Fears of West Bank unrest amidst PA succession struggle
September 9, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update focuses on the increasing warning coming from Israeli and other security experts that terrorist activity from the West Bank is likely to heat up considerably over the coming months.
New Iran nuclear deal imminent?
August 30, 2022 | AIJAC staff
There are reports that agreement on a return to a new version of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal between Iran and the “P5+1 ” powers (the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) may now be imminent. The deal being discussed involves a complicated four-stage process over 165 days, though some details are still not settled. This Update looks at the implications of any such renewal of that deal, especially from an Israeli perspective.
Iran and the Attack on Salman Rushdie/ Abbas’ Holocaust Controversy
August 19, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the stabbing attack on author Salman Rushdie last weekend in the US in service of a fatwa (religious ruling) demanding his death issued by the Iranian regime’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, and what it teaches us about the current and past ideology and behaviour of Iran.
Post-mortems on “Operation Breaking Dawn”
August 12, 2022 | AIJAC staff
Last weekend, Israel fought a three-day mini-war with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a Gaza-based terrorist group which is a proxy of Iran. The IDF labelled this conflict “Operation Breaking Dawn” – and AIJAC’s Judy Maynard has prepared a fact sheet summarising all the details of what happened, and the relevant background.
Deteriorating Palestinian human rights under PA and Hamas
August 2, 2022 | AIJAC staff
A couple of recent reports have highlighted the apparently deteriorating human rights situation of Palestinians living under the PA in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza.
Assessing Biden’s Mideast trip
July 23, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update follows up on last week’s coverage of the first day of US President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East with some comment on the events and implications of the four day trip as a whole.
US President Biden in Israel
July 15, 2022 | AIJAC staff
US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia this week is again on the top of the agenda in this Update. While in an op-ed in the Washington Post ahead of the trip, Biden placed an emphasis on the Saudi component of the tour, the President’s time in Israel was anything but routine, both in style in substance.
How to handle the Iran threat
July 8, 2022 | AIJAC staff
US President Joe Biden will be visiting Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabia from July 13 to 16, and no doubt one pressing issue his Israeli and Saudi hosts will be eager to discuss will be the increasing threat posed by Iran.
Israel headed for yet another election
June 28, 2022 | AIJAC staff
The appropriate legislation will not be passed until Wednesday, Israel time, but it now appears to be a done deal that Israel will go to the polls yet again – either on Oct. 25 or Nov. 1. This Update looks at what happened to get here, what might happen in the upcoming election campaign, and what is at stake in the actual poll.
One year later, Israel’s diverse Government looks shaky
June 18, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update focuses on both the achievements and the increasingly shaky position of Israel’s 8-party ruling “coalition of change” Government, which was sworn in one year ago but is not expected by most political observers to last much longer, given recent defections. It also has an important piece on the latest “report” issued about Israel-Palestinian issues by an unprecedented Commission of Inquiry set up by the UN Human Rights Council, and the larger pathologies it reflects at the world body.