This Update is focussed on the significance of and background to the surprise announcement yesterday at the White House that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, with Israel pledging in return to suspend any plans it had for extending sovereignty in the West Bank.
Lebanon after the Beirut explosion disaster
August 7, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update looks at the aftermath of the horrific accidental explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, which cost more than 130 lives, injured thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in a country already in an economic meltdown.
Politics and Protest amidst Israel’s Coronavirus second wave
July 24, 2020 | AIJAC staff
Israel’s second wave of coronavirus infections has continued to worsen (Israel had 2000 new cases on Wednesday), amid growing criticism in Israel of the Government’s handling of the pandemic over recent weeks, plus a wave of demonstrations which have grown from a long-standing series of anti-Netanyahu protests
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.