Evolving debates about Iran policy
January 17, 2023 | AIJAC staff
It is clear that views and policy toward Iran have been rapidly shifting in Western capitals in recent weeks, with Washington now conceding the previous focus on a return to the JCPOA nuclear deal is now “no longer on the agenda”
Israel’s 37th government takes office
January 9, 2023 | AIJAC staff
After more than four years of political instability, an apparently stable Israeli coalition government, led by veteran PM Binyamin Netanyahu and with 64 seats out of the 120 in the Knesset, was sworn in on Dec. 29. This followed the election on Nov. 1, and more than six weeks of coalition negotiations.
Could the Iranian protest movement succeed?
December 15, 2022 | AIJAC staff
The Iranian mass protest movement powers on, despite increasing repression from the regime, including not only the killing of an estimated 450+ protesters, but the sentencing to death of at least ten protesters and the execution of two of them so far.
The politics of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar
November 22, 2022 | AIJAC staff
The FIFA World Cup kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 20, but while the world soccer federation FIFA insists the globally-watched tournament is only about soccer, the controversial choice of Qatar to host it has given the event major political implications.
Iran’s protest wave continues
November 11, 2022 | AIJAC staff
Today’s Update focuses on the ongoing, widespread protests in Iran – led originally by women protesting mandatory headscarves but increasingly spreading to other classes and groups. It also looks at the policy challenges the struggle of the Iranian people for freedom poses for Western governments and civil society.
After election win, Netanyahu set to be Israeli PM again
November 4, 2022 | AIJAC staff
The results are in from Israel’s general election on Tuesday, and parties supporting former PM Binyamin Netanyahu have won a 64-seat majority in the 120 Israeli Knesset, meaning he will almost certainly lead Israel’s next government. This Update looks at the results, why Netanyahu was successful, and what might happen next
Israel goes to the polls – again
October 28, 2022 | AIJAC staff
Next Tuesday, Nov. 1, Israel is heading to the polls again for the fifth time in less than four years. This Update is devoted to basic facts about the election, what to watch for as the results come in, and what different outcomes might mean.
Israel-Lebanon maritime border agreement
October 13, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update is dedicated to providing background and analysis on the Israel-Lebanon maritime boundary agreement announced on Tuesday and accepted by Israel’s cabinet on Wednesday – a deal reached after more than a decade of on-again off-again US-mediated talks.
Insights into Iran’s protest movement
October 7, 2022 | AIJAC staff
Following up on last week’s Update, focusing on the mass Iranian protest movements sparked by the death of young Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s notorious morality police, this Update offers further inside information and insights on that protest movement, the regime crackdown against it and possible steps Western governments can take to assist the Iranian people.
Iran’s Hijab protest movement
September 30, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update is devoted to the mass protest movement that has broken out in cities across Iran since Sept. 17, when 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini died, apparently from injuries she sustained in a beating by Iran’s morality police, who had arrested her because they said her headscarf, or hijab, was not being worn properly.