Palestinian employees of the Central Elections Committee in Gaza work to educate and register citizens in preparation for parliamentary and presidential elections (Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Shutterstock)

Will the planned Palestinian elections go ahead?

April 23, 2021 | AIJAC staff

Update from AIJAC   04/21 #03   There are increasing signs that the Palestinian legislative elections scheduled for May 22…

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Political Implications of the latest incident at Natanz

April 16, 2021 | AIJAC staff

On April 11, there was an incident which caused a blackout at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Initially said to be possibly a cyberattack, and later reported as possibly a bomb blast, the incident has been widely attributed to Israel, and is also alleged to have done major damage to the thousands of centrifuges Iran uses to enrich uranium there. This Update deals with what is known about the incident and more importantly, how it may affect current events in the Middle East

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi signing the Iran–China 25-year Cooperation Program in Teheran on March 27 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

An Iran-China Alliance?

April 9, 2021 | AIJAC staff

On March 27, Iran and China signed a cooperation agreement scheduled to last 25 years which provides for large-scale Chinese investments in Iran in exchange for oil over that time. This Update contains some analysis of the implications of that deal  – as well as a piece on the background to recent Israeli-Iranian maritime clashes

The final result of Israel's election on Tuesday - with both the pro-Netanyahu and anti-Netanyahu blocs short of the 61 seats in the Knesset needed to form a government.

Another indecisive Israeli election outcome 

March 26, 2021 | AIJAC staff

Israel voted yet again on Tuesday for the fourth time in two years – and as the diagram above illustrates, the final results do not look much more likely to break the long-standing political impasse than the outcomes after the last three trips to the ballot box. This Update looks at the election results, their implications, and what might happen next.

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Israeli election campaign reaches homestretch

March 19, 2021 | AIJAC staff

Israelis are set to vote – for the fourth time in two years – on next Tuesday, March 23. This Update is devoted to analysis of the latest developments in the campaign, and the key factors likely to ultimately decide the outcome.

The attack last weekend targetted the huge Saudi oil facilities at Ran Tanura. (Photo: Evannovostro, Shutterstock)

The Saudis, the Houthis and the Biden Administration

March 12, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update is focussed on the aftermath of last weekend’s largely unsuccessful missile and drone attack on major Saudi facilities by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, and how this event fits into the US Biden Administration’s policies toward the Saudis, Yemen and Iran. 

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Inspections crisis with Iran

March 4, 2021 | AIJAC staff

On. Feb. 22, an agreement was announced between the Iranian regime and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to somewhat limit IAEA inspections in Iran, though not to the degree Iran had originally been threatening to limit them. The deal is set to last for three months.

Israeli ballot papers: Israelis are heading back to the ballot box of March 23, for the fourth time in two years. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The upcoming Israeli and Palestinian elections

February 19, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update offers analysis of the Israeli election campaign, with Israel now just five weeks out from a poll on March 23 – the fourth election in just two years. It also offers some new commentary on Palestinian plans to hold parliamentary elections on May 22, 2021, followed by elections for the presidency on July 31, 2021.

The International Criminal Court in the Hague risks severely damaging its own reputation by allowing itself to be politicised (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The ICC and the “State of Palestine”

February 12, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on the meaning, background and implications of the controversial 2 to 1 decision of the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) released last Friday Feb. 5. that, for purposes of jurisdiction, a “State of Palestine” exists that gives the court jurisdiction over the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza.

President Joe Biden's team will soon be heading back to the negotiating table with Iran - they will need to clarify their overall objectives.  (License details, Creator: Eric Haynes, Copyright: Eric Haynes)

Biden Administration preparations for talks with Iran

February 5, 2021 | AIJAC staff

The new Biden Administration is gearing up for future talks with Iran based on its “return to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal then improve it” policy – with Administration spokespeople stressing the next step is intense consultation with allies and the Administration controversially naming former JCPOA negotiator Robert Malley to head up its Iran policy, albeit with a promise he will have a team with diverse views. This Update offers some advice from various sources about how the Administration should approach any such negotiations. 

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