Netanyahu exposes Hezbollah missile sites in Beirut
October 2, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update discusses the revelations made by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday (delivered remotely) concerning a Hezbollah missile facility in Beirut right next to a gas company – which he warned could lead to a repetition of something like the horrific Beirut port explosion last month.
Sanctions “snapback” dispute regarding Iran
September 25, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update analyses the background of the US announcement on Monday that it views all UN sanctions on Iran suspended by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal to have now “snapped back” into effect under provisions of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231 that the US invoked last month.
Israel and UAE ready to sign normalisation deal
September 11, 2020 | AIJAC staff
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are reportedly set to formally sign their normalisation deal on Tuesday, September 15 at the White House. The deal was agreed to in principle last month, and talks about it were held in the UAE after an Israeli plane brought a delegation there on August 31. This Update looks at various aspects and implications of the deal, now that it is confirmed to be definitely formalised in a signed agreement.
An Iran-IAEA deal?/ Iran and Israel-UAE normalisation
August 28, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update looks at the implications of both the inspection deal reportedly reached Wednesday between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), and of Iran’s reaction to the Israel-United Arab Emirates (UAE) normalisation agreement two weeks ago.
The Israel-UAE deal and a two state outcome
August 21, 2020 | AIJAC staff
Following up on the announcement last week of a US-mediated deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish full relations, with Israel promising to postpone any plans to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank as part of the agreement, this Update assembles some commentary on how this deal might affect long term hopes for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
UAE-Israel agreement to establish full relations
August 17, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update is focussed on the significance of and background to the surprise announcement yesterday at the White House that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, with Israel pledging in return to suspend any plans it had for extending sovereignty in the West Bank.
Lebanon after the Beirut explosion disaster
August 7, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update looks at the aftermath of the horrific accidental explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, which cost more than 130 lives, injured thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in a country already in an economic meltdown.
Politics and Protest amidst Israel’s Coronavirus second wave
July 24, 2020 | AIJAC staff
Israel’s second wave of coronavirus infections has continued to worsen (Israel had 2000 new cases on Wednesday), amid growing criticism in Israel of the Government’s handling of the pandemic over recent weeks, plus a wave of demonstrations which have grown from a long-standing series of anti-Netanyahu protests
A China-Iran Alliance?
July 17, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the implications of reports that Iran and China have completed negotiations on an agreement that would turn the two countries into close economic partners and military allies
Mysterious explosions in Iran
July 10, 2020 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the significance of a series of explosions in Iran over recent weeks, which seem to be hitting targets associated with Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.