Israel celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its Independence last week, with the national party somewhat overshadowed by continued division and controversy over the Netanyahu Government’s proposed package of judicial reforms.
Israel’s controversial judicial reforms put on hold
March 29, 2023 | AIJAC staff
On Monday, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu gave a televised speech putting his Government’s controversial judicial reform legislation on hold until at least the next sitting of the Knesset on April 30. This Update looks at what happened over the past few dramatic days in Israel, the background and implications, along with what might happen next.
The implications of the Iran-Saudi deal
March 17, 2023 | AIJAC staff
Last weekend, Iran and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to renew diplomatic ties. While the agreement was not a complete surprise, the venue was – they initialed it in Beijing under Chinese auspices.
New diplomatic strategies with Iran for 2023
March 10, 2023 | AIJAC staff
This Update features three important pieces suggesting revised diplomatic strategies for dealing with Iran’s rapidly advancing nuclear program and other ongoing malevolent behaviour – especially in the wake of recent developments such as the protest movement which has roiled Iran since September, and Iran’s tightening alliance with Moscow.
West Bank unrest escalates following violent riots by Jewish protesters in Huwara
March 1, 2023 | AIJAC staff
This Update focuses on the increasing unrest in the West Bank – with three Israelis murdered in highway shootings since Sunday, and violent riots by Jewish protesters in the town of Huwara on Sunday evening which left dozens of homes and cars set alight, and resulted in numerous injuries to local residents, and one killed.
Lessons from the Iranian protests
February 20, 2023 | AIJAC staff
This Update features some new pieces drawing policy lessons from the protest movement which has rocked Iran since mid-September last year, when Mahsa Amini, a young woman arrested for wearing her headscarf “improperly”, was killed in the custody of the country’s morality police, sparking widespread outrage.
“Juniper Oak”: A Message to Iran?
February 10, 2023 | AIJAC staff
This Update discusses the aftermath and political implications of the “Juniper Oak” US-Israeli military exercises that took place in late January, the largest such exercises ever.
Heinous terror in Jerusalem
February 3, 2023 | AIJAC staff
This Update takes a closer look at the incidents in Jenin and Jerusalem over the past week with some insightful commentary that debunks the notion that Israeli defensive acts of counter-terrorism are justification for more Palestinian terrorism, and takes on Palestinian incentives and incitement to commit acts of terrorism against Israelis.
Israel debates proposed judicial reforms
January 24, 2023 | AIJAC staff
As readers are probably aware, Israeli has been experiencing an intense internal political debate about some proposed major reforms to the judiciary introduced by Justice Minister Yariv Levin earlier this month.
Evolving debates about Iran policy
January 17, 2023 | AIJAC staff
It is clear that views and policy toward Iran have been rapidly shifting in Western capitals in recent weeks, with Washington now conceding the previous focus on a return to the JCPOA nuclear deal is now “no longer on the agenda”