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Iran strengthened by Syria withdrawal and Mattis resignation

Two significant developments out of the United States will have likely have implications for Middle East – including Israel’s – immediate and long-term security. Most importantly, they are likely to leave a dangerous space that will be perfect for Iran to fill.

Behind the News – January 2019

Police recommend charging Bibi On Dec. 2, Israel Police recommended indicting Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on charges of bribery, fraud...

Hezbollah and Iran’s regional strategy

Teheran is striving to implement its grand strategy to establish its presence and extend its power to threaten its enemies, spearheaded by Israel, by consolidating its control along the “Shi’ite crescent”.

Latest revelations on Iranian nuclear warehouse and archives

This Update is devoted to some new revelations about both the Iranian nuclear archives - captured by Israel earlier this year and revealed publicly on April 30 - and about an alleged Iranian nuclear storage warehouse revealed by Israeli PM Netanyahu on Sept. 27. It also features a report on concerns in Israel that Iran is preparing to escalate violence along Israel's northern border with Syria and Lebanon.

Israel’s two narratives on Gaza

It seems likely that the cabinet heard that it is not desirable to take on all fronts at the same time, and that Israel should find a way to place Gaza on “mute” for the time being, and keep its focus and readiness facing north.

Evolving Iranian and US strategy in Syria

Update from AIJAC   Update 10/18 #01 This Update deals with evolving Iranian strategy in Syria and the wider Middle East - as well as the changing...

Behind the News – October 2018

The value of the Iranian currency, the Rial, continues to plummet. Since the gradual resumption of US sanctions, following Washington’s decision to abandon the nuclear deal with Iran (JCPOA), the Rial has lost about two-thirds of its value.

Israel, Russia and Iran in Syria

This Update deals with the aftermath of the incident on Tuesday, whereby the Syrian regime accidentally shot down a Russian military reconnaissance plane following an Israeli air raid on an Iranian arms facility in northern Syria. It also looks at the the larger strategic context for these events in Syria, especially the ongoing Israeli-Iranian conflict there.

From Adversaries to Friends

A number of Gulf states are becoming increasingly frustrated by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to negotiate with Israel according to former Israeli Ambassador...

A Syria-Gaza Link?

As factions in Gaza fired rockets at Israel, an offensive by the alliance backing the Assad regime was underway in southern Syria, likely to reach the Golan border soon.

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