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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Visits Israel: A Historic Moment in Israel – Philippine Relations
On September 2, Rodrigo Duterte will become the first Philippine president to visit Israel since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1957. The two nations have enjoyed reciprocal support and respect over the last 61 years, but even prior to the formal relationship, it is notable that in 1947, the Philippines was the only Asian nation to vote in favor of UN Resolution 181 that created the State of Israel.
Why Israel is Striving to Expand Ties with These 10 Asian Countries
Here’s what you need to know about the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their ties with Israel and the Jewish people.
The Cruel Conundrum of Gaza: What are Israel’s Options?
With no grand solutions either violent or peaceful at hand, the IDF's preferred option remains conflict management. At its core lies the old, ugly but useful concept that has always been central to Israel's security doctrine: deterrence, writ large.
Bipartisan Delegation of California State Legislators Visit Israel, Explore Bilateral Collaboration Opportunities
A diverse, bipartisan delegation of California state legislators is visiting Israel for intensive dialogue and briefings with AJC (American Jewish Committee) Project Interchange.
AJC Criticizes Knesset Adoption of Nation-State Bill
AJC is deeply disappointed that the Israeli Knesset, with the active support of Prime Minister Netanyahu, adopted today the controversial nation-state bill.
25 Years of Israel-Vietnam Relations: A Conversation with Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam
This July marks 25 years since Israel and Vietnam officially established diplomatic relations. In celebration of this important milestone, Daniel Silver, Assistant Director of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute, interviewed H.E. Nadav Eshcar, Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam, on the past 25 years of relations and what the future holds.
African Business Leaders Visiting Israel With AJC
AJC Project Interchange and AJC’s Africa Institute are hosting a delegation in Israel of 10 African business leaders who specialize in renewable energy and agriculture for a week of collaboration and knowledge sharing with their Israeli counterparts.
A Dynamic Moment in Israel-Africa Relations
Why is Israel returning to Africa? For Netanyahu, one reason dominates all others. “The automatic majority against Israel at the UN is composed—first and foremost—of African countries,” he told a gathering of Israel’s ambassadors to Africa in February of last year. “Whether in the end or at the outset, our goal is to change their voting patterns.”
13th Annual AJC Project Interchange Delegation of U.S. University Presidents Exploring Bilateral Collaboration in Israel
With the goals of fostering technological innovation and boosting bilateral academic research and exchange opportunities, the presidents of U.S. universities and colleges are visiting Israel this week with AJC (American Jewish Committee) Project Interchange.
What Does the Trump Team Do Differently?
While it is too early to know what the Trump Administration's Middle East peace team – led by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt – will suggest as the basis for possible negotiations, it is already evident that the Palestinian leadership is in anguish, and for the time being adamant in refusing to engage with the U.S. effort.
Special Global Forum Episode: The Great Debate
MK Stav Shaffir debated Mayor Oded Revivi of the West Bank settlement of Efrat on the question of “One State or Two States, Is There a Solution?"
Namaste, Shalom, Au Revoir
Four years ago, I set out to New Delhi for what promised to be an exciting tenure as Ambassador of Israel to India. My service as the head of MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) prior to this posting had introduced me to the potential of the growing partnership between India and Israel through development. As ambassador, I soon learned just how strong and diverse the bond between our countries really is.
AJC Global Forum Attendees Hold Religious Pluralism Solidarity Event at Davidson Center
More than 1,000 people from around the world attending the 2018 AJC Global Forum gathered yesterday at Jerusalem’s Davidson Center in a public display of love of Israel, devotion to Jerusalem, and solidarity with diaspora and Israeli Jews seeking religious equality.
Call to Action by AJC CEO David Harris
AJC CEO David Harris closes the AJC Global Forum 2018 with a stirring and inspirational message.
AJC Moral Courage Award: Galilee Medical Center
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, AJC presented the Moral Courage Award to the Galilee Medical Center for its role in saving the lives of patients fleeing Syria's civil war.
AJC Project Interchange Moment: Na’el Zoabi and Péter Niedermüller
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, participants heard the unique stories of two AJC Project Interchange Alumni.
