Erasing Occupation: The Pernicious Role of Congress

by Lara Friedman The past two years have seen a wholesale shift in U.S. policy aimed at erasing the foundations on which the peace process was built—mutual recognition, agreement to resolve core issues only through negotiations, acceptance of Israel’s right… Continue Reading  

Not Breaking News: Trump Administration Does Not Believe in Occupation

by Lara Friedman Starting from virtually the moment President Trump took office in January 2017, he and his Middle East team began implementing a far-reaching transformation of U.S. policy vis-à-vis Israel and the Palestinians. Their intention: to erase the very… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Jerusalem Policy and Israeli-Palestinian Peace

by Lara Friedman With the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem looming large, speculation continues to mount regarding President Trump’s long-promised plan to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. Does it exist? Will it ever be released? Will Secretary of State Mike… Continue Reading  

Congress Addresses Iran and Israel/Palestine

by Lara Friedman As we have over the past two years, LobeLog is posting excerpts from the Legislative Round-up published weekly when Congress is in session by the inimitable Lara Friedman, previously of Americans for Peace Now and now the president of the Foundation… Continue Reading  

Taking Issues “Off the Table”–First Jerusalem, Now Refugees

by Lara Friedman Last month, President Donald Trump granted a cherished wish of American and Israeli hardliners, taking Jerusalem—an issue that the Oslo Agreement stipulated would be resolved only in permanent status negotiations—“off the table.” Now, only weeks later, American… Continue Reading