Obama and Israel/A Syrian track?

July 17, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, US President Obama had a meeting with key leaders of the American Jewish community on Monday, in which the main topic was US policy toward Israel and peacemaking.

Advice on Western policy toward Iran

July 15, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update contains three pieces offering advice to Western governments, especially Washington, as they seek to deal with the post-election situation in Iran.

Latest Gaza Lawfare

July 9, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the problems relating to the latest “investigations” coming out of the UN and NGO community concerning the Gaza conflict early this year – and especially the Goldstone inquiry set up by the UN Human Rights Council.

Iranian clerics denounce election results

July 7, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on a dramatic development in the Iranian political situation – with a major faction of Iran’s clerical elite on the weekend denouncing the disputed election result as illegitimate and essentially placing themselves in opposition to the regime.

The State of the Palestinian Authority

July 3, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update is devoted to some new discussion of the state of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) and its readiness to play the main role in pursuing peace with Israel.

US-Israeli disagreements on settlement “natural growth”

July 2, 2009 | AIJAC staff

The US and Israel continue to publicly disagree about whether Israel should freeze all “natural growth” in West Bank settlements, with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak yesterday meeting US Middle East envoy George Mitchell to discuss this issue and others.

Exiting Iraq’s Cities/ Sharansky on Iran

July 1, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today marks a major milestone in the Iraq conflict, with US troops turning over patrolling and security in all Iraq’s cities to Iraqi forces.

Was there a “Natural Growth” settlements deal?/ History and Iran’s internal struggle

June 26, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update leads with an important entry into the debate about the US demand that Israel halt the “natural growth” of West Bank settlements. Elliot Abrams, the head of Middle East affairs at the US National Security Council during the Bush Administration, writes that it is true, as Israel has argued, that there was an agreement between Washington and Israel that Israel was permitted to allow building within the existing boundaries of existing settlements.

The prospects of the Iranian protesters/ Demilitarising a future Palestinian State?

June 23, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update offers some more discussion of the Iranian protest movement, concentrating especially on the question of what it would require to fundamentally change the Iranian regime. It also contains an additional backgrounder on Israeli PM Netanyahu’s call for a future Palestinian state to be demilitarised.

Palestinian reaction to Netanyahu’s Speech/ The Iranian Protest Movement

June 19, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As discussed previously, this Update will contain some analysis of the Palestinian reaction to Israeli PM Netanyahu’s Bar Ilan speech on Sunday. However, the pace of events surrounding the mass protest in Iran cannot be ignored

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