• Trump turns away from the Palestinians

    “They took Jerusalem off table, now they are taking refugees off the table,” Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, told Al-Monitor, referring to the Trump administration.

  • After issuing video, Sanders won’t say if he backs Palestinian ‘right of return’

    On Tuesday, Sanders released a video montage on Twitter, embossed with his campaign logo, that cross-cut between the inauguration ceremony of the Jerusalem embassy this week and the violence that unfolded in the Gaza Strip. It also included segments from a panel discussion the Brooklyn native participated in with Lara Friedman, who heads the left-wing Foundation for Middle East Peace, Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, and Rob Malley, a former Obama administration official.

  • 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.”