There has been much media coverage of Israel’s world-leading effort to rapidly vaccinate its population against COVID-19. Since its vaccination program began on Dec. 19, and as of the latest data, Israel has vaccinated 1,593,000 citizens, including more than 60% of all Israelis over 60. This Update looks at how and why Israel was able to accomplish this – as well as some widespread misinformation about Israel’s supposed failure to vaccinate Palestinians.
Israel normalises ties with Morocco
December 15, 2020 | AIJAC staff
Last Thursday, the White House announced that Morocco and Israel had agreed to establish fully normalised diplomatic relations. – following on from Israel’s normalisation of ties earlier this year with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan. This Update is devoted to exploring the background and implications of this development.
Israel headed for elections/ Iranian scientist assassinated
December 4, 2020 | AIJAC staff
Israel appears very likely headed for elections, the fourth in two years, after the Knesset passed a preliminary reading of a bill to dissolve itself on Wednesday. This Update looks at how this happened and what happens now.
The Biden team/ Israeli-Saudi ties
November 27, 2020 | AIJAC staff
Earlier this week, US President-elect Joe Biden announced six key nominees to his foreign policy/national security team, including Secretary of State, National Security Advisor and Homeland Security Secretary. This Update looks at these nominations and their possible policy implications for the Middle East.
Biden’s Iran Dilemmas
November 20, 2020 | AIJAC staff
With the Biden team beginning its transition plans to take over the White House in January, this Update looks at some dilemmas President-elect Joe Biden and his administration will face in attempting to implement their articulated policy on Iran – namely, mutual return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal reached in 2015 followed by attempts to renegotiate that deal to cover its shortcomings.
Middle East opportunities for a Biden administration?
November 13, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update features some articles suggesting that the incoming Biden Administration in the US may have some good policy opportunities available to it in the Middle East, as well as acknowledged challenges.
Israel and Middle East consider a probable Biden administration
November 6, 2020 | AIJAC staff
The US election remains too close to call, but it is clear that a Biden administration at this point looks more likely than the Trump Administration remaining in office. This Update looks at some preliminary analyses of what a Biden administration might mean for Israel and the Middle East.
Sudan normalises relations with Israel
October 29, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update analyses the implications of the announcement over the weekend that Sudan would be following the UAE and Bahrain and normalising relations with Israel.
The split between the Palestinians and Arab states
October 22, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the apparent disenchantment with the Palestinians and their cause in large parts of the Arab world, and the Palestinian turn to non-Arab states for patronage, especially Turkey and its allies, and to a lesser extent Iran. Much analysis of this apparent split has been written in the wake of a very frank interview on October 6 by Prince Bandar bin Sultan – Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to the US and director-general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency…
The Changing Middle East
October 9, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update features articles describing the ways that the Middle East has been changing over recent decades – especially since the Second Intifada, which broke out in late September 2000.