Russia’s quest to make itself indispensable in the Middle East

September 17, 2020 | Oved Lobel

Although it has neither the desire nor the financial or military capacity to actually displace the United States in the Middle East, Russia has become adept at planting itself firmly in the middle of crises and conflicts and establishing itself as an indispensable intermediary at relatively little cost.


Mahmoud Abbas courts disaster by rejecting hundreds of millions of dollars the Palestinians desperately need 

September 15, 2020 | Allon Lee

Three things seem certain in the Middle East: death, taxes and the uncanny ability of Palestinian leaders to make terrible choices that leave their people worse off. A New York Times feature has demonstrated yet again not only this principle in action but the dysfunction at the heart of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ 15-year one-man rule.  


Al Jazeera coverage promotes Qatar’s view opposing UAE-Israel normalisation deal

September 4, 2020

Islamic Relief Australia assists with humanitarian needs around the world.

Islamic charity in hot water receives Australian endorsement

September 3, 2020

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What’s different about the UAE-Israel normalisation agreement?

August 19, 2020

UN Peace Keeping Troops and Lebanese Soldiers in the South of Lebanon. Recent development in Lebanon may finally put an end to the decades old conflict (Credit: Ali Hashisho/Reuters).

Will Lebanon’s crisis lead to Lebanese-Israeli border disputes finally being resolved?

August 14, 2020

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi speaks during a press conference with Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi in Teheran, Iran August 25, 2020 (photo: WANA/ALI KHARA VIA REUTERS)

An Iran-IAEA deal?/ Iran and Israel-UAE normalisation

Palestinians gather to protest against a deal between the UAE and Israel to normalise ties, in Gaza City, Gaza [Anadolu Agency]

The Israel-UAE deal and a two state outcome

A general view shows the area outside the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, mostly deserted, after a curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai.  Picture taken March 25, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/TAREK FAHMY)

UAE-Israel agreement to establish full relations

Three of the hijackers of Air France Flight 139: (from left) Fayez Abdul-Rahim al-Jaber, Wilfried Bose, Jayel al-Arja

Essay: Who were the Entebbe hijackers?

September 9, 2020 | Jonathan Spyer

The Entebbe raid of July 4, 1976 is remembered as a high point of counter-terror warfare in general, and of the Israeli contribution to that field in particular. The raid involved astonishing audacity, precise and pinpoint intelligence, great courage and professional military skills of the highest order.

Nick Cave condemned a cultural boycott of Israel and said playing concerts in Tel Aviv did not signify support for Israel's government

Noted and Quoted – September 2020

September 9, 2020 | AIJAC staff

Musician Nick Cave’s condemnation of cancel culture was picked up by the media, with a number of outlets referencing his previous criticisms of the anti-Israel Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement.

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Media Microscope: The Art of the Deal

September 8, 2020 | Allon Lee

The historic August 13 announcement that the UAE will establish normalised diplomatic relations with Israel appeared to receive a somewhat muted response by a media uncertain of how to react to a peace accord not involving the Palestinians and brokered by two figures many in the media love to hate, Donald Trump and Binyamin Netanyahu. 


Deconstruction Zone: The UN and the UAE deal

Sep 8, 2020

Iran is openly violating the JCPOA nuclear agreement at its main enrichment plant at Natanz, as well as other sites

The UN debates a zombie Agreement

Sep 7, 2020

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Ehud’s Mideast insights

Sep 7, 2020

The success of the joint Philippines-US counterterrorism mission is still an open question

Asia Watch: Glass half-full, half-empty

Sep 7, 2020

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: We turned down a port, an airport, an end to the Gaza blockade and US$15 billion out of rejectionist “principles”

The Palestinians and the UAE deal

Sep 4, 2020

Willi Huber (left), New Zealand skiing pioneer and unrepentant former SS member

AIR New Zealand: A controversial “legacy”

Sep 4, 2020

Turkish President Erdogan and Iranian President Rouhani: The UAE-Israel deal will be a blow to the Sunni and Shi’ite Islamist blocs that Turkey and Iran lead

UAE-Israel deal challenges Mideast radicals 

Sep 3, 2020

The Aug. 4 blast at Beirut’s port devastated the city

Behind the News – September 2020

Sep 3, 2020

The French town of Oradour-Sur-Glane: Massacre site desecrated

The Last Word: “Abject Filth”

Sep 2, 2020