A Conversation with Tzipi Livni
On day four of AJC Global Forum in Israel, the Co-Leader of Zionist Union Tzipi Livni sat down for a conversation with AJC Pacific Institute Chair Jeffrey Stone.
A Special Message from Ms. Israel
Miss Israel 2017, Adar Gandelsman, addressed AJC Global Forum 2018 together with her friend Miss Iraq 2017, Sarah Idan.
A Special Message from Ms. Iraq
Sarah Idan, whose family was forced to flee Iraq after an Instagram photo with Israel's contestant Adar Gandelsman went viral last year, spoke to AJC Global Forum participants about her hopes for the future of the Middle East
Naftali Bennett Discusses Israel-Diaspora Relations at AJC Global Forum
Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett spoke at the 2018 AJC Global Forum last night. During a conversation with Kim Pimley, an AJC officer, he expressed concern over growing gaps between Israeli and American Jews and, more broadly, the future of diaspora Jewry in general.
Bulgaria Prime Minister Borissov Addresses AJC Global Forum
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, addressing the AJC Global Forum, extolled his country’s close relations with Israel, recalled the efforts of his countrymen to save Bulgaria’s Jewish population during World War II, and expressed support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ambassador Dan Shapiro at Pluralism, Prayer, & Partnership
During a unique program at the first-ever AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem titled Pluralism, Prayer & Partnership, Ambassador Dan Shapiro addressed attendees at the Davidson Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Hanan Leberman's Tfila Leshlom Hamedina
During a unique program at the first-ever AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem titled Pluralism, Prayer & Partnership, Hanan Leberman led attendees in the singing of Tfila Leshlom Hamedina at the Davidson Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Israeli MK Rachel Azaria at Pluralism, Prayer & Partnership
During a unique program at the first-ever AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem titled Pluralism, Prayer & Partnership, Israeli MK Rachel Azaria addressed attendees at the Davidson Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem.
AJC's Harriet Schleifer at Pluralism, Prayer & Partnership
During a unique program at the first-ever AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem titled Pluralism, Prayer & Partnership, AJC Board of Governors Chair Harriet Schleifer addressed attendees at the Davidson Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem.
AJC's Kim Pimley at Pluralism, Prayer, & Partnership
During a unique program at the first-ever AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem titled Pluralism, Prayer & Partnership, AJC International Relations Commission Chair Kim Pimley addressed attendees at the Davidson Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Great Debate - One State or Two: Is There A Solution?
Arguing for a one-state solution was Oded Revivi, the Mayor of Efrat and Chief Foreign Envoy of the Council of Jewish Settlements in Judea and Samaria. Arguing for a two-state solution was Stav Shaffir, a member of Knesset.
Remembering Heroic Friends of Israel: President Harry S. Truman
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem, the Director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum helped AJC memorialize President Harry S. Truman, a heroic friend of Israel.
A Conversation with the Minister of Diaspora Affairs of Israel Naftali Bennett
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem, the Chair of the AJC International Relations Commission, Kim Pimley, discussed the state of Israel-Diaspora ties with the Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Minister of Education of Israel Naftali Bennett.
AJC Moral Courage Award: Sandra Samuel
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, Indian Christian Sandra Samuel received the AJC Moral Courage Award for her heroism during and after the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
Address from the Prime Minister of Bulgaria
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov gave a special address to the attendees at AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel.
A Conversation with the First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Tamar Chugoshvili
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, the First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Tamar Chugoshvili, sat down for a conversation with AJC CEO David Harris.
Faces of Israel: Ahmed Zoabi
At AJC Global Forum 2018, Ahmed Zoabi, the director of Youth Department at the Bustan Almarg Regional Council, shared his unique Israel story.
Faces of Israel: Ahlam Alsana
At AJC Global Forum 2018, Ahlam Alsana the principal at Desert Stars School Branco Weiss shared her unique Israel story.
Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay Addresses AJC Global Forum
MK Avi Gabbay, chairman of Israel’s Labor Party, addressed the AJC Global Forum last night.
AJC J-REC, Knesset Members Discuss Religious Pluralism
At a meeting between the American Jewish Committee's Jewish Religious Equality Coalition (J-REC) and members of Israel’s Knesset, J-REC representatives expressed concern over the growing rift between Diaspora Jews and Israel, especially about younger Jews distancing from Israel.
