The Good, the Bad, the Very Ugly

January 23, 2009 | Jamie Hyams

In a truly disgusting piece in the Business section of the January 17 Age, for which the paper subsequently apologised, Michael Backman ludicrously claimed that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is “at the nub” of the 9/11, Bali and London terror attacks and solely responsible for Muslim enmity for Israel.

Gaza ceasefire and after

January 20, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers will probably be aware, on Saturday Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire coming into effect on Sunday. Hamas initially swore to fight on before announcing it would also implement a one-week ceasefire. Israel has now begun pulling many of its troops out of Gaza.

Israeli operations in Gaza continue

January 16, 2009 | AIJAC staff

This Update continues this week’s focus on various important aspects of the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas. First up is David Schenker, Arab politics expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The Regional Context of the Gaza Conflict

January 14, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update focuses on the wider regional factors and implications for the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The Gaza Crisis

January 12, 2009 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update is concerned with the ongoing violence in and around the Gaza Strip. There are ongoing, intensive diplomatic engagements in Egypt, trying to thrash out a ceasefire agreement that would prove lasting.

Ceasefire terms, and regional context for the Gaza conflict

January 9, 2009 | AIJAC staff

The UN Security Council has just passed a somewhat ambiguous call for a Gaza ceasefire, which is supposed to be “immediate” and “durable”. The Israeli papers largely agree that Israeli forces have now reached a decision point – will they go into Gaza’s cities and engage in house to house fighting with Hamas forces or accept the ceasefire and talks proposed by Egypt and France

Jabaliya School Tragedy/ “Proportionality”, International Law, and Gaza

January 8, 2009 | AIJAC staff

As readers will probably be aware, Tuesday night saw tragic news that more than 30 people were killed at the Fakhura UNWRA school in Jabaliya after it was struck by Israeli counter-fire responding to Hamas mortar attacks from the school grounds. The official Israeli Foreign Ministry statement on this terrible incident is here.

The Goals of Operation “Cast Lead”

January 5, 2009 | AIJAC staff

There is a great deal of significant information, analysis and opinion available on the current Israel-Hamas military clashes in and around Gaza, and unfortunately, not all of it can appear in this Update. So, as a starting point, this Update will focus on the goals of Israel’s military offensive, codenamed “Cast Lead”

End of the Gaza Ceasefire?/ Shoe Throwing

December 19, 2008 | AIJAC staff

The six month long Israel-Hamas ceasefire, originally negotiated by Egypt, is officially to end today, though in fact there has been enough violence in recent weeks to say it ended effectively in November.

Iran: The NIE explained?/ Rules of Engagement

December 18, 2008

Iran policy contains to be the focus of much debate as the Obama Administration in the US begins to take shape. This Update features some important new contributions to that debate.

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