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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 06:43:55 -0400

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Stop Supporting Palestinian Terror

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:56:15 -0400

Should Congress cut aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it ceases payments to terrorists and their families? In the new issue of National Review magazine, Elliott Abrams argues that Congress should pass the Taylor Force Act, cut the aid, and try to force a change in Palestinian political culture.


The Hawk Dressed as a Dove

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:15:57 -0400

How did a tough general like Yitzhak Rabin come to offer the Golan Heights to Hafez al-Assad and to make a deal that brought Yasser Arafat back from exile to rule the Palestinian Territories? Elliott Abrams's review of Itamar Rabinovich's new biography of Rabin raises these and other issues.


U.S.-Israel Relations

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:21:10 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert Danin examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on Israel.


Media Files:

A Big Deal?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:20:10 -0500

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington demonstrated that the tensions in U.S.-Israeli relations during the Obama administration are over and that the Trump administration intends to pursue a peace process.


Bibi and Donald

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:01:00 -0500

Prime Minister Netanyahu is visiting Washington this week. In The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams discusses how he and President Trump will handle Jerusalem, Iran, and the "peace process" when they meet. 


The Obama ‘Settlements’ Crisis

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:09:14 -0500

How did the Obama administration become obsessed with freezing Israeli settlements, leading to the UN vote and Kerry speech that have brought such widespread condemnation? Elliott Abrams explains the history in National Review.


Why Netanyahu Will Miss Obama

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:36:19 -0500

Unconditional U.S. support could cause problems for Israel’s prime minister, argues Philip Gordon.


John Kerry's Final, Harmful Insult to Israel

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:55:28 -0500

John Kerry’s 75-minute apologia on Israel, peace, and the settlements contained no new ideas, but did further damage to Israel. Elliott Abrams explains the problem in The Weekly Standard.


Obama's Disgraceful and Harmful Legacy on Israel

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:19:36 -0500

Elliott Abrams comments on the Obama administration’s abstention on the recent United Nations Security Council resolution.


The United States Just Made Middle East Peace Harder

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:01:52 -0500

Last week the Obama administration abandoned Israel at the United Nations, allowing the passage of a damaging and hostile Security Council resolution. In an op-ed entitled “The United States Just Made Middle East Peace Harder” in The Washington Post, Elliott Abrams explained his views.


U.S.-Israel Relations

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:00:27 -0500

Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon discuss what the U.S. and Israeli governments can do to reframe and revive the countries’ relationship.


Media Files:

President Trump and the Art of the "Ultimate" Israel-Palestine Peace Deal

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:00:23 -0500

The Obama obsession with Israeli settlement activity ruined his policy toward Israel, prevented the negotiations he wanted, and was not based on the facts. The Trump administration should take a very different approach, Elliott Abrams argues in Foreign Policy magazine. 


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.