Austrian Chancellor Kurz Delivers Powerful Message of Responsibility at AJC Global Forum
Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz declared at the 2018 AJC Global Forum that the Austrian government viewed both the fight against anti-Semitism and the security of the state of Israel as part of the country’s Staatsräson, or national interest.
Highlights from Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's Address to AJC Global Forum
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz declared at AJC Global Forum in Israel that Austria viewed both the fight against anti-Semitism and the security of Israel as part of the country’s Staatsräson.
Twenty-Five Years Since Oslo: What’s Next for the Peace Process?
At AJC Global Forum 2018, three leading officials from the EU, UN, and Israel gave their insights on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Siblings or Strangers? Israeli Perspectives on the U.S.-Israel Relationship
At AJC Global Forum 2018, high-ranking officials from Israel gave their insights on the vital U.S.-Israel relationship.
Is Anti-Zionism the New Anti-Semitism?
This AJC Global Forum 2018 session explored the rise of a new strain of anti-Semitism masked as anti-Zionism.
Fair or Unfair? The Global Media's Coverage of Israel
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel four leading journalists from around the world explored the global media’s coverage of Israel.
Through Israel’s Eyes: Perceptions of the Diaspora
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, three Israeli thought leaders shared their perspectives of the Diaspora and discussed ways to bridge the widening gap between Jews in Israel and Jews outside of the Jewish state.
Three Years After the JCPOA: Examining the Iran Threat
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, four foreign policy experts examined the current state of the Iran threat in a conversation moderated by Yoav Limor, Senior Defense Correspondent for Israel Hayom.
Faces of Israel: The Goldin Family
Leah Goldin, appearing with her husband Simcha and son Tzur, spoke at AJC Global Forum 2018 in Jerusalem about her son Hadar Goldin, who was killed by Hamas terrorists in 2014.
AJC CEO David Harris on Austrian Chancellor's Speech: History Has Been Made at AJC Global Forum 2018
In an unscripted moment at AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, AJC CEO David Harris took to the podium immediately after an unprecedented speech by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who acknowledged Austria’s responsibility to both the Jewish people and, for the first time, the State of Israel.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Addresses AJC Global Forum
In a history-making address to AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz acknowledged Austria’s responsibility to both the Jewish people and, for the first time, the State of Israel.
Bridging Gaps, Building Peoplehood
American Jewish-Israeli relations usefully may be compared to a pyramid – close at the very top, drifting further and further apart at the foundations.
President Rivlin Addresses AJC Board of Governors
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin welcomed the AJC Board of Governors to the President’s House, ahead of the official opening of the AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem yesterday.
Prime Minister Netanyahu Addresses Opening of AJC Global Forum
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the opening plenary session of the 2018 AJC Global Forum, reaffirmed his commitment to countering Iranian aggression, achieving peace with the Palestinians, and expanding access to the Western Wall.
"Faces of Israel" Featuring Ambassador Belaynesh Zevadia and Rivka Ravitz
This AJC Global Forum 2018 session showcased the remarkable stories of two intrepid Israelis, Ambassador to Ethiopia Belaynesh Zevadia and Chief of Staff to the President of Israel Rivka Ravitz.
Highlights from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Address to AJC Global Forum 2018
All the must-watch moments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the first-ever AJC Global Forum in Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses AJC Global Forum 2018
On the opening night of the first-ever AJC Global Forum in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the largest-ever gathering of an American Jewish advocacy organization in Jerusalem.
AJC Global Forum 2018 Opening Video
For the first time in AJC's 112-year history, the organization's signature event, the AJC Global Forum, convened outside the United States.
Remembering Heroic Friends of Israel: Oswaldo Aranha and Jorge Garcia-Granados
Matthew Bronfman, Chair of the AJC Board of Trustees, introduces Pedro Corrêa do Lago and Carla Garcia-Granados to the AJC Global Forum 2018 crowd in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's Welcome Address
Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat kicked off AJC Global Forum 2018 by welcoming the participants to the eternal capital of the Jewish people.
