Then US Vice President Joe Biden gestures after disembarking from a plane upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016 (photo credit: REUTERS/BAZ RATNER)

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. 

Then US Vice President Joe Biden (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they deliver joint statements during their meeting in Jerusalem March 9, 2016 (photo credit: REUTERS/DEBBIE HILL)

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.

Clockwise, from top left: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem, Sept. 13 2020 (Alex Kolomiensky/Yedioth Ahronoth via AP, Pool); Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at the Elysee palace in Paris, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus); US President Donald Trump at the White House, Oct. 21, 2020 (AP Photo/Alex Brandon); Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the military council, west of Khartoum, June 29, 2019 (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

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.

Former Saudi Ambassador to the US and intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan

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…

Palestinians shoot tear gas at the Israeli army in Ramallah, as  they clash during the first days of the Second Intifada. The intifada was the second Palestinian uprising, a period of intensified Palestinian-Israeli violence, which began in late September 2000. October 24, 2000. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90

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. 

The map Israeli PM Netanyahu presented on Tuesday as part of his video address to the UN General Assembly

Netanyahu exposes Hezbollah missile sites in Beirut

October 2, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update discusses the revelations made by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday (delivered remotely) concerning a Hezbollah missile facility in Beirut right next to a gas company – which he warned could lead to a repetition of something like the horrific Beirut port explosion last month.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump Administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran at the State Department in Washington on Sept. 21. (PATRICK SEMANSKY / POOL / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Sanctions “snapback” dispute regarding Iran

September 25, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update analyses the background of the US announcement on Monday that it views all UN sanctions on Iran suspended by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal to have now “snapped back” into effect under provisions of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231 that the US invoked last month.



The Emirati, U.S. and Israeli flags are pictured attached to an airplane of Israel's El Al upon its arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates on Aug. 31. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel and UAE ready to sign normalisation deal

September 11, 2020 | AIJAC staff

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are reportedly set to formally sign their normalisation deal on Tuesday, September 15 at the White House. The deal was agreed to in principle last month, and talks about it were held in the UAE after an Israeli plane brought a delegation there on August 31. This Update looks at various aspects and implications of the deal, now that it is confirmed to be definitely formalised in a signed agreement.

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

August 28, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the implications of both the inspection deal reportedly reached Wednesday between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), and of Iran’s reaction to the Israel-United Arab Emirates (UAE) normalisation agreement two weeks ago. 

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

August 21, 2020 | AIJAC staff

Following up on the announcement last week of a US-mediated deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish full relations, with Israel promising to postpone any plans to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank as part of the agreement, this Update assembles some commentary on how this deal might affect long term hopes for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. 

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