An Open Letter to Western Leaders

For publication in the Adelaide Advertiser. Thanks heaps. Anthony Doanghey Dear Editor, I’ve noticed there have been a lot of articles of late concerning the West’s condemnation of Israeli policy, especially policies that supposedly interfere with the current Peace Talks. And as President Obama and his administration has recently been most verbal of this kind of criticism, I believe there is a real danger of Prime Minister Rudd following suit, as there seems to be a sad and sorry history of Australian politicians playing “follow the leader” when it comes to American policies, especially Foreign ...

Israel – Whose Land Is It?

The Land of Israel : Palestine and Syria The name “Palestine” flies around a great deal nowadays in the press and political discussion. Syria too is much in the news. Yet neither Palestine nor Syria is an indigenous name for the country either is nowadays supposed to represent. These were originally names given by outsiders, sailors and merchants coming from the west, to loosely defined regions along the eastern Mediterranean coast and their hinterlands. Syria was the more inclusive term of the two and indeed, as used by early Greeks and by later Greeks and ...