• CNAS and Brookings Announce Formation of Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward Gaza

    The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy today announced the creation of their Future of U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Gaza Task Force. The task force will examine U.S. options for addressing the ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip and convene a series of sessions over the next six months to tackle these issues. These issues include (but are not limited to) the near-term humanitarian challenges as well as the long-term political problems plaguing the Gaza Strip. FMEP President Lara Friedman was announced as a member of the task force.

  • The Democratic Party’s Israel Problem

    “You can’t claim to have principles and then demand that Israel be held to a different and lower standard.” Lara Friedman comments for the American Conservative on the support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act enjoys among some Democratic lawmakers.

  • As He Squeezes the Palestinians, Trump Is Throwing Out 25 Years of U.S. Policy

    Friedman, from the Foundation for Middle East Peace, points to an op-ed written by Amb. Friedman in February 2016, in which he argued that the two-state solution “has never been a solution, only a narrative,” and that “even the narrative itself now needs to end.”

    “It is clear that the Trump administration seeks to return U.S. policy to the pre-peace process era, when pressure on Israel to end the occupation was anathema, the notion of a Palestinian state was political heresy, and the Palestinian national cause was synonymous with terrorism,” Lara Friedman added in an email. “In this context, legislation like the Taylor Force Act has far greater and more insidious implications.”

  • Congress threatens to cut UN funding for voting against Israel

    “It fits in with what people like Haley have been saying,” Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a nonprofit opposed to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, told Al-Monitor. “This doesn’t come out of nowhere. People who see this as a positive thing will see this as one more tool in the president’s arsenal to use.”

  • Israel anti-boycott bill inches closer to passing Senate after revisions

    “The only concrete thing ‘softened’ by the new text is the removal of jail time for violations,” said Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a nonprofit opposed to Israel’s West Bank settlements. The bill, she said, was also tweaked “so that the law does not necessarily apply to individuals if they are acting in an exclusively personal, private capacity.”

  • Anti-BDS bills expected to feature prominently at AIPAC

    “We have seen a wave of legislation in US states and efforts at the federal level … to define any differentiation between the two as boycotting Israel and to seek ways to use US law to either sanction people doing that to punish them or to prevent them from doing it,” said Lara Friedman, president of the Washington, DC-based Foundation for Middle East Peace.

  • Who are the Zionists Against Israeli Settlements and the Occupation of the West Bank?

    “As a liberal Zionist, I fiercely defend Israel’s right to exist, its right to security, and its legitimacy as a member of the community of nations,” writes Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. “I also fiercely care about what kind of state Israel exists as and the values it embodies. I want to see Israel flourish as a liberal democracy that fully implements the rule of law, adheres to international norms, and respects the civil and human rights of all peoples living under its authority.”