Illuminating the Israeli-American Jewish divide
The message of the AJC survey is clear. If the concept of a global Jewish community – am ehad – is to retain any meaning, each of its two major components must develop a greater appreciation for the priorities and needs of the other. If not, the next AJC survey will find even more American and Israeli Jews writing off those in the other country as “not part of my family.”
AJC 2018 Survey of American Jewish Opinion
AJC's 2018 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company SSRS, is based on telephone interviews carried out April 18-May 10 with a national sample of 1,001 Jews over age 18.
AJC 2018 Survey of Israeli Jewish Opinion
AJC’s 2018 Survey of Israeli Jewish Opinion, conducted by Geocartography, is based on telephone interviews carried out in May with a national sample of 1,000 Jews over age 18.
AJC Comparative Surveys of Israeli, U.S. Jews Show Some Serious Divisions
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) today released its groundbreaking surveys of the attitudes of American and Israeli Jews, concluded ahead of the opening of the AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem.
AJC and Israel Together
More than 2,100 people, mostly American Jews, are converging in Jerusalem this week, participating in the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum. It’s the first time that my organization is holding its signature annual event in Israel, and, we are told, it is the largest-ever gathering in Israel’s capital by an American Jewish advocacy group.
AJC Symposium Examines Challenges in American Jewish-Israeli Relations
AJC has issued a new publication, Twenty-Five Essays about the Current State of Israeli-American Jewish Relations, as part of the global Jewish advocacy organization’s efforts to enhance ties between American and Israeli Jews.
The Problem is at Home, Not in Israel
The issues that pose the greatest challenge to strong American Jewish-Israeli ties are not the oft-cited left/right matters such as settlements or access to the Kotel.
Choosing Our Allies
There has yet to be serious conversation, let alone effective action, on the issue of religious pluralism in Israel, one of the core issues that may determine the future of relations between Jews in Israel and in the United States.
The Future of the American Jewish-Israeli Relationship
For the first time, American Jews and Israelis have a chance to develop a relationship between Jewish grown-ups. We need to recognize each other’s achievements, and understand, if not indulge, each other’s failures (which are often a consequence of geographic circumstance).
Why History Still Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War
Fifty-one years ago this week, the Six-Day War broke out. While some wars fade into obscurity, this one remains as relevant today as in 1967. Many of its core issues remain unresolved.
Six Sad Lessons from the Gaza Clashes
Even when we have good reasons to anticipate what is about to happen, the actual experience of events can still come as a shock.
Hamas: Not Exactly a “Peace and Love” Enterprise
Try as I might, there are some things I just don’t get.
One of them is the failure by many – in political circles, the media, and even segments of the Jewish community – to understand Israel’s unenviable security situation on its border with Gaza.
Don’t Confuse Me With the Facts on Gaza
But familiar as I am with media misrepresentation, recent coverage of the violent riots on the Gaza border has left me speechless.
Georgia Prime Minister Kvirikashvili to Address AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, will address the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum in Jerusalem.
AJC Statement on Gaza Violence
AJC Chief Executive Officer David Harris issued the following statement on the Gaza situation:
May 14, 2018: An Historic Day
This day will be remembered, above all, for another celebration – the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to its rightful place in Jerusalem. I am in Israel’s capital city to join in the festivities and express appreciation, on behalf of the nonpartisan American Jewish Committee (AJC), to the Trump administration for its bold decision.
Austria Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to Address AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem
Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria, will address the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum in Jerusalem. The four-day conference, June 10-13, is the premier Jewish global advocacy organization’s signature annual event.
Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to Address AJC Global Forum
Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman will address the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Netanyahu to Address AJC Global Forum
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum in Jerusalem. The four-day conference, June 10-13, is the premier Jewish global advocacy organization’s signature annual event.
Red Lines in Syria: Why Israel is Determined to Maintain Them
Two major, indeed vital, concerns drive the Israeli effort to draw clear red lines against the establishment of Syria as an Iranian base of operations.
Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s Middle East Envoy, Addresses AJC Luncheon
Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, addressing the AJC Women’s Leadership Board Spring Luncheon today, declared that the Administration “is deeply committed to achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.”
The Authority
Aiman Saif has a dream. He envisions a day in the not-so-distant future when the needs of Israel’s Arab minority are fully reflected in the government budget, signifying that they are considered as much a part of the Israeli population as the Jewish majority.
