A new Settlement Moratorium?/The Legacy of Yasser Arafat

November 19, 2010 | AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu is reportedly taking to his cabinet a deal put on the table by the American Administration in exchange for an additional three months moratorium on construction in West Bank settlements, and it is expected to narrowly pass.

The Latest US-Israel spat over building in east Jerusalem/ UNRWA and the refugees

November 12, 2010

Today’s Update contains some comments on the latest exchange of complaints between Washington and Jerusalem regarding an Israeli approval of one stage of plans to build new apartments in Jewish neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem.

US Middle East policy after the mid-term elections

November 11, 2010 | AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, US mid-term elections last week saw major gains for the Republican party at the expense of US President Barack Obama’s Democrats. While the election primarily focussed on domestic political issues, this Update will focus on analysis discussing the effects, if any, of the changed Washington political scene on US Middle East policy.

New Terrorism Trends/ Palestinian Refugees

November 5, 2010 | AIJAC staff

With additional terrorism attempts again in the news, first a bombing plot on Washington subways, and then an apparent attempt to bring down cargo planes with package bombs from Yemen, plus earlier reported efforts to stage Mumbai-style attacks in Europe, this Update concentrates on new trends in terrorism.

Palestinian unilateralism?/The settlements as a barrier to peace

October 29, 2010 | AIJAC staff

According to reports, with the peace process stalled, Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad has resumed issuing public statments about his plans to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state in August 2011 and simply seek UN endorsement. Israel says Palestinian unilateralism will be met with Israeli unilateralism.

Martin Kramer on Iran/ Wikileaks revelations on Iraq

October 28, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update leads with some particularly perspicacious views on the strategic implications of Iran’s nuclear program from Dr. Martin Kramer, one of the most insightful and knowledgeable Middle East scholars around.

Arab and Palestinian opinions on peace

October 22, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features three pieces relating to the question of how Arabs, especially the Palestinian public and the Arab states, look at the prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian two-state agreement.

Is the peace process stuck? And does it matter?

October 15, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update features pieces on the current stalemate in renewing the peace process, the prospects for ending the stalemate and the implications for the longer term.

Iraq Realities / Muslim Brotherhood declares war

October 13, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features some new material on the situation in Iraq, as well as a worrying new development in the broader war with the violent Islamist movement.

Stuxnet and Iran A US offer to extend the settlement construction moratorium

October 7, 2010

This Update looks at the recently discovered Stuxnet computer worm, designed to infect certain Siemens electronic components and which some experts have speculated may have been developed by parties unknown to slow Iran’s nuclear program.

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