The Latest US NIE Report on Iran

December 5, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update is devoted to analysis of the latest US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) with respect to Iran, released Monday, which makes the surprising revelation that “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program…”.

More post-Annapolis assessments

December 4, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains some additional assessments of what last week’s Annapolis conference accomplished from a variety of commentators with differing points of view.

Political Crisis in Lebanon/ The case for “Jihadism”

November 30, 2007 | AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, Lebanon has had no president since last week. The term of the last president, pro-Syrian Emile Lahoud, ended on Nov. 23. However, no successor has been elected because of a stand-off between the pro-Syrian opposition, led by Hezbollah, and the anti-Syrian government, led by PM Fouad Sinora and Saad Hariri, son of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

Yet More pre-Annapolis Analysis

November 27, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update features additional discussion of the significance and prospects of the Annapolis conference, due to begin tonight, Australian time. In a triumph for American diplomacy, it looks like the conference will feature significant participation from Arab states, including both Saudi Arabia and Syria.

Iraqi Good News / Iran’s Anti-Democracy

November 20, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update leads with two pieces on the positive trends and statistics in the military conflict in Iraq.

Israel as a Jewish State/ More on the IAEA and Iran

November 16, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update leads with two reactions to Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s declaration, which we noted yesterday, that the Palestinians will never recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

Iran, the IAEA and the Bomb

November 9, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update is devoted to the Iranian nuclear issue, and the debate sparked in recent weeks by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohamed elBaradei, who has been making statements opposing both sanctions and force as a response to the Iranian nuclear stand-off, saying there is no evidence Iran is planning to make weapons, and anyway, it would take them three to eight years.

Musharraf’s New Coup in Pakistan

November 7, 2007 | AIJAC staff

As readers are probably aware, Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf on the weekend promulgated a State of Emergency, and began a series of moves to control and muzzle the judiciary, political opponents, and the media in Pakistan.

Annapolis Blues/ Lebanon’s Political Crisis

November 2, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses again on the meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking planned for Annapolis sometime soon.

Iraq’s Hopeful Numbers

November 1, 2007 | AIJAC staff

The casualty figures from Iraq, both military and civilian, over the last couple of months have shown a major improvement – involving an overall decline of more than 50% and in Baghdad, over 80%.

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