Israel at 70
Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary this month. Let me put my cards on the table — I’m not dispassionate when it comes to Israel.
What You Need to Know About the Violent Hamas Protests
More than 30,000 Palestinian protestors gathered near the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, March 30, for the “March of Return,” marking the beginning of a Hamas-led six-week demonstration calling for the destruction of the Jewish state. As expected, the protests continued this past weekend with estimates of 20,000 protesters.
7 Years Later: IsraAID’s Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
Four days after the catastrophe, the first Israeli search-and-rescue team arrived in the Tōhoku region and began to provide much-needed humanitarian relief. Israel was the first nation to establish a field hospital, and by the following week, IsraAID had initial operations up and running in Miyagi Prefecture, where the effects of the tsunami were especially destructive
AJC Welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Remarks at AIPAC Conference
AJC praised the remarks that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered today before an audience of over 18,000 at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Another Sign of Change in the Eastern Mediterranean
The consortia owning Israel's two productive gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean—Tamar and Leviathan (with a U.S. company, Noble Energy, an important but not a majority partner in both)—have signed a huge gas deal with an Egyptian company, estimated at 15 billion dollars over 10 years.
AJC Condemns Abbas’s UN Security Council Speech
AJC strongly condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech before the UN Security Council, in which he called for an ‘international conference” by the middle of this year to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Holding On to the Car Keys: Is the PA "Self-Abolition" a Real Option?
Is Mahmoud Abbas about to step down, perhaps even undo the entire Oslo process, and hand over the Palestinian Authority's functions – the proverbial "car keys" - back to Israel?
A New Era in Israeli-Saudi Relations?
The recent thaw in Israeli-Saudi relations must be understood in the context of the lengthy Saudi Arabia-Iran cold war, and, more generally, the larger conflict between Sunnis and Shi’ites.
An Open Letter to Karl Erjavec, Foreign Minister of Slovenia
You are on record as calling for your country to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state as soon as possible.
AJC Hails Vice President Pence’s Knesset Speech
AJC hailed Vice President Mike Pence’s address to the Knesset, the first-ever delivered by a U.S. vice president to Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem.
AJC Decries Abbas’s Appalling Anti-Peace Speech
AJC, which has long advocated for the search for a two-state solution, denounced the incendiary speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the Palestinian Central Council.
With Netanyahu Set to Visit Modi, India-Israel Relations Find a Diplomatic Groove
At a time of international tensions, the diplomatic relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a breath of minty fresh air—and a pragmatic model for bilateral foreign policy.
10 Twitter Accounts to Follow During Prime Minister Netanyahu’s India Visit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a historic visit to Israel last year, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to return the favor. The Israeli leader’s trip to India begins Sunday, January 14. He’ll deliver a keynote address at the prestigious Raisina Dialogue, meet with Indian Jewish community leaders, and announce agreements with Modi that will strengthen Israel’s relationship with the second most populous country in the world.
Shame: 10 Ways Israel Is Treated Differently
The recent focus on the Jerusalem issue is a telling reminder that Israel is treated according to a totally different standard than other countries in the international system.
Exclusive AJC eBook - Israeli Settlements: A History
In September 2008, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered 94% of the West Bank to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, with land swaps from Israel’s side of the Green Line accounting for nearly all of the remaining 6%. President Abbas didn’t say no—he didn’t say anything at all. The refusal to even acknowledge Prime Minister Olmert’s bold offer has done a great deal to heighten Israeli skepticism of Palestinian intentions.

What, indeed, is the Palestinian national goal? Do they, like the Zionist movement of the 19th and 20th centuries, seek to establish and build up a homeland? Or, as many fear, are they only interested in the elimination of the Jewish state of Israel?
Regional Wrestling with Jerusalem Reality
On a restaurant barge in the Nile, a small group of American Jews and members of the Egyptian business and political elite sat down for dinner a week after US President Donald Trump’s dramatic announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Utility and Futility of Abbas’s Internationalization Strategy
In the wake of President Trump's decision on Jerusalem, the Palestinian leadership promptly decided to "fire" the American mediator – and pretend to look for alternatives – which the Russians, the Chinese, even the Japanese, seem eager to provide if possible.
