Israel

Sewing the Fabric of Statehood: Garment Unions, American Labor, and the Establishment of the State of Israel

Many entities played important roles in the establishment of Israel, but scholars have rarely assessed the American labor movement’s critical part in this endeavor. Historian Adam Howard examines American labor’s crucial role through its support of Histadrut, the General Federation of Jewish Labor in Palestine. In assisting Histadrut, the American labor movement provided vital support to a fellow labor movement that was central to the founding of Israel in 1948.

Israel in a Turbulent Region: A Conversation with Ephraim Sneh

Israel sits at the center of a region in the throes of several major challenges, including the situations in Iran, Syria, and Lebanon as well as the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The Wilson Center hosted a conversation with Ephraim Sneh, a long-time Israeli official and analyst of Israel’s foreign policy and the region at large. He addressed these challenges as well as the state of U.S.-Israeli relations.
 

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Aaron David Miller

Trump Is Reinventing the U.S. Approach to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Recent months have seen a series of dramatic steps by the Trump administration with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, defunding the agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, cutting West Bank aid, shutting down the PLO mission in Washington, and persistently promising to present its own peace plan. The flurry of activity comes even as the prospects of an actual deal seem increasingly remote. The Palestinian leadership has made clear it won’t so much as glance at any U.S.

An Israeli Perspective on Russia’s Role in the Middle East

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead discusses how Russia has positioned itself as a major player in Syria and about its ambitions in the greater Middle East region. He also explains the current state of Israel-Russia relations.

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Are Iran and Israel Going to War in Syria and Lebanon?

Last week, tensions exploded along the Israeli-Syrian border in a sequence of historic firsts: an Iranian drone penetrated Israeli airspace; Israel attacked Iranian-manned sites in Syria; Syria shot down an Israeli fighter jet for the first time since 1982; and Israel conducted intensive airstrikes against Syrian air defenses.

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