Israel’s New Government

April 3, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, Israel’s new government was sworn in on Tuesday. First up, the Jerusalem Post editorialises both about the bloated size of the new cabinet – 30 ministers and seven deputy ministers – and the need to move forward on a number of fronts despite the problematic size created by coalition politics.

Gaza conflict allegations

April 1, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Much has been made in the international media of allegations published in Haaretz a couple of weeks ago in which Israeli soldiers, speaking at a seminar, spoke about alleged Israelis misdeeds in the Gaza conflict in January.

Obama’s Latest Outreach to Iran/ Durban II

March 24, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers are probably aware, US President Obama made a Nowruz (Persian New Year) message to the people and leaders of Iran, which is widely regarded as part of his efforts to initiate a dialogue with Iran.

Israeli Coalition negotiations

March 20, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on the state of the Israeli coalition negotiations, with Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu expected today to ask President Shimon Peres for an additional two weeks to form a government

Hamas, Fayyad and Palestinian National Unity

March 17, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains pieces analysing the state of efforts to form a Palestinian national unity government and the implications of such a development, if successful. The issue is particularly relevant in the wake of the decision last week by Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad to submit his resignation.

Running out of time on Iran? / The Syrian option

March 13, 2009 | AIJAC staff

The most recent International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran, which seem to indicate Iran has sufficient low-enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon if further enriched, has led to much differing speculation from American and Israeli officials about how close Iran is to actually producing such a weapon.

Gaza Revisited

March 5, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some pieces looking back, with a bit of hindsight, at the Gaza conflict at the beginning of this year, and the aftermath.

Advice for Hillary Clinton / Netanyahu in his own words

March 4, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is currently making her first visit to Israel in that role. This Update provides some advice about how to approach the conflict offered to her from knowledgeable sources.

Israelis Debate Unity Government/ So do Palestinians

February 27, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu to try to form a new Israeli government last weekend on the basis that, although his party trailed Kadima by one mandate, he had the support of more parliamentarians.

Iran’s enriched uranium and satellites

February 25, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers may have seen, the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report says Iran probably now has enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb, if it were further processed. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, Iran launched a small satellite, indicating improvement in its ballistic missile technology…

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