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Is Washington's Iran policy "confused" Categories: Iran, United States, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Much debate has been sparked by the revelation in the New York Times last weekend that US Defence Secretary Robert Gates had written a secret memo stating that, in the paper's words, the US lacks "an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability."

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Washington Wash-up Categories: Israel, United States, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu spent most of the past week in the US capital but, unlike with many previous visits by Israeli PMs, much of the trip remains the subject of conjecture.

Editorial: Frustration versus Analysis Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Although the resolution appears very clear, progressing there is desperately, exasperatingly difficult. Unfortunately, the well-meaning but relatively inexperienced Obama Administration has shown a counter-productive tendency to act out of this frustration rather than careful analysis.

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Essay: The Great Satan Myth Categories: Iran, United States     Author: Abbas Milani

The Iranian regime has never found itself more vulnerable. And, with this vulnerability, it has never leaned more heavily on its own narrative of history. This narrative, of course, has a central antagonist, a character conjured as the "Great Satan".

At an impasse? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

How is it possible that a US administration that came to office committed to the pursuit of Arab-Israeli peacemaking is today further from even getting the parties to talk with each other than at almost any point since the peace process began at the Madrid conference more than 18 years ago?

A change in Washington Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update looks at the lay of the land in US, Israel and the Palestinian Authority relations following last week's photo op between US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the United Nations Gener

Settlement Freeze Tag Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Michael Doran

American presidents have been trying to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict since the days of Truman. Sooner or later, every one of them has learned a harsh lesson about the limits of American influence.

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Scribblings: Reductio ad Absurdum Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

So the US position comes down to this: the Israeli government must actively discriminate against Jews, including non-Israeli Jews, when it comes to making decisions about private building permits in all of east Jerusalem - more than half of Israel's capital - even when this could have no conceivable

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