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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President of the United States Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony at the White House, during Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s state visit to the United States of America, in Washington DC on Wednesday 25 October 2023.

PM backs Biden’s call for Gaza civilian protection

US President Joe Biden also stressed a “path toward peace” in the Israel-Gaza conflict, as Anthony Albanese pledged an extra $15 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza.

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  • Matthew Cranston
Jewish members of the NSW Bar have banded together for support after the Hamas attack on Israel.

How Aussie Jewish barristers banded together after Hamas attacks

Working long hours, usually alone, it can be a lonely life. In the days after the bloody attack on Israel, a WhatsApp group helped Jews at the NSW Bar come together.

  • Ronald Mizen and Maxim Shanahan
Israel is continuing to strike targets in Gaza, but reports say it has agreed to delay a ground invasion.

Israel agrees to US request to pause Gaza invasion: report

Washington is reportedly scrambling air defence systems to protect its troops from any regional fallout that might follow Israel’s ground assault on Gaza.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
Israeli society is demonstrating both shock and resilience.

All of Israeli society has mobilised in the face of terror

Israel’s social and economic resilience is critical once more as the country faces an unpredictable new crisis

  • Jillian Segal and Michelle Blum


Israel’s ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, speaking at the National Press Club today.

Public buildings are legitimate military targets: Israel

Israel’s ambassador to Australia defended the bombing of Gaza saying Hamas deliberately established its bases in places such as schools and hospitals.

  • Phillip Coorey
Israel’s ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, speaking at the National Press Club today.

S&P cites risk that war could spread

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed Israel’s rating at AA-; Amir Maimon says nearly 30 trucks have crossed the Rafah border. He says Hamas is not interested in peace. Here’s how the day unfolded.

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  • Euan Black
Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Corporate Travel hired for Israel evacuation work

The travel agency also promised shareholders a $100 million share buyback at its AGM on Wednesday.

  • Liam Walsh
Palestinian children injured in Israeli air raids arrive at Nasser Medical Hospital in Gaza.

World leaders urge pause to deadly Gaza strikes

The US and Russia are leading international calls for a pause in fighting, while a UN agency said it was halting operations in Gaza after running out of fuel.

  • Nidal al-Mughrabi and Emily Rose
Yocheved Lifshitz speaks to the media outside Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv after being released by Hamas.

Watch: Hamas release hostage who was held in a ‘spiderweb’ tunnel

Yocheved Lifshitz, speaking from Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, described the “unimaginable hell” of her kidnapping ordeal.

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  • Kevin Sieff, Noga Tarnopolsky and Karla Adam
Palestinians carry the body of a child found under the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza City. Since Israel retaliated with air strikes, at least 5791 people have been killed in Gaza.

Fears grow that Israel has ‘no plan’ agreed for postwar Gaza

Washington has raised concerns about Tel Aviv’s lack of post-invasion exit strategy, say people familiar with discussions.

  • Neri Zilber and Felicia Schwartz
At least 79 Australians are believed to be in Gaza, where Israeli bombs are falling, and many others are in the West Bank and Israel, as the risk of a broader conflict escalates.

Military aircraft sent to Middle East ‘as a contingency’

The Albanese government has sent two more military aircraft to the Middle East in the event the conflict escalates.

  • Phillip Coorey and Andrew Tillett
Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Beijing.

West’s enemies may be evil, but there’s no ‘axis’

Democracies should tease out the contradictions between Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, instead of dangerously lumping them together as a bloc.

  • Janan Ganesh
Israel continued to bombard Gaza as Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah warned not to launch its own war against Israel.

Israel warns Hezbollah against ‘unimaginable devastation’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Lebanon-based Hezbollah against launching its own war, as the two adversaries ratchet higher their rhetoric.

  • Hans van Leeuwen

This Month

Red Cross workers help Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, to a waiting ambulance at the Rafah border crossing after she was released by Hamas militants.

Freed hostages raise hopes of more to come

The release of another two captured Israelis from Gaza has lifted hopes for dozens still held by Hamas, as world leaders step up efforts to defuse soaring tensions.

  • Phillip Coorey and Hans van Leeuwen

US readies plans for mass Middle East evacuations

US prepares evacuation contingency plans; Israel releases video of civilians butchered, in propaganda war; Hamas releases two more hostages. Here’s how the day unfolded.

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  • Tom Burton and Trudy Harris
An Israeli military strike on buildings in Gaza City. The US is building its support in the region.

Pentagon rushes military advisers to Middle East

One of the officers leading the assistance is a Marine Corps general who helped lead special operations forces against Islamic State.

  • Tara Copp and Aamer Madhani
Hostages Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, centre, and Nurit Cooper, 79, are released by Hamas. This week’s presentation to media included the release of captured documents including an abduction manual.

The battle Israel fears it is losing

As the conflict drags on, and the bodies on the other side pile ever higher, Israel feels the world is reacting more to the horrific images of bombed out Gaza and dead, desperate and starving Palestinians.

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  • Phillip Coorey
Pro-Palestinian protesters burn an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Istanbul.

US readies plans for mass Middle East evacuations

Officials said more than 600,000 Americans living in Israel and Lebanon were of concern, but that removing them was a worst-case scenario.

  • Yasmeen Abutaleb, Dan Lamothe, John Hudson and Michael Birnbaum
Mourners attend the funeral of a security chief of a kibbutz in central Israel.

Paralysis, chaos as Israel delays invasion

So pervasive is the infighting in the government that top officials have tried to assure a traumatised public they are “working in close and full co-operation”.

  • Isabel Kershner

Iran’s ayatollahs play the Middle East’s most dangerous game

Iran’s autocratic rulers hold one of the matches that could set the region alight: an “axis of resistance”, or network of violent proxies across the region.

  • The Economist