Terrorism in Jerusalem

July 3, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update opens with a discussion of Wednesday’s terrorist attack on one of Jerusalem’s busiest streets, when a Palestinian construction worker from eastern Jerusalem ploughed a bulldozer into cars and buses. Three people were killed and 66 wounded in the attack.

The Gaza Ceasefire Updated

June 27, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update covers the week since the Gaza ceasefire, which has been marked by a lack of fire ceasing. Islamic Jihad fired three rockets into Israel from Gaza five days after the ceasefire went into effect. It said the attack was in response to an Israeli strike on an Islamic Jihad target in the West Bank.

Iran’s nuclear sites in the news again

June 25, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the reported Israeli Air Force exercise conducted over Greece in the first week of June, which was widely interpreted as a dry run for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear installations.

The Gaza Ceasefire

June 20, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas which came into effect in Gaza on Thursday. It was agreed to by both Israel and Hamas through the Egyptian mediators, meaning the sides did not actually talk to each other.

Israel’s Strength as a Society

June 13, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains three recent pieces reflecting on the development of Israel as a society, and particularly its sources of strength.

Advice on Iran for US Presidential Candidates/ The Fallout from Olmert’s Political Problems

June 6, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update features a couple of pieces of advice on policy toward Iran and its nuclear program being offered to the two US presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama, as their race for the top job gets under way.

Winning the War?

June 5, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with some recent discussion of the improved situation in Iraq, and what it may mean for the longer term.

Israel’s latest political crisis/ Iran misses another “litmus test”

May 29, 2008 | AIJAC staff

In Israel, the often-embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appears to be facing his worst political crisis to date. First, the public testimony by American businessman Morris Talansky, who is alleged to have given Olmert more than US$150,000 largely in cash, as well as others gifts, has shocked many Israelis.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq “at its weakest”

May 28, 2008 | AIJAC staff

According to the latest US reports and statistics, last week Iraq saw the lowest casualty figures, civilian and military, for four years. According to US military sources, part of the explanation is that al-Qaeda in Iraq is at its “weakest”, especially in the wake of the recent military operations which cleared al-Qaeda out of Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq.

Israel-Syria Talks Resume/ Lebanon’s Doha Agreement

May 23, 2008 | AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, Israel and Syria officially announced the resumption of peace talks this week, mediated by Turkey. Meanwhile, following last week’s violent confrontation whereby Hezbollah took over much of Beirut, Lebanon’s factions agreed to a Qatari-mediated deal, known as the Doha Accord.

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