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The View From Israel: A Conversation with Reuven Azar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel

Reuven Azar, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., discussed various issues facing Israel, including the Iranian nuclear deal, the feasibility of a two-state solution, and U.S.-Israeli relations during the Trump administration.

Can This ‘Special Relationship’ Be Saved?

During the months after President Trump’s election, Israel and many of its supporters in the United States cheered as he promised a new, warmer relationship, such as a more lenient approach to settlements in the West Bank and moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Why Trump’s Love Affair With Netanyahu Won’t Last

As Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet this week in Washington, it’s hard not to conclude that the U.S.-Israeli relationship has entered a new and happier era. The Israeli prime minister’s feuds with Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, were legendary—and by the end of Obama’s term, the two men were barely speaking. But amid the sounds of popping champagne corks and cheering in Washington and Jerusalem, listen carefully and you just might hear the distant rumblings of less happy times to come.

Ground Truth Briefing Series: What Does the World Expect of President Donald Trump?

President-elect Donald Trump is promising to shift U.S. foreign policy priorities and to reshape America’s system of alliances. What does the world expect of President Trump? Our new series of ground truth briefings provides deep dives into the critical issues facing the new administration. Join us by PHONE, as veteran scholars and analysts from around the globe discuss  U.S. engagement with the world. Click on the event titles below to RSVP or listen to the podcast.

What Does the World Expect of President-elect Trump: Middle East

Iran Expects:

Hassan Rouhani and his supporters worry whether the nuclear deal will hold and if it does not, will want to ensure they are not blamed; Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) likely to test Trump Administration early  in the Persian Gulf.

Syrian Opposition, Arabs, and Kurds Expect:

With regard to the ongoing war in Syria, there is renewed concern that U.S. assistance to Anti-Assad opposition will end; and Trump Administratioin will be even more risk averse than predecessor.

Iraq Expects:

The United States, the Next President, and the Middle East: A View from Israel

Ephraim Sneh, former Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense, shared his perspective on Israel’s national security, the civil war in Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle For Israel, 1917-1947

In this groundbreaking work, Bruce Hoffman—America’s leading expert on terrorism—brilliantly re-creates the crucial thirty-year period that led to the birth of Israel. Drawing on previously untapped archival resources in London, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Anonymous Soldiers shows how the efforts of two militant Zionist groups brought about the end of British rule in the Middle East. Hoffman shines new light on the bombing of the King David Hotel, the assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo, the leadership of Menachem Begin, the life and death of Abraham Stern, and much else.

Iran, Israel, and the United States: What to Expect Next?

Two experts offered analysis on the future of triangular relations among Iran, Israel, and the United States.