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Together Forever? Netanyahu, Liberman and the New Israeli Government

The expansion of the Netanyahu Government carries major ramifications for Israeli politics, relations with Palestinians and the Arab World and the U.S-Israeli relationship.

In this podcast discussion, three prominent analysts and observers of Israeli politics evaluate the significance of Netanyahu's coalition agreement with Avigdor Liberman, Israel's new Minister of Defense. 



Undeclared Wars with Israel: East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989

Author Jeffrey Herf draws upon his recently published work Undeclared Wars with Israel:  East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989. The book examines the spectrum of antagonism to Israel coming from the East German and West German organizations of the far left during these years – including hostile propaganda, political warfare at the United Nations in New York, military training, cooperation of secret services, and delivery of weapons to Arab states and Palestinian organizations then engaged in wars and terrorist campaigns against Israel.

Kennedy, Dimona and the Nuclear Proliferation Problem: 1961-1962

Kennedy, Dimona and the Nuclear Proliferation Problem: 1961-1962

by Avner Cohen and William Burr


Middle East Turmoil: The View From Israel With Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon

Israel sits in the center of a turbulent and chaotic region of the globe, and some believe the Middle East has never been more volatile.  With that backdrop, Israel’s Minster of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon visited the Wilson Center to discuss his countries perspective on the ongoing turmoil.

Speakers (listed in order of appearance)
Joseph Gildenhorn, Former Chairman of the Board, Wilson Center
Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar, Wilson Center
Moshe Ya’alon, Minister of Defense, Israel

A Conversation with Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich

Itamar Rabinovich, founding President of the Israel Institute, addressed Israel’s views of recent regional and international issues and the challenges and opportunities these issues present.

Director's Forum: A Conversation with H.E. Moshe Ya’alon, Minister of Defense of the State of Israel

Israel sits in a turbulent and chaotic region. Never has the Middle East been as unstable and challenging: a rising Iran; meltdown in Syria; an impasse in the Palestinian issue; Russian intervention and the rise of ISIS. How does Israel prioritize these challenges? And more importantly, what is Israel's strategy for dealing with them?

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating conversation and discussion of these and other issues with Israel’s Minister of Defense.

Current Middle East Meltdown: The View from Israel


Dore Gold, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared his analysis and Israel’s view of the current security and political challenges in the Middle East.

Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation: Just Another Round or Tipping Point?

The Takeaways:

1. This is a “new era” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Mr. Shikaki. Palestinian youth have largely lost faith in the Two-State Solution, the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world at large. They’re now attempting to shape their own destiny.