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Olmert Throws in the Towel Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers will largely be aware, on Wednesday night, embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced to Israelis that he would not be contesting the leadership primary for his party, Kadima, scheduled for September 17, and will resign the prime ministership at that time.

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The New Reality in Iraq/ Oil Prices and the Middle East Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update offers some new and very optimistic assessments of the situation in Iraq. First up, if you haven't seen it in today's Australian, don't miss academic military experts Kimberley and Frederick Kagan, together with retired senior US General Jack Keane's report in the Wall Street Journal on

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Hamas' post-ceasefire strategy Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features two pieces dealing with Hamas' strategy now that a ceasefire has been declared. First up is the always uniquely tuned-in Ehud Yaari arguing, based on his incomparable sources on the Palestinian side, that Hamas wants the ceasefire to last and will likely seek to extend it even b

Terrorism in Jerusalem Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update opens with a discussion of Wednesday's terrorist attack on one of Jerusalem’s busiest streets, when a Palestinian construction worker from eastern Jerusalem ploughed a bulldozer into cars and buses. Three people were killed and 66 wounded in the attack.

The Gaza Ceasefire Updated Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update covers the week since the Gaza ceasefire, which has been marked by a lack of fire ceasing. Islamic Jihad fired three rockets into Israel from Gaza five days after the ceasefire went into effect. It said the attack was in response to an Israeli strike on an Islamic Jihad target in the

Israel and Syria / Arab World reacts to Olmert's legal problems Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Multimedia, Syria, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update contains some more differing analysis and opinion on the new indirect Israeli-Syrian talks. First up, top Israeli journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi explains the sceptical view that appears to be predominant in Israel about the talks and the prospects of an Israeli-Syrian agreem

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