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What to Read: Celebrating Israel through Remembrance, Independence
As Yom HaAtzma’ut, or Israeli Independence Day, and Yom HaZikaron, or Memorial Day approach, AJC offers 10 nonfiction titles that illustrate why Israel observes these two occasions side by side.
American Jewish Committee Surveys of U.S. and Israeli Jewish Millennials
American Jewish Committee surveys of U.S. and Israeli Jewish millennials show that Israel-Diaspora relations remain strong, but also indicate points of divergence regarding what role diaspora Jews should have in influencing Israeli polices, antisemitism in the U.S., and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first-ever parallel surveys of Jews, ages 25-40, were conducted by YouGov in the U.S. and Geocartography in Israel for ACCESS, AJC’s young professional program, and AJC’s Contemporary Jewish Life Department. “Gauging the views of millennials is critical to ensuring strong, enduring ties between the world’s two largest Jewish communities,” said Dana Steiner, Director of AJC ACCESS Global.
How to Tell Fact from Fiction About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Amid rising tensions in Israel, Canadian-Israeli journalist Matti Friedman shares candid advice for all who are trying to understand the complex situation that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Friedman takes listeners behind the scenes of media reporting on Israel to demonstrate the sometimes corrosive impact that news outlets have when they attempt to oversimplify the conflict.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund, AJC Project Interchange Partner to Bring U.S. Black College Presidents to Israel
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and American Jewish Committee (AJC) Project Interchange (PI) are partnering to further enhance Black-Jewish ties across the United States by expanding collaboration between American and Israeli universities.
The highlight of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations is an annual delegation to Israel for presidents and other leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
People of the Pod: Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A New Perspective
When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the pathway to peace has typically been presented as a choice between a one-state or a two-state solution. Guest host Jason Isaacson, AJC’s Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer, speaks with Avi Melamed, Israeli intelligence and strategic affairs analyst and author of Inside the Middle East: Entering a New Era, about possible other solutions, the impact of the Abraham Accords on the region, and why the story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not separate from the story of the Middle East.
AJC Convenes Lawmakers from Ten Countries on Transatlantic Responses to Iran’s Nuclear Program
American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) inter-parliamentary group convened a virtual roundtable discussion on transatlantic responses to Iran’s nuclear ambition. Introduced by new American TFI co-chairs Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), the discussion brought together 22 members of Congress, members of the Knesset, and lawmakers from Europe and Canada. The event was moderated by AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson.
American Jewish Committee Flies 141 Ukrainian Jews to Israel
A plane filled with Ukrainian Jewish refugees — sponsored by American Jewish Committee (AJC) and organized by Jewish Agency for Israel — has arrived in Israel from Budapest, Hungary. “For Jews facing uncertain safety in their homes, Israel is a lifeline, a sanctuary, and a haven,” said AJC CEO David Harris. “Whether they are still living in Ukraine or have fled the violent Russian invasion to neighboring countries, these Jews know they have a home in the State of Israel, where they can build their lives anew because of the warm welcome they receive.”
Why Are Terrorists Attacking Israel Before and After a Historic Summit with Arab Leaders?
The recent string of terrorist attacks in Israel preceded and followed a historic gathering in Israel called “The Negev Summit,” which brought together for the first time the foreign ministers from four Arab nations and Israel, along with the U.S. Secretary of State.
5 Things You Should Know about Israel’s Support for Ukraine
Here are five things you should know about Israel’s support for Ukraine while ensuring it can keep Russia’s troops on its northern border at bay.
People of the Pod: Setting the Record Straight on Israel’s Support for Ukraine
A false narrative has emerged about Israel’s alleged neutrality over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Lahav Harkov, senior diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and co-host of their weekly podcast, joins us to set the record straight. Harkov explains how Israel is supporting Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, while avoiding provoking Syrian-based Russian troops on the democratic nation’s northern border. 
The Importance of Israel - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
For the past 40 years, AJC CEO David Harris has been a leading advocate for strengthening Israel’s place in the community of nations, deepening ties with key countries, and advancing Israel’s quest for enduring peace and security. Tune in to hear David discuss why Israel is central to the Jewish people, AJC, and Jewish advocacy.
