The aftermath of the fatal terror attack in Jerusalem (Image: Twitter)

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's Supreme Court sitting earlier this month. Plans for judicial reforms that would limit the power of the Court have stirred intense debate in Israel. (Image: Eddie Gerald / Alamy Stock Photo)

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.

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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”

The Ministers of Israel's 37th government, after being sworn in on Dec. 29. (Photo: Israeli Government Press Office)

Israel’s 37th government takes office

January 9, 2023 | AIJAC staff

After more than four years of political instability, an apparently stable Israeli coalition government, led by veteran PM Binyamin Netanyahu and with 64 seats out of the 120 in the Knesset, was sworn in on Dec. 29. This followed the election on Nov. 1, and more than six weeks of coalition negotiations.

The Iranian protest movement against the ruling theocratic regime has certainly been inspiring - but is it a noble but ultimately futile effort, or can it lead to regime change? (Image: Shutterstock, DigitalAssetArt)

Could the Iranian protest movement succeed?

December 15, 2022 | AIJAC staff

The Iranian mass protest movement powers on, despite increasing repression from the regime, including not only the killing of an estimated 450+ protesters, but the sentencing to death of at least ten protesters and the execution of two of them so far.

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The politics of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar

November 22, 2022 | AIJAC staff

The FIFA World Cup kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 20, but while the world soccer federation FIFA insists the globally-watched tournament is only about soccer, the controversial choice of Qatar to host it has given the event major political implications.

Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran's most famous actresses, appearing publicly without her headscarf and holding a sign with the Kurdish words for "Women, Life, Freedom". Despite the regime's bloody repression, Alidoosti has vowed to remain in her homeland "at any price" and support the families of those killed or arrested in the protest crackdown  (Photo: Instagram)

Iran’s protest wave continues 

November 11, 2022 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update focuses on the ongoing, widespread protests in Iran – led originally by women protesting mandatory headscarves but increasingly spreading to other classes and groups. It also looks at the policy challenges the struggle of the Iranian people for freedom poses for Western governments and civil society.

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After election win, Netanyahu set to be Israeli PM again

November 4, 2022 | AIJAC staff

The results are in from Israel’s general election on Tuesday, and parties supporting former PM Binyamin Netanyahu have won a 64-seat majority in the 120 Israeli Knesset, meaning he will almost certainly lead Israel’s next government. This Update looks at the results, why Netanyahu was successful, and what might happen next

Israelis are going to the polls yet again on Nov. 1, the fifth Israeli election in less than four years. Will this vote break the political deadlock? (Image: Flickr, IDF)

Israel goes to the polls – again

October 28, 2022 | AIJAC staff

Next Tuesday, Nov. 1, Israel is heading to the polls again for the fifth time in less than four years. This Update is devoted to basic facts about the election, what to watch for as the results come in, and what different outcomes might mean.

The complex Israel-Lebanon maritime boundary dispute appears to have been settled after many years of negotiations, with Israel accepting the green line in the above diagram, except within five kilometres of the coast (This map was originally published on the MEES website).

Israel-Lebanon maritime border agreement

October 13, 2022 | AIJAC staff

This Update is dedicated to providing background and analysis on the Israel-Lebanon maritime boundary agreement announced on Tuesday and accepted by Israel’s cabinet on Wednesday – a deal reached after more than a decade of on-again off-again US-mediated talks.

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