31 October 2016
The wattle and the olive: A new chapter in Australia and Israel working together
By Anthony Bergin and Efraim Inbar
The relationship between Australia and the small Jewish state is warm and close, despite occasional problems.
Australia has always been seen as friendly by Israel, although it’s rarely been a major focus of policy efforts in Jerusalem.
While there’s a mutual recognition of shared values and a reasonably close bilateral working relationship, there hasn’t been sufficient recognition given by either state to how each contributes to the other’s national interests.
This paper considers common strategic interests, cooperation on traditional security issues and non-traditional security matters and puts forward recommendations for enhancing the relationship.