IAEA Board rebukes Iran; Iran shuts off IAEA surveillance cameras
June 11, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update focuses on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors’ decision to censure Iran for non-compliance at its meeting this week, and Iran’s retaliation in the form of turning off 27 IAEA surveillance cameras at its nuclear facilities.
International implications of Iran’s economic unrest
May 31, 2022 | AIJAC staff
Iran is in the grip of yet another round of popular protests sparked by huge spikes in prices of staples such as bread and cooking oil. These economic protests have been exacerbated by the collapse of a building in Abadan, killing at least 19 people, last week. This Update is about some potential international implications of Iran’s economic problems and the unrest they have sparked.
Election setback for Hezbollah
May 21, 2022 | AIJAC staff
In the Lebanese election on Saturday, May 14, allies of the Iranian proxy terror group Hezbollah – which effectively dominates that failing nation – appear to have suffered major setbacks. This Update looks at what this may mean and includes some thoughts from an Iranian dissident regarding the latest wave of unrest in Iran itself.
Controversy follows tragic death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh
May 13, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update is about the tragic death of the well-known Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during an Israeli-Palestinian firefight in Jenin on Wednesday – and the political firestorm that has erupted since then concerning the circumstances of her death.
The implications of Israel’s recent spat with Russia
May 7, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with Israel’s very public dispute with Russia this week that resulted from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov telling Italian television on May 1 that “Hitler also had Jewish blood. It means absolutely nothing…the most ardent antisemites are usually Jews”.
Are the Iran nuclear talks deadlocked?
April 29, 2022 | AIJAC staff
Numerous news reports, such as this one from Politico, are saying that the talks about a renewal of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal with Iran have now “reached a complete standstill.”
Incitement and the latest terror wave in Israel
April 14, 2022 | AIJAC staff
In the wake of a series of Palestinian terror attacks that have left 13 Israelis dead in four attacks over the past three weeks, with many additional attacks successfully thwarted, and an Israeli campaign of counter-terrorism measures in the West Bank in response, this Update looks at Palestinian responses to the violence.
Israel’s diverse coalition government loses its majority
April 9, 2022 | AIJAC staff
On Wednesday, Israel’s ideologically diverse eight-party governing coalition lost its slim majority, thanks to the shock defection of Coalition Chairwoman Idit Silman of PM Naftali Bennett’s own Yamina (“rightward”) party. This Update looks at what happened, why, and what might happen next.
Israel hosts unprecedented summit with Arab leaders
March 28, 2022 | AIJAC staff
This Update is devoted to a summit meeting currently taking place in Israel that would have been completely unthinkable a mere two years ago. Israel is currently hosting the Foreign Ministers of the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Morocco, as well as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, for a two-day meeting…