AJC Lauds Guatemala Decision to Return Its Embassy to Jerusalem
AJC welcomed the announcement by Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales that the country plans to return its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, where it had been located until 1980.
Ten Basic Facts about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
In all the discussion about this decades-long conflict and the quest for a solution, some basic facts are too often missing, neglected, downplayed, or skewed.
AJC Calls UN Resolution on U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem Impediment to Peace
AJC is dismayed by the overwhelming support of UN Member States for the General Assembly resolution condemning U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Jerusalem and the Middle East Peace Process
There are many reasons for caution in dealing with the status of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, to which the Palestinians also lay claims. However, there are also reasons that the U.S. government took a logical step stating the obvious, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump Is Right – Israel’s Capital Is Jerusalem
President Trump’s declaration Wednesday that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city is an acknowledgement of historical fact and current reality.
AJC Applauds U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital City
AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, praises President Trump for declaring today that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mayor Barkat, Addressing AJC, Urges U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, speaking today at an AJC breakfast, called on President Trump to “go with your heart” and “recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”
UN Prioritizes the Golan
The UN General Assembly demanded, yet again, that Israel withdraw completely from the Golan Heights and resume peace negotiations with Syria. The resolution, adopted by a vote of 105-6, with 58 abstentions, did not mention the civil war in Syria, now in its seventh year.
AJC Project Interchange Hosts U.S. University Presidents in Israel
With the goals of fostering technological innovation and boosting bilateral academic research and exchange opportunities, the presidents of top U.S. universities and colleges are visiting Israel this week with AJC Project Interchange.
AJC CEO David Harris on the Incident at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
We are appalled by what occurred yesterday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem involving a group of about 150 Reform Jews from the United States and Israel.
Will Israel’s Deterrence Work in Gaza?
Major General Yoav Mordechai is Coordinator of Government Policy in the Territories and Israel's most senior Arabic-speaking military officer.
What We Learned from the UNESCO Advocacy Seminar
We arrived in Paris, where UNESCO is headquartered, with 18 Jewish student leaders – half of whom were Americans studying abroad in Europe, and half of whom hailed from across Europe and beyond.
Challenges to the "National Home for the Jewish People" 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration
Thank you for inviting me to join in this centenary celebration of the Balfour Declaration – a celebration of the practical wisdom of a war-time British Government, of the triumph of historical obligation over colonial expediency, of the long-delayed recognition of a people’s rightful inheritance.
Gaza's Tunnels
The construction industry is thriving in Gaza, but we have evidence once again that much of it is taking place underground.
Abbas's Legacy
On the path to peace and Palestinian statehood, Mahmoud Abbas remains stuck at a crossroads. The question confronting the octogenarian Palestinian Authority president is whether he will find a way to achieve peace through negotiations with Israel, or remain in a diplomatic roundabout, endlessly circling with neither the capacity nor the will to exit. Tragically, it is now clear that the latter is his chosen legacy for the Palestinian people.
The Kurdish Referendum and Israel
The implications of Israel's supportive stance thus became much less dangerous for the Kurds, who did not hesitate to express their gratitude.
AJC and Cornell Tech
One of the most exciting developments in recent memory has been the opening, on New York’s Roosevelt Island, of the first phase of Cornell Tech, a cutting-edge partnership between Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
Expanding Africa-Israel Ties
In July 2016, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the first sitting Israeli prime minister since 1987 to visit East Africa when he traveled to Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia.
U.S. Mayors Visiting Israel, Exploring Areas for Bilateral Cooperation
A bipartisan delegation of U.S. mayors is visiting Israel with AJC (American Jewish Committee) Project Interchange for intensive dialogue and briefings.
What Should We Make Of Netanyahu’s Upcoming Visit To Latin America ?
Relations between Latin America and Israel are about to get an important boost. For the first time since the founding of the Jewish state in May 1948, its sitting prime minister will visit the region.
AJC Delegation Visits Greece
An AJC delegation has concluded a two-day visit to Athens, Greece, following a visit to Israel earlier in the week.