Ukraine and the Meaning of Israel in 2022
There are as many as 300,000 Jews living in Ukraine today. Whatever happens in the weeks and months ahead, they know they don’t have to face the prospect of homelessness. And that’s because, thankfully, Israel is a reality.
Refugees, Rights And Peace In The Middle East
AJC CEO David Harris, responding to a Wall Street Journal essay by Israeli historian Benny Morris, points out that the mission of UNRWA, set up in 1949, made no reference to refugee resettlement, and its definition of a Palestinian refugee included future generations without any time limit. Question is why Unrwa is not under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Amnesty International Claim That Israel Is An Apartheid State Is Recklessly Ill-Informed
The fundamental problem with the Amnesty International report is that it is disconnected from reality. Israel has nothing to do with apartheid, and apartheid has nothing to do with Israel.
Amnesty’s Outrageous Lie, its Big Problem with Jews, and the Truth About Israel
The UK branch of Amnesty International, a once reputable London-based global human rights group, has issued a 280-page report bashing Israel and even accusing the world’s one Jewish state and the Middle East’s only democracy of “apartheid.”
AJC CEO David Harris on Amnesty International's Israel Accusations
Watch as David Harris, AJC CEO, debunks the shameful and false upcoming report from Amnesty International UK that labels Israel an "apartheid state."
Jewish Organizations Condemn Inflammatory Amnesty International-UK Report on Israel
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), American Jewish Committee (AJC), B'nai B'rith International, and the Jewish Federations of North America issued a joint statement on the Amnesty International report on Israel.
Don't Damage American Jewish Ties To Israel During COVID-19
The power of visits to Israel to foster deeper attachment between American Jews and the Jewish state is well-known. 73% of American Jews who have been to Israel reported that their visit strengthened their connection to Israel, the AJC survey found. Israel and the organized American Jewish community need to think creatively and in partnership about how to recapture at least some of these lost opportunities during the pandemic.
People of the Pod: The Fight for Religious Equality at the Western Wall Just Got Tougher
When Israel’s coalition government took shape last summer, all signs pointed to progress on an expanded egalitarian prayer site at Jerusalem's Western Wall. But now that plan appears to be stalled, due to tensions within that coalition. We are joined by Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, AJC’s Director of William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life, who shares the special connection she has to the Western Wall (Kotel), why its egalitarian prayer site has become a flashpoint within the Israeli government, and the deep meaning it has to diaspora Jews.
A New Middle East: The Historic Israel-UAE Meeting; How to Help Victims of Deadly Kentucky Tornadoes
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made history this past week when he became the first Israeli premier to be officially welcomed to the United Arab Emirates. Retired U.S. Ambassador Marc Sievers, inaugural Director of AJC Abu Dhabi: The Sidney Lerner Center for Arab-Jewish Understanding, joins us to discuss the importance of this visit and what it holds for the future of the region.
What Hamas is Hiding
The mission of Hamas, mandated by its charter, is antisemitic, anti-Israel, and anti-Western. In the last quarter-century, the Gaza-based terrorist group has carried out more than 80 suicide attacks in Israel, murdering approximately 1,000 Israelis.
The Key To Engaging Alumni
When we incorporate alumni into our leadership councils and caucuses and invite them into our local interreligious dialogues or communities of conscience, they speak out loudly against antisemitism and in favor of Israel’s right to defend itself.
AJC’s Transatlantic Friends of Israel Opens Austrian Chapter
After the launch of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) inter-parliamentary group in the EU Parliament in July 2019, the first national chapter opened on October 13 in the Austrian parliament, under the leadership of Chair MP Martin Engelberg and the support of lawmakers from the Greens, the Social-Democrats and NEOS, the liberal party.
Martin Indyk on his New Book: Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy
Ambassador Martin Indyk gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most consequential figures in modern Middle East diplomacy: former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. In this riveting conversation with guest co-host Jason Isaacson, AJC’s chief policy and political affairs officer, Indyk discusses his just-released book about Kissinger, Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy, highlighting the veteran diplomat’s lessons for Arab-Israeli stability and the antisemitism that he faced in his career. Indyk himself is no stranger to Middle East diplomacy, having served twice as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and the Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs during the Clinton Administration, and as America’s special Middle East envoy for renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority during the Obama administration.
