Past and future colliding on Iranian nuclear ambitions

August 21, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses upon Iran and the September deadline set by the United States for the Islamic Republic to agree to enter negotiations over its nuclear weapons program.

“Economic peace” and the two-state resolution

August 20, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update leads with some pieces on the improving economic situation in the West Bank, and how this relates to Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s idea for “economic peace” – accompanying peace talks with efforts to improve the concrete economic and security situation in the West Bank.

The Trials of Iran / Washington and Israeli Settlements revisited

August 14, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains some new material on Iran, focussing both on the suppression of unrest there, and Iran’s aggressive foreign policy goals.

After Fatah’s Bethlehem Conference

August 12, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains some comment on the outcome of Fatah’s sixth general assembly in Bethlehem, which ended yesterday with, it would be fair to say, mixed and ambiguous results for peace prospects.

Sanctions next for Iran?

August 7, 2009 | AIJAC staff

According to Israeli sources – reporting on the recent visit to Israel of a high level team from Washington – officials in the administration are starting to lose hope that a substantive dialogue with Iran will occur and will resolve the nuclear issues, and the Administration is starting to think about what sort of sanctions will follow if it does not.

Fatah’s General Conference

August 5, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As this Update goes out, the Fatah movement, which has dominated Palestinian politics for close to 50 years, is holding its first General Conference in two decades in Bethlehem.

Operation “Cast Lead” revisited

July 31, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Yesterday, the Israeli government released a 165-page report intended to respond to some of the claims and criticisms that have been made about Operation “Cast Lead” in Gaza at the beginning of this year.

Improving relations between the US and Israel

July 30, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains a number of views on ways in which the relationship between the Obama Administration and Israel – especially the Israeli public – can be improved in the wake of recent public disagreements over a “settlement freeze” and other issues.

The Jakarta Bombings/ Understanding the Taliban

July 24, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today, we offer an interpretation of the most recent Jakarta hotel bombings from one of the world’s top experts on extremist terrorism in Southeast Asia, Dr. Zachary Abuza of Simmons College in the US. Abuza agrees with the dominant view that Malaysian-born terrorist Noordin Mohammed Top was likely behind the latest bombings but takes issue with arguments, particularly in the Australian media, that Top is operating largely independently of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

The State of the Iranian Regime/ Olmert on Peace and Settlements

July 21, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update adds more discussion of the state of the Iranian regime, as the protests continue, and former President Rafsanjani gives a sermon declaring the regime has lost the trust of many of the people.

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