From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

What was behind Rudd's Israel stoush? Some possible context for that Rudd-Netanyahu stoush last week, when the former prime minister made some very telling points at the expense of the Israeli leader -- especially about Israel's 2010 abuse of Australian passports, which left even the most zealous pro-Israeli lobbyists here aghast. Labor sources claim one of Rudd's devoted party enemies, right-wing South Australian senator Don Farrell, invited then-Israeli ambassador Yuval Rotem to a meeting of Labor powerbrokers during Rudd's 2012 leadership bid against Julia Gillard. Sources say the ambassador -- who now heads the Israeli foreign ministry -- was present while phone calls were being made to MPs about opposing Rudd, whose expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over Israel's abuse of Australian passports had made Jerusalem very unhappy.