The latest sanctions on Iran

October 31, 2007 | AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, the US government instituted some new unilateral sanctions against Iran last week, directed against the elite al-Quds Brigade of the Revolutionary Guards, and against certain financial institutions dealing with them. This Update analyses the likely and intended effects of these sanctions.

Voices of Experience on Annapolis/ Indonesians in Israel

October 26, 2007 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features advice about the Middle East peace process from two big names in peacemaking – former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and David Trimble, the former Nobel Peace Laureate who played such a crucial role in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Pakistan’s problems/ Issues in Middle East extremism

October 23, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update combines comment on Pakistan’s problems with respect to terrorism and Islamic extremism, in the wake of the bloody assassination attempt on returning exiled politician Benazir Bhutto, with some other reports on Islamic extremism and terrorism emanating from the Middle East.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq “crippled”/ “Mein Kampf” in the Arab world

October 19, 2007 | AIJAC staff

The Washington Post had a piece earlier this week reporting that not only are many in Washington saying that “Al-Qaeda in Iraq” has now been “crippled”, but, while there are debates about the detail, virtually everyone agrees that the organisation has suffered “major blows” over the past three months.

Russian Roulette on Iran

October 18, 2007

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been the most important barrier to stronger UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, visited Iran this week and made some statements that seem likely to reinforce Iranian intransigence and also promised to finish the Bushehr nuclear reactor.

Syria incident follow-up/ More Annapolis analysis

October 17, 2007 | AIJAC staff

Details are now coming out about that incident last month where Syria alleged an incursion of Israeli planes near the northern border and then made contradictory statements about what happened.

The Road to Annapolis/ Walt-Mearsheimer Again

October 10, 2007 | AIJAC staff

The venue has been announced for the proposed Middle East meeting in November (probably around the 26th) – it is to occur in Annapolis, Maryland. This Update features pieces on the diplomatic challenges and problems in the lead-up to the meeting.

Gaza as “Enemy territory”/ Mission Accomplished in Iraq?

October 3, 2007 | AIJAC staff

The bulk of this Update analyses the Israeli cabinet decision two weeks ago to declare Gaza “enemy territory” potentially opening the way to using a variety of sanctions as a response to ongoing rocket attacks from there with the support of the Hamas authorities. In particular, it attempts to address some of the myths being spread about this decision.

Dealing with Iran

September 26, 2007 | AIJAC staff

In view of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s well publicised visit to New York, in which he declared, among other things, that Iran’s nuclear program is “closed” as a political issue and that there are no homosexuals in Iran, this Update is devoted to reactions to the continuing problems posed by Iran’s behaviour.

Dealing with Gaza and Hamas

September 18, 2007 | AIJAC staff

The Qassam rocket from Gaza that struck a military camp and wounded 67 soldiers last week has given additional intensity to an already robust Israeli debate about how to cope with the problem of rocket attacks and other security threats emanating from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

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