Moving to Iran Containment? /The US and Israeli settlements

April 8, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Readers may have seen an important article over the weekend from Greg Sheridan of the Australian alleging that the US Administration is moving away from trying to stop a nuclear Iran toward containing Iran once nuclear capabilities are achieved. This Update contains some additional discussion of this possibility.

Washington Wash-up

March 26, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu spent most of the past week in the US capital but, unlike with many previous visits by Israeli PMs, much of the trip remains the subject of conjecture.

The Latest Crisis and the Obama Administration’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking

March 19, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update focuses on what the crisis generated by the Obama Administration’s statements on Israel’s building plans in eastern Jerusalem – culminating in three new demands on Israel ostensibly to prove their peacemaking bona fides – seem to indicate about the Administration’s approach to Middle East peacemaking.

Escalating post-Biden criticism of Israel from Washington

March 16, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the apparent escalation in the US criticism of Israel over the announcement of new housing in Jerusalem, which continued even following the departure of US Vice-President Biden from Israel.

The Prospects of Proximity Talks

March 11, 2010 | AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, US Vice-President Joe Biden has been in Israel for discussions and to launch US-mediated indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians after 14 months of stalemate.

Iraq’s watershed March 7 election

March 5, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Iraq has received less news coverage in recent months as the security situation there has continued to improve, but on March 7, Iraq goes to the polls for national parliamentary election for the second time.

The Assassination of Mahmoud Mabhouh and the Passport Controversy

February 26, 2010 | AIJAC staff

With new allegations from Dubai that three stolen or forged Australian passports were employed in the assassination of Hamas military leader Mahmoud Mabhouh on Jan. 20, the controversy over that assassination has certainly heated up.

The IAEA’s Iranian Inferences

February 23, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update concerns Iran’s nuclear program, following the release of the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the issue.

“Fatahgate”/New Goldstone Revelations

February 19, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update opens with some comment on a story that has had little coverage in Australia – a scandal within the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority involving a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas named Rafik Husseini allegedly using his position to solicit sexual favours.

The aftermath of February 11 in Iran / What kind of sanctions?

February 17, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on the aftermath of the Feb. 11 celebrations of the anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, where a massive effort by the security forces seems to have largely dampened planned opposition protests.

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