Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is greeted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed at his private palace in Abu Dhabi, Dec. 13, 2021. (Credit: Haim Zach/ IGPO)

The State of the Abraham Accords

December 16, 2021 | AIJAC staff

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made a historic state visit to the UAE, the first by an Israeli PM). About a week before that, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz made a breakthrough visit to Morocco, where a number of agreements on defence and security cooperation were signed. This Update looks at the state of the Abraham Accords, which normalised relations between Israel and four Arab states last year, in the wake of these visits.

After a hiatus of more than five months, during which Iran advanced its nuclear enrichment efforts significantly and also imposed increasing restrictions on inspectors, talks on Iran's nuclear program are resuming in Vienna (Image: artpage, shutterstock).

Back to the Nuclear Negotiating Table

November 30, 2021 | AIJAC staff

After a five month hiatus, nuclear talks resumed in Vienna overnight between Iran, the EU, Russia and China – with the US excluded from direct participation.

Air Force commanders from the US, Italy, the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Norway, the UAE, India, and the Netherlands, as well as ambassadors from France, the UK, Greece, and Germany, gathered for the  international #BlueFlag2021 exercise, hosted by Israel in late October (Photo: Israel Defence Forces)

Exercises demonstrate Israel’s new military ties

November 23, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update discusses some recent joint military exercises that Israel has hosted or participated in, together with a growing number of military partners, including Arab states – as well as some other signs of growing military cooperation between the IDF and other regional militaries.

Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi - victim of an assassination attempt using drones last Sunday, presumably by pro-Iranian militia (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Assassination Attempt on Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi

November 12, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update looks at various aspects of the background and policy implications for the future of Iraq of the assassination attempt on Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi at his home last Sunday, using three drones, almost certainly by pro-Iranian militia in Iraq.

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The latest on Iran’s regional aggressions

November 5, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some reporting on aggressive regional behaviour by Iran in recent weeks, and some comment upon it. 

The six designated NGOs (L to R, top to bottom): the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC); Addameer Prisoner Support Association; Defense for Children International–Palestine (DCI-P); the Union of Agriculture Work Committees (UAWC); the Bisan Centre for Research and Development; al-Haq

Israel bans six groups for terror links/ Iran talks to resume?

October 29, 2021 | AIJAC staff

Last Friday, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz announced a ban on six Palestinian NGOs for alleged close links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group, including supplying the PFLP with funding. Indeed, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has claimed that these groups are the “main source” of the PFLP’s funds. 

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Iran – On the Nuclear Threshold?

October 22, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update features comment on the increasing warnings being issued that Iran today looks dangerously close to being a nuclear threshold state, with the capability to build nuclear weapons whenever it decides to do so – what this means, and what can be done about it. 

The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps showcasing drones at a show titled "Hunting Vultures" in 2019. The drone shown appears to be a captured Israeli or Azerbaijani "Hermes". (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Mideast Drone Wars

October 15, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update is devoted to analysis of the escalating unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or “drone”) threat across the Middle East, emanating primarily from Iran and its proxies, and how regional nations are responding.

The Raisi Government and Iran’s internal crises

October 2, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update reviews the new Iranian cabinet of President Ebrahim Raisi, dominated by ultra-hardliners and full of individuals under international sanctions, and the severe and growing Iranian domestic problems this cabinet will ostensibly be charged with addressing, even as the world attempts to confront Iran’s dash to nuclear weapons capabilities and destabilising regional activities.

The 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 occasioned many reflections on not only what happened on that day, but also what has happened since and where the world can go from here. (Photo: Flickr | Creator: Picasa 2.0)

Selected analysis from the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

September 17, 2021 | AIJAC staff

The twentieth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon last Saturday saw the publication of vast numbers of commentaries, analyses, retrospectives and thought-pieces.

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