AJC Deplores Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Amar’s Attack on Reform Jews
AJC deplores Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar’s incendiary attack on Reform Jews, saying they “deny more than Holocaust deniers.”
Stop Infantilizing the Palestinians
It’s high time for the international community to wake up to certain Palestinian realities that many would rather avoid.
Only recognition of Israel as a Jewish State can lead to peace
If there is to be an enduring resolution between Israelis and Palestinians, it must include the acknowledgement by both sides of two states for two peoples.
Israel’s Remarkable String of Diplomatic Breakthroughs
After a summer filled with terror attacks, high-profile corruption cases, and other harrowing news, Israel pulled off an extraordinary series of diplomatic accomplishments with countries across the globe. Read AJC's analysis of this triumphant moment in Israeli politics.
Israel and American Jewry: Can the rift be healed?
Recent events in Israel have triggered what is arguably the single greatest rift in Israel’s relations with American Jewry since the 1988 controversy.
AJC Deplores Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Defamation of Israel
AJC deplores the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) resolution on Palestinian children who have been detained by Israel after engaging in violence against Israelis.
AJC Delegation Meets Rwanda President, Foreign Minister in Kigali
An AJC senior leadership delegation met with Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo during a four-day visit to the African country.
It’s time for a reset in the German-Israeli relationship
The German mindset towards Israel is predicated on the mistaken assumption that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the transformative solution that will bring peace and prosperity to the Middle East. But a reset of this ideology is urgently overdue.
Israel at 69
On the 69th anniversary of Israel's establishment, step back from the twists and turns of the media and consider the sweep of the last 69 years.
The Most Outrageous Claims in UNESCO’s Latest Attack on the Jewish People
Last October, UNESCO (the UN Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization), was widely rebuked and ridiculed for passing a one-sided, hypocritical resolution that denied the millennia-old Jewish link to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest site. Sponsored by seven Arab nations—Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan—the resolution failed to garner a majority. This marked a significant setback for those seeking to use the UN to internationalize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Before and after the vote, nations reversed their decisions and apologized for supporting the measure. Even UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova criticized the resolution.
AJC Urges Israeli Lawmakers to Reject Bill Authorizing Illegal Settlement Outposts
AJC is calling on Israeli legislators to reject the Regulation Bill, a proposed measure that would legalize settlement outposts in the West Bank which were built without government approval.
AJC on Possible Relocation of U.S. Embassy in Israel
Amidst recent news reports and commentary on the merits and likelihood of the United States possibly moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, AJC CEO David Harris has issued the following statement.
We’ll lose college students if Israel becomes a partisan cause
As the question of U.S.-Israel ties increasingly risks dangerous re-branding as a partisan issue, pro-Israel advocates must prioritize bipartisan, inter-communal outreach strategies and maintain allies on both sides of the aisle.
AJC on Israeli Settlements Construction
In response to the announcement the Israeli government has authorized the construction of 2,500 new housing units in West Bank settlements, AJC CEO David Harris issued a statement about risky optics.
AJC on Paris Peace Conference
Following today’s gathering in Paris of representatives of 70 countries to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian issue, AJC CEO David Harris issued a statement about the conference's impact and the "empty Palestinian seat at the negotiating table."
Dear French Foreign Minister Ayrault
In anticipation of the January 2017 "Middle East peace conference" in Paris, AJC CEO David Harris writes an open letter to French foreign minister Ayrault, urging the re-evaluation of European political priorities and highlighting face-to-face Israeli-Palestinian negotiation as a critical prerequisite to progress.
Paris 'Peace' Conference Shapes Up as Another Misfire
Foreign ministers of some 70 nations are expected to meet in Paris on Jan. 15, five days before the American presidential inauguration, for an international conference on the Middle East that disproportionately zeroes in on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
AJC Urges Immediate Implementation of Kotel Compromise
In January 2016, the Israeli government approved the expansion of the Kotel's egalitarian section - a historic victory for the movement towards religious pluralism and any who oppose an Orthodox monopoly on the sacred site. Over a year later, however, staunch opposition has the project sliding backwards. AJC is calling on Israeli leaders to move forward with the controversial compromise.
