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Ground Truth Briefing | Analyzing Israel's Elections

On April 9 Israelis went to the polls in what may well be one of the most consequential and complicated elections in the nation’s history.

In this Ground Truth Briefing, four veteran analysts and journalists of the Israeli scene discuss the election results and their impact on Israel’s politics, foreign policy, the U.S.-Israeli relationship and the pursuit of peace.

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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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.