Moroccan King Mohammed VI visits a synagogue in Essaouira, Morocco, in January this year. (Photo credit: Maghreb Arab Press)

Israel normalises ties with Morocco

December 15, 2020 | AIJAC staff

Last Thursday, the White House announced that Morocco and Israel had agreed to establish fully normalised diplomatic relations. – following on from Israel’s normalisation of ties earlier this year with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan. This Update is devoted to exploring the background and implications of this development. 

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Israel headed for elections/ Iranian scientist assassinated

December 4, 2020 | AIJAC staff

Israel appears very likely headed for elections, the fourth in two years, after the Knesset passed a preliminary reading of a bill to dissolve itself on Wednesday. This Update looks at how this happened and what happens now.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce their nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Biden team/ Israeli-Saudi ties

November 27, 2020 | AIJAC staff

Earlier this week, US President-elect Joe Biden announced six key nominees to his foreign policy/national security team, including Secretary of State, National Security Advisor and Homeland Security Secretary. This Update looks at these nominations and their possible policy implications for the Middle East. 

Image prepared by the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University - sources: Shutterstock and Adam Schultz / Biden for President (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Biden’s Iran Dilemmas

November 20, 2020 | AIJAC staff

With the Biden team beginning its transition plans to take over the White House in January, this Update looks at some dilemmas President-elect Joe Biden and his administration will face in attempting to implement their articulated policy on Iran – namely, mutual return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal reached in 2015 followed by attempts to renegotiate that deal to cover its shortcomings. 

Then US Vice President Joe Biden gestures after disembarking from a plane upon landing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel March 8, 2016 (photo credit: REUTERS/BAZ RATNER)

Middle East opportunities for a Biden administration?

November 13, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some articles suggesting that the incoming Biden Administration in the US may have some good policy opportunities available to it in the Middle East, as well as acknowledged challenges. 

Then US Vice President Joe Biden (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they deliver joint statements during their meeting in Jerusalem March 9, 2016 (photo credit: REUTERS/DEBBIE HILL)

Israel and Middle East consider a probable Biden administration

November 6, 2020 | AIJAC staff

The US election remains too close to call, but it is clear that a Biden administration at this point looks more likely than the Trump Administration remaining in office. This Update looks at some preliminary analyses of what a Biden administration might mean for Israel and the Middle East.

Clockwise, from top left: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem, Sept. 13 2020 (Alex Kolomiensky/Yedioth Ahronoth via AP, Pool); Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at the Elysee palace in Paris, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus); US President Donald Trump at the White House, Oct. 21, 2020 (AP Photo/Alex Brandon); Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the military council, west of Khartoum, June 29, 2019 (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Sudan normalises relations with Israel

October 29, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update analyses the implications of the announcement over the weekend that Sudan would be following the UAE and Bahrain and normalising relations with Israel.

Former Saudi Ambassador to the US and intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan

The split between the Palestinians and Arab states

October 22, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update deals with the apparent disenchantment with the Palestinians and their cause in large parts of the Arab world, and the Palestinian turn to non-Arab states for patronage, especially Turkey and its allies, and to a lesser extent Iran. Much analysis of this apparent split has been written in the wake of a very frank interview on October 6 by Prince Bandar bin Sultan – Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador to the US and director-general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency…

Palestinians shoot tear gas at the Israeli army in Ramallah, as  they clash during the first days of the Second Intifada. The intifada was the second Palestinian uprising, a period of intensified Palestinian-Israeli violence, which began in late September 2000. October 24, 2000. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90

The Changing Middle East

October 9, 2020 | AIJAC staff

This Update features articles describing the ways that the Middle East has been changing over recent decades – especially since the Second Intifada, which broke out in late September 2000. 

The map Israeli PM Netanyahu presented on Tuesday as part of his video address to the UN General Assembly

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.

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