People of the Pod: Iron Dome Debate: What to Make of “the Squad’s” Anti-Israel Efforts
When the U.S. House of Representatives voted last week 420-9-2 to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, it ended debate about America’s short-term support for the program and simultaneously sparked a conversation about the future of bipartisan support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. Mark Mellman, President and CEO of Democratic Majority for Israel, joins us to address that topic and more, including whether Democratic support for Israel is shifting and trends in attitudes towards Israel on both sides of the aisle. Julie Rayman, AJC’s Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs, guest hosts this week’s episode.
The Middle East Has A Terrorist Club
Hamas was one of the first to congratulate the Taliban. “The demise of the American occupation and its allies proves that the resistance of the peoples, foremost of which is our struggling Palestinian people, will achieve victory,” Hamas stated the day Kabul fell to the Afghani terrorist organization. Sixteen years ago, Israel’s transfer of Gaza to the PA set the stage for establishing, through negotiations, a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Now, it’s tragically clearer than ever that peace, a possible two-state deal, will remain elusive as long as Hamas rules.
Tenure of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Guarantor of the Germany-Israel Alliance, Comes to a Close
On Sunday, Germany's voters will select a successor for Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel who made Germany's relationship with Israel a pillar of her foreign policy.
AJC Praises Introduction of Senate Resolution Urging EU to Fully Designate Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization
American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes the introduction today of a resolution in the U.S. Senate urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terror organization. The bipartisan resolution was introduced by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
Can The UN Finally Cease Its Relentless Anti-Israel Bias?
In an unprecedented initiative, spearheaded by the Transatlantic Friends of Israel, 312 cross-party lawmakers from the European Parliament and national legislatures from EU member states, the U.K., Switzerland, Norway, the U.S., Canada and Israel have urged EU member states and fellow democracies to end the systematic discrimination against Israel at the UN. A Europe that wants to stand for democracy, human rights and the rules-based international order can no longer be complicit in this cynical game, which treats Israel by separate rules and in so doing undermines the UN's very own integrity and efficacy.
The Deep Roots Of The Abraham Accords
The announcement on Aug. 13, 2020 that the United Arab Emirates and Israel had agreed to move toward full diplomatic relations surprised much of the world. What culminated last summer had deep roots. My American Jewish Committee colleagues and I, traveling regularly to Gulf capitals since 1994, observed signs of fresh thinking in the region early on—and did our part to encourage it.
Hundreds of Lawmakers Urge European Countries to Back Israel at the UN
In an unprecedented transatlantic initiative, 313 cross-party lawmakers from Europe, North America, and Israel urged EU countries and democracies worldwide to help end the discrimination against Israel at the United Nations. Spearheaded by AJC’s Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI), the interparliamentary statement comes ahead of tomorrow’s opening of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly.
One Year Later: The Abraham Accords and the Future of Emirati-Israeli-American Relations - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
As we reflect on the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords, American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy are honored to announce a new partnership to promote deeper American, Israeli, and Emirati understanding.
People of the Pod: How the Abraham Accords Has Changed Hearts and Minds: A Sit-Down with Israel’s Top Official in the UAE
This week marks the one-year anniversary of normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This historic agreement, known as the Abraham Accords, would soon grow to include Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan. In one fell swoop, the number of Arab countries Israel had formal relations with tripled from two (Egypt and Jordan) to six. With us to discuss this pivotal moment and the future of Israeli-Arab engagement is Ambassador Eitan Na’eh, head of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi - formally dedicated just six weeks ago.
People of the Pod: Israel’s Diaspora Minister on Surfside Visit and the Israel-Diaspora Relationship
Joining us for a second time on People of Pod is Nachman Shai, Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs, to discuss his new role and his critical work supporting Jews around the world, including a recent visit to Surfside, Florida, following the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South.
Hezbollah’s Defiance And The United Nations’ Duty
The UN Security Council will convene in August, as it does every year, to renew the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Unless the Council takes the necessary measures to ensure that its resolutions regarding Lebanon are upheld, UNIFIL’s mandate will remain unfulfilled.
AJC Praises Introduction of House Resolution Urging EU to Fully Designate Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization
American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes the introduction today of a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terror organization. “We encourage swift passage of this important bipartisan resolution pressing the EU to do the right thing and correct the fiction of a bifurcated Hezbollah it endorsed nearly a decade ago,” said AJC CEO David. “Mistakenly believing it can tame Hezbollah’s behavior, a proposition unsupported by evidence, the EU has created ‘military’ and ‘political’ wings within Hezbollah, when, in reality, it is a single, unified terrorist entity."
