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A Town Called Sderot Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Andrew Friedman

Local and international media made much ado about the one-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel's military operation over December 2008 and January 2009 in the Gaza Strip to suppress Qassam rocket fire at Israeli civilians. But residents of Sderot, the Israeli town just three kilometres fr

"Fatahgate"/New Goldstone Revelations Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update opens with some comment on a story that has had little coverage in Australia - a scandal within the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority involving a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas named Rafik Husseini allegedly using his position to solicit sexual favours.

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Abbas' Negotiation Dilemmas Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new analysis of the position of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations - negotiations about negotiations, one might say - continue

The Uneasy Silence Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

An uneasy silence has descended on Palestinian-Israeli relations. What began with a new American administration's energetic initiative, and then produced some improbable concessions on the part of a new Israeli leadership, has since petered out in the face of Palestinian paralysis.

Palestinian-Israeli peace talks in 2010? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the prospects for resuming and progressing Israeli-Palestinian talks - which have been in limbo since 2008 - in 2010. First up, David Makovsky from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy previews US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell’s visit to the region next week

Iran, Gaza and Gilad Shalit Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update concerns the linked issues of Iran, Egypt, Gaza and the fate of Gilad Shalit. It opens with a discussion in the Wall Street Journal of "The Peoples' Revolt in Iran," an editorial discussing the mass protests at this week's funeral for opposition figure (but former heir apparent to the

Barriers to two-state peace/ Olmert's Offer Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new pieces on the barriers on the Palestinian side which seem to be preventing the resumption of peace negotiations or achievement of a two-state peace deal after PA President Mahmoud Abbas placed some additional pre-conditions on resuming talks this week.

West Bank Story Categories: Palestinians     Author: Tom Gross

The truth is that an independent Palestine is now quietly being built, with Israeli assistance. Palestinian economic growth so far this year has been an impressive seven percent according to the IMF.

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The Unilateral Fallacy Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Alan Baker

The scene is currently being set by the Palestinians for a strong and even dramatic point of entry into either bilateral negotiations or perhaps a sharp diplomatic turn toward a unilateral strategy for Palestinian statehood.

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