• Rashida Tlaib pushes for cease-fire in Gaza – and faces blowback (Christian Science Monitor

    “…Lara Friedman, a former U.S. foreign service officer in the Middle East and now president of the Foundation of Middle East Peace, says that absent support from the Biden administration or leading advocacy groups, those supporting a cease-fire will be called anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and pro-Hamas. ‘That’s a hard place to put yourself,’ she says.”

  • Catastrophe in Gaza: What’s Next? Parts 1 & 2

    Catastrophe in Gaza: What’s Next? Part 1: Monday, October 30th, 2023 ft. Inès Abdel Razek (Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy), Fadi Quran (Avaaz), & Lara Friedman (FMEP) Listen to this webinar…

  • FMEP Legislative Round-Up: October 27, 2023

    1.Bills, Resolutions 2. Letters 3. Hearings & Markups 4. Selected Media & Press releases/Statements NOTE: Once again this week, given the scope and pace of…

  • Settlement & Annexation Report: October 27, 2023

    Welcome to FMEP’s Weekly Settlement Report, covering everything you need to know about Israeli settlement activity this week. To subscribe to this report, please click here.…

  • White House accused of endorsing Palestinian displacement in budget request (Middle East Eye)

    …”Lara Friedman, president of the Washington-based Foundation for Middle East Peace, said the Biden administration has made it clear that there are no red lines for Israel. ‘That includes not putting any red lines on where Palestinians end up,’ she said. ‘You’re not saying they can’t do it publicly and you’re already pulling together funding to support it if it happens. How can you not see that as a green light?’… Friedman of the Foundation for Middle East Peace also sees a troubling trend among analysts who say that Israel hasn’t defined its end game and that there is no military solution in Gaza, which she said ‘ignores the possibility of ending Palestinians in Gaza’. ‘Then whatever is left, whatever percentage of Palestinians from Gaza survive, are somebody else’s problem because they aren’t in Gaza anymore. That is a military solution, Friedman said.”

    “To at least not consider that that is the objective here feels to me like analytical malfeasance.”

  • The election that led to Hamas taking over Gaza (Washington Post)

    “The election yielded a shock victory for Hamas, which won the most seats with some 44 percent of the vote. Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, which advocates for rapprochement and peace between Israelis and Palestinians, recently observed that in no single district in Gaza did Hamas win a majority of votes. At present, children make up roughly half of Gaza’s population, meaning only a fraction of the territory’s current population ever cast a ballot for Hamas.”