The Israel-Diaspora Divide: We Don’t Know Enough About Each Other - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
In June 2021, AJC released its annual survey of American Jewish opinion along with a companion survey capturing the views of Israeli Jews. The two surveys shed light on the perspectives of American and Israeli Jews on a range of important topics, including the relationship between the Jewish state and the Diaspora. Join Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, AJC's Director of Contemporary Jewish Life, Alon Friedman, Founding CEO of Enter: The Jewish Peoplehood Alliance, and Dr. Noam Weissman, Senior Vice President at OpenDor Media to unpack the findings of the AJC surveys and to answer critical questions and more.
Education Essential To Israeli-Diaspora Relations
Improving the reach and content of Israel education in America and Diaspora education in Israel must be an urgent priority. American Jewish Commitee (AJC) surveys of American and Israeli Jews give a holistic picture as to where improvement is needed to raise understanding about the richly complex Jewish communities in each center and to nurture opportunities for American and Israeli Jews to be lifelong learners about one another.
People of the Pod: What You Need to Know About Israel’s Diverse New Government; The Mainstreaming of Antisemitism
For the first time since 2009, Israel has a new prime minister, Naftali Bennett. The Jerusalem Post Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Lahav Harkov joins us this week to shed some light on the new prime minister and help us understand what we can expect from Israel’s new government. Then, we bring you one of the most-discussed sessions from AJC Virtual Global Forum 2021. Bret Stephens, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Bari Weiss, journalist and author of How to Fight Antisemitism, and Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, Director of AJC Europe, discuss rising Jew-hatred in a session titled “The Mainstreaming of Antisemitism: How Should We Respond?”
Top 5 Things American and Israeli Jews Should Know About Each Other
American Jewish Committee’s 2021 Surveys of American and Israeli Jewish Opinion released Monday reveal gaps in knowledge about Israel among American Jews and a lack of education and curiosity about American Jews among Israelis.
AJC 2021 Survey of American Jewish Opinion
AJC 2021 Survey of American Jewish Opinion was conducted for American Jewish Committee (AJC) via telephone by SSRS, an independent research company, from March 25 - May 9, 2021 among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 respondents aged 18 or older of Jewish religion or background. The margin of error for total respondents is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
AJC 2021 Survey of Israeli Jewish Opinion
American Jewish Committee’s 2021 Survey of Israeli Jewish Opinion, conducted by Geocartography, is based on an internet survey and telephone survey carried out in May of 2021 with a national sample of 1,000 Jews over the age of 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.
AJC Welcomes Knesset Approval of New Israeli Government
American Jewish Committee (AJC) congratulates incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid on successfully forming a new government in Israel. “The new Israeli government reflects the country’s diversity and is determined to pursue peace, security, and prosperity,” said AJC CEO David Harris. “AJC looks forward to working with the new coalition, as we have consistently done with every Israeli government since 1948, and we wish the leadership every success.”
People of the Pod: How Interfaith Relations Helped Drive the Abraham Accords; A View From Campus
This week, we bring you highlights from AJC Virtual Global Forum 2021. First, in a conversation moderated by Manya Brachear Pashman, we hear from H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Hedayah, and Rabbi David Rosen, AJC Director of International Interreligious Affairs, in The Siegler Family Annual Muslim-Jewish Symposium on How Interfaith Relations Helped Drive the Abraham Accords.

Then, two college student activists, Julia Jassey, University of Chicago ‘23, and Talia Rosenberg, University of Pennsylvania ‘21, help us understand today’s challenges and opportunities on campus for pro-Israel students during the AJC Virtual Global Forum’s session, The View from Campus, moderated by Meggie Wyschogrod Fredman, AJC Deputy Director of Young Leadership.
AJC Project Interchange Expanding Visits to Israel for Groups from Arabian Gulf, North Africa
Project Interchange (PI), American Jewish Committee’s signature educational institute introducing Israel to leaders from the United States and countries around the world, plans to host delegations of policymakers and opinion influencers from countries that signed the Abraham Accords last year. The new initiative, announced today to a worldwide audience attending the 2021 AJC Virtual Global Forum is intended to support the growing foundation of peaceful cooperation in the region. The first educational seminar in Israel for Arab Gulf leaders will take place in November, and a second group will come in January 2022.
