Bibi Meets Barack

May 19, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As this Update went out, news was coming in from Washington with respect to the Barack Obama-Binyamin Netanyahu meetings that took place on Monday, May 18.

Elections in Lebanon and Iran

May 15, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update looks at the upcoming elections in Lebanon, scheduled for June 7, and Iran, scheduled for June 12. Our first piece comes from journalist Michael Totten, a frequent visitor to Lebanon, who says that his sources are telling him that a victory by Hezbollah and its allies looks like a distinct possibility.

Pope Benedict in Israel/ Mr. Netanyahu goes to Washington

May 13, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Pope Benedict XVI is just completing his trip to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and the visit has been much more controversial than the previous Papal visit to Israel, by John Paul II, in 2000.

Inside Israeli Society/ Michael Oren

May 8, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update contains some recent comments on the state of Israeli society – with an emphasis on the work of distinguished Israeli historian Michel Oren, who has just been named as Israel’s next ambassador to the US.

The Changing Middle East

May 6, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features some new pieces discussing the overall future direction of the Middle East – especially in terms of the growing Iranian attempts to dominate the region, challenging the Sunni-dominated status quo.

Washington and Teheran

May 1, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update adds more on Washington’s possible policy toward Iran, as th Obama Administration pursues engagement, at a time when both the US Congress and the Israeli government are attempting to maximise the leverage the US President will have.

The new Israeli government and the two-state solution

April 30, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update offers some new material about the policy of the new Netanyahu Israeli government toward the Palestinian and other foreign policy questions.

Durban II’s rocky start/ Iran Policy

April 21, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers will no doubt be aware, the UN Durban Review Conference in now under way in Geneva. This is designed as a follow-up to the infamous 2001 Durban “anti-racism” conference, which was marred by large-scale antisemitism, as well as the singling out of Israel as the only country named as “racist.”

Issues for Peace Prospects/ Hezbollah cells discovered in Egypt

April 17, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update contains some additional material on Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects under the new US and Israeli governments. It also details some important new revelations about Hezbollah operatives allegedly targeting Egypt.

Proliferation, North Korea and Iran/The Haaretz allegations revisited

April 8, 2009

Israeli commentators have watched with interest the reaction to North Korea’s illegal ballistic missile launch – under cover of a “civilian satellite” launch – on Sunday. They see the reaction of the US administration and international community as important signposts for their treatment of the Iranian nuclear and missile proliferation threat.

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