Mount Scopus Commonwealth Military Cemetery in Jerusalem.

Mark Regev (right) presenting his credentials to Julian Evans, chief of protocol at the British Foreign Office. Photo: Embassy of Israel.

Aussie Regev becomes Israel’s man in the UK

AUSTRALIAN-BORN Mark Regev arrived in Britain this week to take up his post as Israel’s new Ambassador to the UK.

Ann Zablud (centre) with (l-r) Miriam Suss and Ilse Lamm. Photo: Dean Schmideg

Pioneering Ann mourned

JEWISH leaders paid tribute to the memory of communal pioneer Ann Zablud, who passed away this week, aged 95.

Senator James Paterson.

Bishop rejects embassy move

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has turned down a call from new Liberal senator James Paterson for Australia to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Lee Rhiannon.

‘Greens out of touch’

A GREENS Senate motion that called on the federal government to halt military cooperation and military trade with Israel demonstrates “how naive and out of touch the Greens are with the realities of life in the Middle East”.

Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Fury over Iranian Foreign Minister’s visit

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has remained largely silent on the Australian visit of her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif next week, as part of a six-nation Asia-Pacific tour.