Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China May 13, 2018 (photo credit: THOMAS PETER/REUTERS).

A China-Iran Alliance?

July 17, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the implications of reports that Iran and China have completed negotiations on an agreement that would turn the two countries into close economic partners and military allies

A handout satellite image shows a closeup view of a building damaged at the nuclear facility in Natanz, Iran, taken on July 8, 2020.
(photo credit: REUTERS)

Mysterious explosions in Iran

July 10, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the significance of a series of explosions in Iran over recent weeks, which seem to be hitting targets associated with Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi delivering his opening statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on 15 June 2020

Iranian nuclear timelines/ Hezbollah threatened by Lebanon meltdown

June 30, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains two articles outlining some increasingly urgent timelines for the world to deal with the Iranian nuclear crisis – including some policy advice for dealing with this challenge. It also features some good analysis of how the deteriorating situation in Lebanon is affecting Hezbollah

People work at the construction site of the second phase of Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Bushehr, southern Iran, Nov. 10, 2019. (PHOTO: AHMAD HALABISAZ/ZUMA PRESS)

The latest IAEA reports on Iran

June 12, 2020 | AIJAC staff

Earlier this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released two quarterly reports (only one of which is public) on Iran’s nuclear program that were highly critical of Teheran

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu presents a map of the Jordan Valley area to which he proposes to extend Israeli sovereignty

Israel’s debate about applying sovereignty to parts of West Bank

June 5, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the intense debate within Israel about plans by the new national unity government to possibly begin applying Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank as early as July, in accordance with the Trump Administration’s peace plan. 

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Palestinian reactions to Israel’s sovereignty plans

May 22, 2020 | AIJAC staff

In response to Israeli government discussions about a possible extension of Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank as part of the Trump Administration’s peace plan,  Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas announced that the PA is ‘absolved’ of all agreements and understandings with Israel and the US

Iran has been concentrating its military development on unconventional weapons such as missiles - but the end of the UN arms embargo could allow the regime to upgrade Iran’s aging air force, improve the accuracy of its missiles, and strengthen its ability to strike ships and shoot down aircraft

Ructions over expiring Iran arms embargo

May 15, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update is devoted to an issue likely to dominate international diplomacy regarding Iran over coming months – the ostensible lifting of the UN arms embargo on Iran this coming October under the terms of the JCPOA nuclear deal signed in 2015.

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Unity Government in Israel cleared to go ahead

May 8, 2020 | AIJAC staff

Yesterday, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the coalition deal signed between incumbent PM Binyamin Netanyahu and main rival Benny Gantz on April 20 can go ahead.

An antisemitic cartoon blaming Israel for spreading coronavirus

COVID-19 and Antisemitism/ COVID-19 and Arab Israelis

May 1, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the widely reported uptick in antisemitism that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes a piece suggesting the pandemic may be improving relations between Israel’s Jewish majority and its Arab minority – many of whom work in healthcare. 

Gantz (right) and Netanyahu (left) have been discussing a unity government at the request of President Rivlin (centre) over the past three inconclusive elections in Israel - but have not succeeded in reaching a deal until now.

Israel finally has a new “national emergency” government

April 22, 2020 | AIJAC staff

On Monday afternoon Israel time, acting Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz signed an agreement to form a national emergency government, apparently putting an end to an extended period of political turmoil in Israel, including three elections in a year, and 17 months without a duly elected government.

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