Lessons on Iran policy from the British hostages crisis/ Scandal at the UN
April 5, 2007 | AIJAC staff
The 15 British sailors seized by Iranian revolutionary guards and then paraded in Teheran have now been freed. This Update looks at some of the lessons that should be drawn from this incident.
The Saudi Peace Plan/ Palestinian Society
March 30, 2007 | AIJAC staff
Today’s Update opens with some additional comment on the Saudi peace plan, re-endorsed without alteration at the Arab League Summit, along with some threatening language directed at Israel warning what would happen if the plan was not accepted in total.
The Riyadh Arab League Summit
March 28, 2007 | AIJAC staff
Arab League Summits have in recent years been rather boring affairs, where little of substance is accomplished. However, there is much more interest than usual in the Summit beginning today in Riyadh…
Iran Crises Escalates
March 26, 2007 | AIJAC staff
The UN Security Council passed Resolution 1747 on the weekend, imposing additional sanctions on Iran after it failed to comply with a previous resolution, passed in December, demanding Iran halt uranium enrichment which is widely viewed as part of Iran’s program to illegally build nuclear weapons.
Four years in Iraq/ State of the Surge
March 23, 2007 | AIJAC staff
This Update contains some reflections on the state of the conflict in Iraq four years in, and some updates on what is going on at the moment as the “surge” of US troops starts to hit Baghdad in a new attempt to restore order.
The PA Unity Government
March 20, 2007 | AIJAC staff
A Palestinian unity government incorporating both the dominant Hamas and Fatah factions, discussed for many months, was finally installed over the weekend. This Update deals with the details and implications.
More Policy Ideas on Iran and Syria
March 15, 2007 | AIJAC staff
Today’s Update features three pieces looking at different aspects of current Western policy toward Syria and Iran, in the wake of the regional meeting on Iraq that occurred on the weekend.
The Return of the Saudi Peace Plan / Hamas-istan in Gaza
March 14, 2007 | AIJAC staff
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert re-affirmed Israel would “treat seriously” the 2002 Saudi Peace plan, which the Arab League wants to revive at its Riyadh summit later this month.
Signs of Progress in the Iraq “Surge”?/ Afghanistan Battle Looms
March 8, 2007 | AIJAC staff
While most of the additional US troops promised as part of the Iraq “surge” announced by US President Bush have yet to arrive, the change in strategy which is also part of the plan has already begun to be implemented over recent weeks.
Engaging Iran and Syria on Iraq? / Iranian vulnerabilities
March 6, 2007 | AIJAC staff
Much is being made of the supposed “reversal” of US policy announced late last week, with US Secretary of State Rice agreeing to an international conference on Iraq including Iran and Syria, with whom the US has largely avoided direct negotiations until now.