Lebanon's new PM Hassan Diab reviews an honour guard at the government palace in Beirut earlier this week (photo credit: REUTERS)

Lebanon’s new Hezbollah-dominated government

January 24, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the formation of a new government in Lebanon after three months of political vacuum there – a government that is ostensibly technocratic but is actually dominated by individuals affiliated with the Shi’ite terrorist group and Iranian proxy Hezbollah

A woman attending a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 tragedy confronts a police officer at Amirkabir University in Teheran (Mona Hoobehfekr/ISNA/AFP/Getty)

Iran’s unrest in the wake of the downing Ukrainian Air flight 752

January 17, 2020 | AIJAC staff

In the wake of Iran’s admission that its forces had accidentally shot down Ukrainian International Air flight 752 last Wednesday, the country has experienced yet another wave of unrest. This Update deals with the ability of the regime to cope with these repeated waves of protest and outside reactions to them.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads prayers near the coffins of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (Official President's Website/Handout via REUTERS)

The aftermath of the killing of Qassem Soleimani

January 9, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the aftermath and implications of the US killing of top Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Gen. Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3, including the key Iranian responses to date. 

Jeremy Corbyn pauses while speaking in his Islington North constituency on election day in the UK (Leon Neal/Getty)

New developments in Europe, Israel and Persian Gulf

December 18, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update takes readers around the world, to the UK, Israel and Iran, catching up on recent news and developments on three different news fronts: the British elections; the dissolution of the 22nd Knesset, putting Israel on the road to a third election in a year; while China is preparing to participate in joint military exercises with Iran and Russia.

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The policy challenge of the Iranian protests

December 6, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with some of the policy challenges – and potential mistakes – for other nations created by the unprecedently large mass protests in Iran, and the Iranian regime’s attempt to violently suppress them. It also looks again at the threat of an Israel-Iran war. 

Images from the Iranian unrest

Iran unrest continues/ US policy on settlements

November 29, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update features material on two separate subjects – the ongoing popular unrest against the regime within Iran, and the US Administration’s announcement last week of a policy that “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.” 

Rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on November 13, 2019. (Anas Baba/AFP)

Gaza, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad

November 15, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the Israeli conflict with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organisation in Gaza over the past few days, which saw 450 rockets and mortar shells fired into Israel from Gaza after Israel killed Baha Abu al Atta, a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander responsible for multiple rocket and border attacks against Israel in recent months.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps test-fires missiles during military maneuvers in the central desert outside the holy city of Qom (Archives: AFP/Fars News)

Is an Israel-Iran war inevitable?

November 8, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update asks the question, is a major military conflict between Israel and Iran its proxies inevitable in the next few years? Increasing numbers of knowledgable Israeli security analysts are arguing that it is, and this Update explores why. 

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s Al-Furqan media outlet, in a video released on April 29, 2019 (Al-Furqan media via AP).

The Killing of Baghdadi/ Lebanon in Chaos

November 1, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with both the killing of Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US special forces last weekend and the ongoing mass demonstrations in Lebanon, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday. 

Turkey invades Syria: Turkish Armed Forces' howitzers deploy across the border near the  Kurdish-held Syrian town of Tell Abyad (Image: GETTY).

Turkey invades Kurdish Syria, as US backs off

October 11, 2019 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the consequences of the Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria over the last few days, and its effective green-lighting by US President Donald Trump earlier this week. 

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