Obama’s Durban decision

February 20, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update features two pieces discussing the decision of the Obama Administration in the US to send representatives to planning sessions of the controversial Durban II “anti-racism” conference.

Israel’s Election and Peace Prospects/ Obama’s Mideast Team

February 17, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Israeli elections typically generate a great deal of speculation about their implications for peace prospects – much of it usually poorly informed or ill-founded, unfortunately. Last week’s election was no exception.

Livni apparently wins narrow victory in Israeli Poll

February 11, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, after the counting of all regular votes, but not military and overseas ballots, Israel’s election yesterday saw the ruling Kadima party, led by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, finish just ahead of the Likud party under former PM Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel goes to the polls

February 10, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers will doubtless be aware, Israelis are beginning to go to the polls for a general election even as this Update is being posted. This Update is devoted to material which hopefully will help readers understand better the implications as results come in.

More Israeli election Issues/ Iran’s satellite launch

February 6, 2009 | AIJAC staff

With voting due next Tuesday, this Update features more analysis of the issues shaping Israel’s election campaign, as well as some comment on Iran’s reported satellite launch on Monday.

The Middle East Cold War after Gaza

February 5, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update features a couple of articles detailing the fact that the recent Hamas-Israel clash in Gaza can be seen as a a single skirmish in the larger “cold war” dividing the Middle East and pitting most Sunni Arab states against Iran, Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah and, increasingly, Qatar.

Iraq Votes Again/ Correcting a Gaza Myth

February 3, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, Iraq held orderly and pretty peaceful regional and local elections on Saturday. While the results are not yet known with any certainty, this Update features analysis of the overall implications of the apparently successful exercise of democracy in Iraq.

Israel’s Election/ Obama and Israel

January 31, 2009 | AIJAC staff

With Israel scheduled to vote in less than two weeks, this Update features some background on the state of the developing election campaign.

Military Evaluations of the Gaza Conflict/ Current Diplomatic Opportunities

January 30, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update leads with a couple of evaluations of Israel’s Gaza operation, which ended a week and a half ago, from military and strategic specialists.

President Obama and the Middle East

January 23, 2009 | AIJAC staff

With new US President Obama now safely ensconced in the White House, it is appropriate to again look at the Middle East challenges he is likely to face.

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