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U.S. and Israel Must Act to Preserve Partnership, Say Blackwill and Gordon in New Report

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:47:43 -0500

“The U.S.-Israel relationship is in trouble,” warn Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellows Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon in a new Council Special Report, Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship. Significant policy differences over issues in the Middle East, as well as changing demographics and politics within both the United States and Israel, have pushed the two countries apart. Blackwill, a former senior official in the Bush administration, and Gordon, a former senior official in the Obama administration, call for “a deliberate and sustained effort by policymakers and opinion leaders in both countries” to repair the relationship and to avoid divisions “that no one who cares about Israel’s security or America’s values and interests in the Middle East should want.”


Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:45 -0500

The U.S. relationship with Israel is in trouble. Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon offer six core policy proposals to repair, redefine, and invigorate the partnership.


Just How Much Should We Boycott Israel?

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 17:33:59 -0500

While Donald Trump was getting himself elected president, various factions of the American Left were fighting over just how much to boycott Israel. Elliott Abrams explains their ludicrous debate in The Weekly Standard.


The Crisis in U.S.-Israeli Relations

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:12:31 -0400

In a review essay in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon asks whether the United States and Israel are drifting apart and assesses proposals to keep them together.


'Historic' in the Worst Way

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:46:06 -0400

President Obama and his defenders are trumpeting the new aid agreement with Israel as proof that he is the best friend Israel ever had in the White House. In fact, it’s a bad deal and should be treated the same way Obama treated prior agreements he didn't like: It should be forgotten by the next president.


Why Peace Is Not at Hand

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:43:19 -0400

New polls of Israelis and Palestinians prove that peace is not at hand, and views on a peace deal are very far apart. But they also contain some interesting data, as Elliott Abrams explains in National Review.



The Disappearance of the Two-State Solution

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:30:23 -0400

The 2016 Republican Party platform contains no references to the two-state solution. Is this a crisis? Elliott Abrams writes in National Review that, after years of failed attempts to broker a peace agreement, the United States should seek to promote the goal of peace without dictating one sole path forward.



Media Call: The Struggle for Israel

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:48:14 -0400

Contributors to Foreign Affairs' July/August issue discuss the profound changes Israel is undergoing, and what they mean for its politics, society, and relationships with the United States and other Middle Eastern countries.


Ministering Justice

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:13:22 -0400

Ayelet Shaked is a relative new­comer to Israeli politics. Shaked, 40, served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s office manager before breaking with the prime minister and joining Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party in 2012 and then winning election to the Knesset in 2013. Following the 2015 election, Shaked was named Israel’s minister of justice. 


Anger and Hope

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:10:11 -0400

Tzipi Livni has been called the most powerful woman in Israel since Golda Meir. Born to a prominent right-wing family, Livni spent several years working for the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, before entering politics.


The End of the Old Israel

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:07:26 -0400

Israel—at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination—is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality


Israel Among the Nations

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:04:47 -0400

In 1996, Ehud Barak, who was then Israel’s foreign minister and would later serve as prime minister, charac­terized Israel as “a modern and prosperous villa in the middle of the jungle.” Twenty years later, as political turmoil and vio­lence engulf the Middle East, that harsh metaphor captures better than ever the way most Israelis see their country and its place in the region. 


Israel’s Second-Class Citizens

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:01:28 -0400

When the world focuses on the Arab-Israeli crisis today, the plight of the 4.6 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank gets most of the attention. But another pressing question haunts Israeli politics: the status and future of Israel’s own Arab citizens, who number around 1.7 million and make up around 21 percent of its popu­lation. 


Israel’s Evolving Military

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:59:11 -0400

Soon after Benjamin Netanyahu began his second term as Israel’s prime minister in March 2009, he ordered the country’s military to develop a plan for a unilateral military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.


Israel and the Post-American Middle East

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:58:00 -0400

Was the feud between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, first over settlements and then over Iran, a watershed? Netanyahu, it is claimed, turned U.S. support of Israel into a partisan issue.


Too Soon to Rekindle Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process?

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:33:01 -0400

Domestic pressures facing Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas mean France's bid to reboot Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will likely be a nonstarter, says CFR's Robert Danin. 


Bernie Sanders: The Old Lefty’s Wrong View of Israel

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:23:19 -0400

Bernie Sanders recently spoke at some length about Israel, with the New York Daily News. Elliott Abrams analyzed the interview in The Weekly Standardfinding no hostility to the Jewish State—but confusion and misinformation.


If American Jews and Israel Are Drifting Apart, What's the Reason?

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:23:46 -0400

If American Jews and Israel, are drifting apart, what’s the reason? That is the title of Elliott Abrams’s review essay in Mosaic, covering two new books that blame Israel—and its government’s policies—for the apparent drift. But the conventional wisdom is wrong, and the problems lie at home, among American Jews, not in Jerusalem.


Model Diplomacy: Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:00:55 -0500

Model Diplomacy: Israeli-Palestinian Impasse


UN Security Council Resolution 2257: Renewal of the Mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:33:00 -0500

This resolution extends the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) until 30 June 2016. Since 1974, UNDOF has monitored the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian forces.


Israel — Cleared but In the Dock

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:45:40 -0500

In an article for National Review, Elliott Abrams explains that the recent High Level Military Group report lauds Israel’s performance in the most recent Gaza war as “exemplary” for other liberal democracies fighting a war on jihadi terror.


How Does Israel Regulate Encryption?

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:57:53 -0500

Recent terrorist attacks and resulting questions about the limits of surveillance have rekindled debate about how governments should deal with the challenges of powerful, commercially available encryption. With active debate in the United States and Western Europe surrounding this issue, it is instructive to note that Israel has been regulating encryption for decades.


Amid Shifting Mideast Tensions, an Opening for Israeli-Saudi Relations?

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:11:16 -0500

The shifting politics of the Middle East has created a convergence of interests between Israel and Saudi Arabia, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh. The United States can help by moderating a strategic dialogue that has the potential to counter Iranian influence and rejuvenate the peace process.


Why Israel Waits

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:12:41 -0400

Israeli national security strategy can seem baffling.


If You Love Israel, Don’t Boycott It

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:06:12 -0400

We love Israel. We love it more than we love other nations. That’s why we must do all we can to destroy its economy.


Words Have Consequences

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:00:32 -0400

Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies Elliott Abrams argued that incitement by Palestinian leaders and media—not poverty and hopelessness—has been the motivating forces behind recent violence against Israel.


Netanyahu and AIPAC: Right to Fight

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:26:16 -0400

In an article for The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams discusses why Prime Minister Netanyahu and AIPAC are right to expend their political capital on fighting the nuclear deal with Iran.


The Ally That Wasn't

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:29:51 -0400

In a review for Commentary, Elliott Abrams analyzes Ambassador Michael Oren’s new book Ally. Abrams notes that while Ambassador Oren frankly describes the various actions by President Obama that worsened relations between the U.S. and Israel, he is not candid about the supporters who defended Obama as he went down that path.


A Violent Uprising in the West Bank

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:06:53 -0400

There is growing risk of a violent uprising in the West Bank that could be costly to Israelis and Palestinians and harmful to U.S. interests. Steven Simon suggests measures to reduce the probability of West Bank violence and minimize its consequences.


Bibi’s Man in D.C., Still Spinning for the Boss

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:15:04 -0400

Philip Gordon reviews Michael B. Oren’s book Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. Gordon remembers Oren as a smart, professional, and friendly colleague, but argues the book is a caricature, full of distortions, that will contribute to the deterioration of the very relationship the author purposes to cherish.