Turkey invades Syria: Turkish Armed Forces' howitzers deploy across the border near the  Kurdish-held Syrian town of Tell Abyad (Image: GETTY).

Turkey invades Kurdish Syria, as US backs off

October 11, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the consequences of the Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria over the last few days, and its effective green-lighting by US President Donald Trump earlier this week. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the President's Residence in Jerusalem after being tasked by President Reuven Rivlin (not in frame) with forming a new government, on September 25, 2019. (Menahem Kahana/AFP)

The quest for a new Israeli governing coalition

September 26, 2019

Yesterday, after Israel’s election committee published its final results from the election last Tuesday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave incumbent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the first mandate to try and form a new governing coalition. This follows an intense but unsuccessful effort by Rivlin to broker a national unity government between Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz.

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US Iran policy after Bolton

September 13, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update is devoted to analysis of the US Middle East policy in the wake of the firing of US National Security Advisor John Bolton by President Donald Trump on Wednesday – with a special focus on the future on the US policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran to renegotiate the controversial 2015 JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) nuclear deal. 

Smoke rises near Moshav Avivim near the border between Israel and Lebanon, in northern Israel, on September 1, 2019, following Hezbollah-Israel clashes in the area. (Photo: David Cohen/Flash90.)

Hezbollah’s Situation/ New Iranian stonewalling of IAEA

September 6, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update deal with the situation of Hezbollah in its confrontation with Israel in the wake of a complex series of incidents last Sunday when the group launched cross-border anti-tank missile fire to try to take revenge on Israel for alleged Israeli attacks on Hezbollah sites the previous weekend. 

Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel in a speech from his hidden bunker on August 23, 2019.

Israel’s strategy for confronting the Iranian military buildup to its North

August 30, 2019 | AIJAC staff

Last weekend saw four separate attacks on Iran-linked targets in Lebanon. Syria and Iraq which many sources have attributed to Israel. This Update follows up by looking at the broader implications of recent events in terms of Israel’s general strategy for confronting the build-up of Iranian-affiliated forces, bases and military manufacturing capabilities in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. 

Israeli airstrike in Damascus, July 1, 2019 (Photo - OMAR SANADIKI / Reuters)

Syria Concerns

August 16, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with some recent analysis of Israeli policy toward Syria as the civil war there winds down, and some specific concerns vis-a-vis Syria for Israel, other regional actors, and the international community more broadly. 

A Nour missile is test fired off Iran's first domestically made destroyer, Jamaran, on the southern shores of Iran in the Persian Gulf March 9, 2010. (photo credit: REUTERS/EBRAHIM NOROOZI/IIPA)

Iran lays claim to the Persian Gulf

August 9, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update is focussed on the Iranian approach to the “tanker war” in the Persian Gulf – and to the seldom understood reality that Iran is not merely seizing and attacking tankers in response to the pressure it is under, but is actually asserting a direct claim to control and ownership of the economically vital Strait of Hormuz and wider Persian Gulf. 

Israel's Arrow 3 missile defence system being tested in Alaska (Photo: Israel Defence Ministry)

Recent developments in Israel’s defensive situation and strategy

August 2, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update is focused on analysing the wider picture behind some recent events affecting Israel’s defence strategy – namely, claims Israel launched raids on Iranian targets in Iraq over recent weeks, reports that Hezbollah has now established a presence in Syria on the Golan border with Israel, and the recent successful test of Israel’s new Arrow-3 missile defence system in Alaska

The Persian Gulf and the narrow straights of Hormuz - vital waterways that have been the site of repeated alleged Iranian attacks on shipping in recent weeks

Managing Iran’s Persian Gulf escalation

July 19, 2019 | AIJAC staff

In the wake of yet more tensions in the Persian Gulf – including Iran’s seizure of a UAE tanker, and a US claim to have downed an Iranian drone – this Update offers some views and reporting on US and Western efforts to manage that tension. 

Palestinian members of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, at a rally in Gaza City celebrating the 31st anniversary of Hamas on Dec. 16, 2018. Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Israel-Hamas strategies in Gaza/ A Bahrain post-mortem

July 12, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update features two pieces on the state of the current Hamas-Israel confrontation around Gaza, and the current strategies of the two parties – five years after the last major Gaza war… We also offer a unique insider’s perspective on the Bahrain “Peace to Prosperity” workshop

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