The International Criminal Court in the Hague risks severely damaging its own reputation by allowing itself to be politicised (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The ICC and the “State of Palestine”

February 12, 2021 | AIJAC staff

This Update focuses on the meaning, background and implications of the controversial 2 to 1 decision of the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) released last Friday Feb. 5. that, for purposes of jurisdiction, a “State of Palestine” exists that gives the court jurisdiction over the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza.

President Joe Biden's team will soon be heading back to the negotiating table with Iran - they will need to clarify their overall objectives.  (License details, Creator: Eric Haynes, Copyright: Eric Haynes)

Biden Administration preparations for talks with Iran

February 5, 2021 | AIJAC staff

The new Biden Administration is gearing up for future talks with Iran based on its “return to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal then improve it” policy – with Administration spokespeople stressing the next step is intense consultation with allies and the Administration controversially naming former JCPOA negotiator Robert Malley to head up its Iran policy, albeit with a promise he will have a team with diverse views. This Update offers some advice from various sources about how the Administration should approach any such negotiations. 

Palestinian police patrol outside the Palestinian Legislative Council chambers in Ramallah, a body which was last elected in 2006, and which has effectively been non-functional since 2007

Palestinian elections announced

January 29, 2021 | AIJAC staff

On Jan. 15, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas published a formal decree calling for Palestinian legislative elections on May 22, followed by a presidential vote on July 31. This Update discusses the background and complexity of such a vote – as well as the scepticism being expressed by many about whether the elections will actually go ahead. 

With Joe Biden now having been sworn in as US President, what will, and what should, be the foreign policy priorities for his team?(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Charting a Biden Administration foreign policy

January 22, 2021 | AIJAC staff

With US President Joe Biden now having been duly sworn in, this Update offers some additional knowledgeable analysis of what his Administration’s foreign policy directions and priorities are likely to be, as well as suggestions about what they should be.  Obviously, the Middle East is the primary, but not exclusive, focus.

US President-elect Joe Biden's foreign policy team, announced in late November, is going to need to hit the ground running in dealing with various crucial Middle East issues after Jan. 21

Expert Mideast policy advice for the Biden team

January 15, 2021 | AIJAC staff

The Biden team will assume office next Thursday, as the Trump Administration leaves office with the President disgraced and impeached in wake of his role in the appalling attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6. This Update offers some advice from solid and experienced analysts for the Biden foreign policy team with respect to key Middle East policy questions…

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who received Israel's first coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 19, was also present when Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab Jabarin became the millionth Israeli to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm on January 1, just two weeks later. Israel aims to innoculate all its eligible citizens by the end of March.

Israel’s vaccination success/ Iran’s 20 percent enrichment

January 8, 2021 | AIJAC staff

There has been much media coverage of Israel’s world-leading effort to rapidly vaccinate its population against COVID-19. Since its vaccination program began on Dec. 19, and as of the latest data, Israel has vaccinated 1,593,000 citizens, including more than 60% of all Israelis over 60. This Update looks at how and why Israel was able to accomplish this – as well as some widespread misinformation about Israel’s supposed failure to vaccinate Palestinians.

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. 

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