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. 

A general view shows the area outside the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, mostly deserted, after a curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai.  Picture taken March 25, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/TAREK FAHMY)

UAE-Israel agreement to establish full relations

August 17, 2020 | AIJAC staff

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.

Time lapse images from footage filmed at an office building in Beirut show the explosion on Tuesday. (Gaby Salem/ESN/AFP/Getty Images)

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. 

A protester faces police during a demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, July 18, 2020 (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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

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

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