Trump’s Bumbling Middle East Dance

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu

by Mitchell Plitnick Both Barack Obama and Donald Trump wanted to change US policy toward both Israel-Palestine and Iran. When Obama arrived in the Oval Office, he brought an ambitious foreign policy plan with him. He wanted to diminish the… Continue Reading  

American Jewish Anti-Occupation Advocacy Needs To Go Global

Milos Zeman

by Frima (Merphie) Bubis Two months after the U.S. Embassy officially moved to Jerusalem, the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, hosted AIPAC, America’s largest pro-Israel lobby at an official event in the national palace. There, he called on his government to… Continue Reading  

Religion Corrupting Policy—and Vice Versa

John Hagee delivers benediction at opening of US embassy in Jerusalem

 by Paul R. Pillar The most jarring takeaway from the ceremony redesignating a U.S. consulate building in Jerusalem as an embassy certainly was the juxtaposition of the self-congratulatory speechmaking with the killing on the same day. Forty miles away, Israeli… Continue Reading  

Time to Take Trump at His Word on Israel-Palestine

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by Lara Friedman Since well before Election Day, Donald Trump and his key advisors made clear that a Trump administration would blow-up longstanding U.S. policy on Israel-Palestine. Whether talking about moving the U.S. embassy, renouncing any commitment to the two-state… Continue Reading  

New Senior Adviser to US Ambassador to Israel: Ideology Trumps Experience

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by Marsha B. Cohen Aryeh Lightstone, an orthodox rabbi with no diplomatic experience, is now the senior adviser to US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. In 2014-15, Lightstone served as CEO of Shining City, an American organization that has provided… Continue Reading