• FMEP Legislative Round-Up: July 28, 2023

    1.Bills, Resolutions & Letters 2. Members of Congress on Israel’s Judicial “Reform” 3. Thou Shalt Not Call Israel “Racist” – continued 4. Hearings, Markups &…

  • Biden Gives Israel a Pass on West Bank Violence – SpyTalk (Jonathan Broder)

    “By coincidence, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf was on an official visit to Israel last week when the violence erupted, leading to hopeful speculation among some Middle East watchers that her talks would focus on ways to tamp down the mounting communal violence. But Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, said the West Bank was not on the agenda. ‘The clear priority and objectives of the Biden administration when it comes to Israel these days is to find things to rally around in agreement and support.’ Friedman told SpyTalk. ‘So it’s about reassuring Israel on Iran; it’s about working on getting Israel into the U.S. Visa Waiver program; it’s about doubling down on the Abraham Accords and seeking a normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia.'”

  • Settlement & Annexation Report: July 21, 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.…

  • ‘Crisis of leadership’: How Democratic infighting silences criticism of Israel – Middle East Eye

    “‘The idea of accusing progressive Democrats of being anti-Israel and antisemitic has been proven to be an incredibly powerful weapon, not just for Republicans to use against Democrats, but to throw in and let Democrats use against other Democrats,’ said Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. ‘Until the Democratic party is willing to make space to legitimise a spectrum of views on Zionism and Israel, then this is always going to be a sharp-edged weapon that Republicans just throw onto the other side of the aisle and let Democrats attack each other with it.'”

  • Herzog’s US visit designed to showcase Democrats’ uncritical support of Israel – Middle East Eye

    “”Immediately after this current government came into took office, we started to hear language about the US-Israel relationship being stronger than one government or the policies of one government. And I think that’s something this administration and Democrats in Congress are leaning into hard,” Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, told MEE… ‘This [visit] is about bear hugging Israel, the idea of the nation, the people, the relationship,’ said Friedman. ‘The relationship is bigger than any of these policies. US unconditional, unshakable support for Israel’s security is bigger than any [judicial] reform.'”

  • FMEP Legislative Round-Up: July 21, 2023

    1.Bills, Resolutions & Letters 2. Israeli President on the Hill 3. Thou Shalt Not Call Israel “Racist”! 4. Hearings & Events 5. Media & Reports…