A Historic Trip: Prime Minister Netanyahu in Africa
Benjamin Netanyahu's historic visit to Africa this week is the first by an Israeli prime minister in close to 50 years. While the occasion is to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Entebbe raid in which he lost a brother and Israel's military prowess dazzled the world, Israel has considerably more to celebrate in Africa today. Little of this is publicly known, as it is a fraught story of people-to-people affinities ill-served by frequent government-to-government misalliance.
AJC: World Powers Should Heed Israel’s Warnings on Iran
AJC praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s clarion call for achieving the best possible deal to prevent a nuclear Iran.
AJC: French Parliament Vote Hinders Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
The National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament, adopted today, by a vote of 339 to 151, a resolution urging the French government to recognize the state of Palestine as a step to achieve a resolution of the conflict.
AJC Applauds United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act
AJC hails unanimous U.S. Senate adoption of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act (S. 2673).
AJC Delegation Visits Israel
A senior AJC leadership delegation just completed a two-day mission to Israel.
AJC Praises U.S. Congress Approval of Iron Dome Funding
AJC expresses its heartfelt appreciation to the United States Congress for approving additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
AJC Urges Latin American Nations to Return Envoys to Israel
AJC is urging several Latin American countries to reconsider their decision to recall their ambassadors from Israel.
AJC: UN Human Rights Council Condemns Israel, Absolves Hamas
AJC is dismayed by the adoption of a UN Human Rights Council resolution that sharply criticizes Israel, while totally absolving Hamas of any role or responsibility in the current conflict.
AJC Helps Israeli Communities Build, Improve Bomb Shelters
AJC announced today two grants to communities in southern Israel that have endured many of the Hamas rockets and missiles.
U.S. Christian Leaders Begin Yearlong Study of Judaism in Israel
Eighteen American Christian leaders from across the United States, representing diverse religious institutions, have begun studying Judaism in the 13-month Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI) in Israel this week.
AJC: Another Reminder of Hamas Reality
After Israel’s Security Cabinet agreed this morning to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, Hamas rejected it and continue to fire deadly missiles at Israel.
AJC Helps Barzilai Medical Center in Israel Acquire Urgent Care Equipment
In response to the emergency situation facing Israel because of the Hamas rocket and missile attacks, AJC announced today a grant to the Barzilai Medical Center in Israel.
AJC Urges Support for Israel Against Hamas Rockets Assault
AJC called on the international community to condemn the horrific Hamas onslaught against Israel, and to express solidarity with Israelis who now must be prepared to seek refuge in bomb shelters on only 15 seconds notice of incoming rockets and missiles from Gaza.
AJC: Horrific Discovery of Murdered Israeli Teens
AJC is horrified by the murder of three Israeli teens, who were kidnapped on June 12.
AJC Brief Supports Jerusalem Family’s U.S. Passport Case
For the third time AJC has filed an amicus brief in support of a Jerusalem family seeking to list Israel as their son’s place of birth in his U.S. passport.
AJC Concerned for Missing Israeli Teens’ Safety
AJC joins with Israelis in expressing deep concern for three youths missing in the West Bank.
AJC Congratulates Israeli President-elect Reuven Rivlin
AJC congratulates Reuven Rivlin on his election as President of the State of Israel. He succeeds Shimon Peres, whose seven-year term ends next month.
AJC Hails Israel's Joining EU Horizon 2020
AJC praised the signing of a landmark agreement enabling Israel to participate in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
Senator Menendez to AJC: Palestinian "Unity" Has Consequences
“Palestinians must choose between peace with Israel as a Jewish state and a marriage with Hamas, a terrorist organization,” Senator Robert Menendez declared at the AJC New Jersey Region Annual Meeting.
AJC Statement on Murder of Palestinian Teen, Arrest of Israeli Suspects
AJC commended Israeli authorities for apprehending the suspects in the brutal murder of Muhammed Abu Khieder, while expressing shock and dismay about those who perpetrated such a heinous crime against a Palestinian youth.
Exclusive AJC eBook: Israel at 70
The establishment of the state in 1948; the fulfillment of its envisioned role as a home and haven for Jews around the world; its wholehearted embrace of democracy and the rule of law; and its impressive scientific, cultural, and economic achievements are accomplishments beyond my wildest imagination.
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