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Israeli election campaign reaches homestretch

March 19, 2021 | AIJAC staff

Israelis are set to vote – for the fourth time in two years – on next Tuesday, March 23. This Update is devoted to analysis of the latest developments in the campaign, and the key factors likely to ultimately decide the outcome.

The attack last weekend targetted the huge Saudi oil facilities at Ran Tanura. (Photo: Evannovostro, Shutterstock)

The Saudis, the Houthis and the Biden Administration

March 12, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update is focussed on the aftermath of last weekend’s largely unsuccessful missile and drone attack on major Saudi facilities by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, and how this event fits into the US Biden Administration’s policies toward the Saudis, Yemen and Iran. 

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Inspections crisis with Iran

March 4, 2021 | AIJAC staff

On. Feb. 22, an agreement was announced between the Iranian regime and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to somewhat limit IAEA inspections in Iran, though not to the degree Iran had originally been threatening to limit them. The deal is set to last for three months.

Israeli ballot papers: Israelis are heading back to the ballot box of March 23, for the fourth time in two years. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The upcoming Israeli and Palestinian elections

February 19, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update offers analysis of the Israeli election campaign, with Israel now just five weeks out from a poll on March 23 – the fourth election in just two years. It also offers some new commentary on Palestinian plans to hold parliamentary elections on May 22, 2021, followed by elections for the presidency on July 31, 2021.

The International Criminal Court in the Hague risks severely damaging its own reputation by allowing itself to be politicised (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The ICC and the “State of Palestine”

February 12, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on the meaning, background and implications of the controversial 2 to 1 decision of the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) released last Friday Feb. 5. that, for purposes of jurisdiction, a “State of Palestine” exists that gives the court jurisdiction over the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza.

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Biden Administration preparations for talks with Iran

February 5, 2021 | AIJAC staff

The new Biden Administration is gearing up for future talks with Iran based on its “return to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal then improve it” policy – with Administration spokespeople stressing the next step is intense consultation with allies and the Administration controversially naming former JCPOA negotiator Robert Malley to head up its Iran policy, albeit with a promise he will have a team with diverse views. This Update offers some advice from various sources about how the Administration should approach any such negotiations. 

Palestinian police patrol outside the Palestinian Legislative Council chambers in Ramallah, a body which was last elected in 2006, and which has effectively been non-functional since 2007

Palestinian elections announced

January 29, 2021 | AIJAC staff

On Jan. 15, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas published a formal decree calling for Palestinian legislative elections on May 22, followed by a presidential vote on July 31. This Update discusses the background and complexity of such a vote – as well as the scepticism being expressed by many about whether the elections will actually go ahead. 

With Joe Biden now having been sworn in as US President, what will, and what should, be the foreign policy priorities for his team?(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Charting a Biden Administration foreign policy

January 22, 2021 | AIJAC staff

With US President Joe Biden now having been duly sworn in, this Update offers some additional knowledgeable analysis of what his Administration’s foreign policy directions and priorities are likely to be, as well as suggestions about what they should be.  Obviously, the Middle East is the primary, but not exclusive, focus.

US President-elect Joe Biden's foreign policy team, announced in late November, is going to need to hit the ground running in dealing with various crucial Middle East issues after Jan. 21

Expert Mideast policy advice for the Biden team

January 15, 2021 | AIJAC staff

The Biden team will assume office next Thursday, as the Trump Administration leaves office with the President disgraced and impeached in wake of his role in the appalling attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6. This Update offers some advice from solid and experienced analysts for the Biden foreign policy team with respect to key Middle East policy questions…

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who received Israel's first coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 19, was also present when Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab Jabarin became the millionth Israeli to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm on January 1, just two weeks later. Israel aims to innoculate all its eligible citizens by the end of March.

Israel’s vaccination success/ Iran’s 20 percent enrichment

January 8, 2021 | AIJAC staff

There has been much media coverage of Israel’s world-leading effort to rapidly vaccinate its population against COVID-19. Since its vaccination program began on Dec. 19, and as of the latest data, Israel has vaccinated 1,593,000 citizens, including more than 60% of all Israelis over 60. This Update looks at how and why Israel was able to accomplish this – as well as some widespread misinformation about Israel’s supposed failure to vaccinate Palestinians.

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