The Nations That Stood with Israel
In May 2021, Israeli towns and cities were bombarded with over 4,600 rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza. 30 nations spoke up in support of Israel's right to defend itself from these terrorist attacks. This video, shown during AJC Virtual Global Forum 2021, highlights and thanks those nations.
Voices from Israel
Five Israelis share what they think the world needs to know about their country, and how attacks from Gaza in May 2021 impacted them.
Hamas Then, Hamas Now
It was exactly 20 years ago. My wife and I were attending a Shabbat dinner in Madrid on June 1st when someone gave us the news. A suicide bomber had struck a seaside discotheque, the Dolphinarium, in Tel Aviv. There were reportedly many casualties. It seems there’s no more understanding or, worse, concern among many today about what Hamas actually is than there was that unforgettable Friday evening in 2001.
AJC Leadership Delegation Visits Israel to Demonstrate Solidarity
“Every trip to Israel is a reminder of the remarkable qualities of this nation,” said AJC CEO David Harris. “This solidarity visit, like so many others AJC has sponsored since 1991, when Iraq fired Scud missiles at Israeli cities, underscores the courage, resilience, ingenuity, and determination of Israelis to defend their country — in this case against Hamas, a genocidal terrorist group. Each trip is also a reminder of how misrepresented and mischaracterized Israel is by many in the media and some countries who seek to demonize this thriving democracy and the lone Jewish-majority country on earth.”
People of the Pod: Talking Israel with Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz and AJC CEO David Harris
This week, we engage Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) in conversation about the violence in Israel and Gaza and about Jewish American Heritage Month, with a special salute to another trailblazing Jewish congresswoman, Bella Abzug. Then, as Israel comes under attack from Hamas-ruled Gaza, we hear from AJC CEO David Harris on the immense challenges facing the Jewish state, the importance of confronting misinformation, and the need for solidarity.
Hamas-ruled Gaza: No Easy Answers
The most recent round of conflict between Hamas and Israel did not come out of nowhere. Rather, there is historical and contemporary context.
The View from Pew: American Jews and Israel - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
The Pew Research Center recently released "Jewish Americans in 2020," its first new study of the American Jewish community since its inaugural 2013 survey. Included in this eagerly awaited study is an extensive chapter on the relationship of American Jews to Israel. Join American Jewish Committee and experts from Pew Research Center for a deep dive into American Jews’ connections with and attitudes toward Israel.
Urgent Briefing on the Situation in Israel - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Israel continues to be under attack, with thousands of rockets having been fired from Hamas-ruled Gaza. Join American Jewish Committee for an update from the ground with AJC Jerusalem Director (and IDF reserve officer) Lt. Col. (res.) Avital Leibovich, and a briefing with AJC CEO David Harris, who has been on the front line in explaining Israel’s immense challenges and confronting widespread misinformation.
Why Are They Fighting in the Middle East? Because Hamas Is Dedicated to Killing Jews
Hamas is not shy about its intentions, openly calling for the elimination of Israel and the murder of Jews. It does so, seemingly, at every opportunity, and these messages of hate are broadcast widely—and made tangible in the form of attacks targeting Israeli civilians.
For Peace To Stand A Chance, Hamas Must Cease Its Aggression
Hamas is a death-worshipping jihadist terrorist group. Israel is a democratic state that protects all of its citizens - Jews and Arabs alike - against their murderous actions. What it would take for Israel to attract the sympathy of the Western commentariat.
Gaza Media Rules
Hamas, the Islamist terrorists ruling Gaza, have turned local street protests into another war against Israel. It’s time, therefore, to dust off this 10-point reporter’s guide for how to correctly cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, useful both for rookies and old hacks who may need a refresher course.
Enduring Friendship: President Truman’s Israel Legacy - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
On May 14, 1948 U.S. President Harry S. Truman made one of the most momentous decisions of his presidency by recognizing the new Jewish state. Join Dr. Kurt Graham, Director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, for an exclusive tour of the museum’s newly-renovated exhibit on the founding of the State of Israel and a discussion on this important chapter in American history.
