Gilad Shalit/ Tony Blair

Gilad Shalit/ Tony Blair

June 30, 2010

As readers may be aware, the public campaign for the release of Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in a raid across the Gaza border four years ago, has heated up in Israel in recent weeks (though it has been a highly important and emotional issue since his capture). This Update looks at the reasons why the plight of this one soldier is so keenly felt in Israel.

Additional Autonomous Sanctions on Iran

June 25, 2010

This Update features analysis of the increasing trend of announcements of additional autonomous sanctions directed against Iran’s nuclear program in the wake of the passage of the UN Security Council’s new sanctions resolution, earlier this month. As noted in previous Updates, this trend incorporates the US, the EU, and Australia as well, with an announcement last week by Foreign Minister Stephen Smith of additional autonomous sanctions against two financial entities and an individual (This comes on top of autonomous sanctions Australia imposed in 2008).

Israel Eases Gaza Blockade/ Talking about Islamist Terrorism

June 22, 2010

As readers will be aware, the Israeli cabinet announced a major easing of the blockade of Gaza on Sunday, whereby from now on all items not on a list of prohibited and dual-use items will be allowed in. This Update looks at the new rules for the blockade.

Iran’s Green Movement, One Year Later

June 18, 2010

With this week marking the first anniversary of Iran’s fraudulent Presidential election and the mass “Green Movement” protests it sparked, this Update features a sampling of some of the many pieces commenting on the significance of events in Iran over the past year.

Israel’s Gaza Flotilla Inquiry

June 16, 2010

This Update focuses on some of the details of the Israeli decision to appoint an independent public Commission of Inquiry to look into the events of May 31, when 9 Turkish citizens were killed in a clash at sea as Israeli forces attempted to halt six ships running the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

The New Iran Sanctions Resolution

June 11, 2010

As readers are probably aware, a new UN Security Council sanctions resolution directed against Iran’s nuclear program was passed on Wednesday. This Update is devoted to analysis of the likely effect and efficacy of the compromise deal on sanctions that was eventually passed.

Turkey, Hamas and the Flotilla/ What really happened on the Marvi Marmara

June 9, 2010

This Update looks at a much-remarked element of the recent crisis over the Gaza Flotilla, the role of Turkey before and after the violent confrontation of May 31. It also includes the most complete summary of what is known about the details of that confrontation that we have yet seen.

The Wider Context of the Flotilla Tragedy/ The NPT Conference outcome

June 4, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update continues our coverage of the Gaza flotilla tragedy, with articles that attempt to put this specific event into the wider regional and strategic context. It also has some new expert comment on the controversial outcome of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review conference, which concluded on the weekend.

The Gaza Flotilla Aftermath

June 2, 2010 | AIJAC staff

With the intensive coverage in the media this Update will not attempt to re-hash the known facts of the Israeli raid on Monday on a flotilla trying to break the blockade of Gaza. Instead the focus will be on the aftermath and the potential fallout.

The Gaza “Freedom Flotilla”/ Confessions of a Palestinian “traitor”

May 28, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update has some comment and information on the flotilla of activists reportedly heading for Gaza to “break the siege.” It also has a response by Palestinian-Israeli journalist and recent visitor to Australia Khaled Abu Toameh to being labelled a “traitor” by Ali Kazak, the former PLO representative in Australia, earlier this month.

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