THE Australia-Israel relationship and Israel’s growing ties with Asia were among the topics addressed by Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein at the AIPAC conference in Washington, DC last week.

With 18,000 attendees, predominately from the United States, the conference held from March 20 to 22 was “organisationally a tour de force, with the themes emphasised throughout – the catastrophic possibilities of the much-criticised Iran nuclear deal, the need for resumed bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians rather than the wrong-headed efforts to impose a UN resolution, and the need for an adequate military aid package for Israel – exactly the right ones to stress”, Dr Rubenstein said.

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