Iran, Gaza and Gilad Shalit

December 23, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update concerns the linked issues of Iran, Egypt, Gaza and the fate of Gilad Shalit. It opens with a discussion in the Wall Street Journal of “The Peoples’ Revolt in Iran,” an editorial discussing the mass protests at this week’s funeral for opposition figure (but former heir apparent to the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini) Hossein Ali Montazeri.

Barriers to two-state peace/ Olmert’s Offer

December 18, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some new pieces on the barriers on the Palestinian side which seem to be preventing the resumption of peace negotiations or achievement of a two-state peace deal after PA President Mahmoud Abbas placed some additional pre-conditions on resuming talks this week.

An Iranian nuclear “smoking gun”?

December 17, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As has been widely reported, the Times (UK) has revealed what appears to be a “smoking gun” on the Iranian nuclear program – documents which appear to reveal work on a neutron initiator, a nuclear component which has no other use than triggering a nuclear weapon.

Iran: Last Chance for Sanctions?

December 9, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features a number of pieces on the state of the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program – with a special focus on the prospects of additional sanctions now that the end-of-year deadline for negotiating progress set by the US administration is looming.

Obama’s Surge / Hezbollah’s New Manifesto

December 4, 2009 | AIJAC staff

We begin today’s Update with some analysis of US President Barack Obama’s announcement he will send an extra 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. The decision comes after the US commander in Afghanistan, and architect of the successful surge in Iraq, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, called for 40,000 more troops last August.

Netanyahu, Obama and Settlements / The Islamist Narrative

December 3, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features some additional follow-up from the Israeli settlement freeze announcement, looking especially at discussions of the relevant motivations of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as lessons for the future of US-Israeli relations.

Israel’s cabinet formally approves partial settlement freeze/ Shalit Deal?

November 26, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu formally announced yesterday that the Israeli cabinet had approved a moratorium on all new residential construction in Israeli settlements on the West Bank for 10 months, and called for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Iran’s rejection of the uranium deal/ Iran’s unpopular regime

November 25, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the state of the P+1 (US, Russia, China, Britain, France. Germany) group’s negotiations with Iran, and especially the apparent de facto rejection by Iran of the major deal on offer – which would take some Iranian uranium out of the country to be enriched for purely civilian use in Russia and France.

New approaches to a two-state solution/ How to be pro-Palestinian

November 20, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some new thinking on how to reach an Israeli-Palestinian two-state resolution given the current impasse.

Unpicking the peace process impasse/ Goldstone’s illusions

November 19, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on analysis of the current impasse in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as creative ideas for moving beyond the deadlock.

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