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What 1961 can teach us about 2016

What 1961 can teach us about 2016 Categories: Israel, Speeches, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

It's particularly worthwhile from time to time, in an effort to better understand the core issues in the conflict, to revisit key source materials and policy statements during the period after the 1948 War of Independence and before the Six Day War of 1967 - before the IDF controlled even a centimet

Sanctions lifted despite Iran’s provocations

Sanctions lifted despite Iran’s provocations Categories: Europe, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared that Iran had complied with the July nuclear agrement.  The removal of sanctions came despite a number of criticisms of the IAEA's December report on Iran's progress in complying with the deal, as well as recent provocations by

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Escalating Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions

Escalating Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions Categories: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Updates    

This Update features material on the sharp escalation in what was already a sort of Cold War between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Saudi execution of Saudi Shiite religious leader Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr on Jan. 2. It follows up with some analysis of a related development over

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Biblio File: Water Superpower

Biblio File: Water Superpower Categories: Israel     Author: Simona Weinglass

In the 1930s British economists predicted that all of Palestine - including today's Gaza, Israel and the West Bank, had enough water to sustain 2 million people. Today, the area is home to more than 12 million people, a feat that Siegel attributes in large part to Israel's first-class water planning

Europa Europa: The Daesh Dilemma

Europa Europa: The Daesh Dilemma Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Douglas Davis

Daesh - also known as ISIS, ISIL and/or Islamic State - consists of a bunch of medieval psychopaths (add adjectives, as required). But how does Europe, which is bearing the brunt of the refugee flight, solve a problem like Daesh? Not as easily as the current crop of Europe's political leaders seem t

The View from a Settlement

The View from a Settlement Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Andrew Friedman

Stepping into the Rami Levi supermarket at the Gush Etzion junction on consecutive Thursday nights nowadays feels like a scene out of the American old west... A wave of stabbing and shooting attacks at the junction in recent weeks has left five people dead and several more wounded, and everybody loo

The IAEA and the JCPOA Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: A. Savyon, Y. Carmon & U. Kafash

On Dec. 2, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretary-General Yukiya Amano released his report on the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program. The report's findings, whatever they turned out to be, were not supposed to impact the continued implementation of the Joint C

Rudeness to Palestinians? It's about incitement

Rudeness to Palestinians? It's about incitement Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

As anyone who regularly reads AIJAC's blogs would be aware, incitement and glorification of terrorism to Palestinian society - including and especially children - is unfortunately a way of life in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza (see here, here and here). For the most part, this incitement is un

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The 2014 Gaza War: Top military leaders say Israel “met and in some respects exceeded the highest standards” in its military conduct

The 2014 Gaza War: Top military leaders say Israel “met and in some respects exceeded the highest standards” in its military conduct Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The High Level Military Group (HLMG) report is a thorough assessment of the conduct of the Israel defence forces during the 2014 conflict with Gaza. Authored by military experts and professionals with in depth knowledge and experience in warfare and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), it concluded tha

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