The Middle East and the US Presidential Election

November 5, 2008 | AIJAC staff

It is of course too early to offer any significant commentary on Senator Barack Obama’s ground breaking and dramatic victory in the US presidential election. However, this Update does offer some interesting commentary on how the next US president is likely to affect the Middle East…

Iran’s sanctions vulnerability/ The US raid into Syria revisited

October 31, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update opens with an excellent piece by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times on the vulnerability of Iran to sanctions, thanks to the drop in oil prices.

Israel heads for new elections/ US raid into Syria

October 28, 2008 | AIJAC staff

As readers will probably be aware, over the weekend Israeli Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni admitted she had failed to form a new coalition and requested President Shimon Peres call for new elections, which he has now done.

Hamas and Fatah – Conflict or Reconciliation?

October 24, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update features pieces on the state of play between Hamas and Fatah in Palestinian society, as the two movements prepare both for an Egyptian-sponsored summit proposed for Nov. 9, and for a possible new round of confrontation.

The Financial Crisis and Israeli-Palestinian Talks/Kissinger on US Mideast Policy

October 17, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update features two new pieces on how the global financial crisis might affect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – with the general assumption being the effect will be pronouncedly negative.

Iran options for the next US President/ The Middle East and the financial crisis

October 13, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update contains some additional good commentary on the Iranian nuclear conundrum likely to be faced by the next US president.

Israeli Public Opinion

October 10, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update features two pieces on the state of Israeli public opinion with respect, especially, to both the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and feelings about being Israeli.

Evaluating peace process prospects

October 3, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update offers some new evaluations and innovative ideas on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process over coming months.

Ahmadinejad at the UN

September 29, 2008 | AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the opening of this year’s session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Sept. 23. This Update includes comments on the significance of his speech and Ahmadinejad’s reception.

Livni’s Next Challenge/ “United Against Nuclear Iran”

September 23, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update features analysis of the challenges faced by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni now that she has won last week’s Kadima party primary, Ehud Olmert has officially resigned as Prime Minister and Livni has been formally asked by President Peres to try to form a new government.

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