People of the Pod: Israel Under Attack: What You Need to Know
Israel is under attack, with over 1,500 rockets fired from Gaza, millions of Israelis in bomb shelters, and the threat of further violence continuing in Jerusalem and throughout the country. AJC Jerusalem Director Avital Leibovich and i24news Senior Correspondent Owen Alterman join us to share their front-line report on the evolving crisis. Then, AJC Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Laura Shaw Frank joins us to explain what we need to know about the Pew Research Center’s just-released Jewish Americans in 2020 report. 
An Open Letter to Trevor Noah
I just watched your 10-minute monologue on the Israeli-Hamas conflict for your popular television program “The Daily Show” (May 11). Frankly, it wasn’t easy viewing. In fact, I began talking back to the screen, but, obviously, to no avail, so I chose instead to write you this open letter.
Frontline Report: Escalation in Israel - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Israel is under attack, with hundreds of rockets fired in twenty-four hours from Gaza, major cities on high alert, and the threat of further violence continuing in Jerusalem. Join AJC Jerusalem Director Avital Leibovich and i24news Senior Correspondent Owen Alterman for a front-line report on this evolving crisis.
4 Myths and Facts About the Violence in Jerusalem
Here are four media myths circulating on social media distorting the reasons behind the violence in Jerusalem that has escalated to the brink of war.   

American Jewish Committee Urges Support for Israelis Threatened by Deadly Hamas Rockets
As sirens blared across the country and civilians sought shelter, American Jewish Committee (AJC) called on the U.S. and other governments to condemn the rocket barrage directed against Israeli cities and towns today from Hamas-ruled Gaza – the latest unprovoked violence unleashed against the Jewish state.
People of the Pod: Yossi Klein Halevi on What Everyone Should Know About the Third Era of Jewish History
Author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi joins us to talk about the wisdom of the Israeli calendar in how Israel remembers the fallen on Yom HaZikaron, followed by celebrating its independence on Yom HaAtzma’ut the very next day. 
Four Generations Celebrate Israel’s Independence - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Join American Jewish Committee (AJC) for a special program to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. In celebration of Israel’s 73rd birthday, four generations of Israelis and Americans – great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, and children – share their personal connections to Israel.
Israel at 73
Modern Israel celebrates its 73rd birthday this week. Let me put my cards on the table. I’m not dispassionate when it comes to the country. It is an unparalleled tale of tenacity and determination, of courage and renewal.
Post-Election 2021: Analyzing Israel’s Return to the Polls - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
On March 23, Israelis returned to the polls for the fourth time in two years. As the country certifies the results, and the challenge of building a stable coalition begins, what’s next for the Israeli government? Join prominent Israeli experts as they dive into what’s next for the Jewish State.
People of the Pod: The Israeli Election: What Just Happened and What Comes Next
This week we’re joined by Allison Kaplan Sommer, Ha’aretz journalist and panelist for The Promised Podcast, to discuss some of the headliners from the Israeli election: potential kingmaker and Ra’am Party leader Mansour Abbas and Rabbi Gilad Kariv, who will be the first Reform rabbi to serve in the Knesset. Kaplan Sommer also discusses how democracy plays out in Israel and the United States and what it’s like to live in Israel, a complex, multicultural society.
People of the Pod: This Is Why Israel is Having Its Fourth Election in Two Years
Ahead of the March 23rd elections in Israel, we’re joined by Haviv Rettig Gur, The Times of Israel's senior political analyst. Gur discusses the highly polarized sentiment around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the conflict within the Haredi community over pandemic restrictions, and the gap between the positions of the political parties that represent Arab Israelis and the concerns of Arab Israelis themselves. 
10 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
People of the Pod: Non-Orthodox Conversion in Israel: Dividing or Uniting the Jewish World?
This week, we hear from AJC's Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Laura Shaw Frank about how the Israeli Supreme Court's ruling on conversions will affect the Israel-Diaspora relationship.
People of the Pod: Israel and the International Criminal Court; The Power of Music
This week, we’re joined by Barak Ravid, Contributing Correspondent for Axios and Diplomatic Correspondent for Walla News, to unpack the International Criminal Court's recent determination that it has jurisdiction in the West Bank and Gaza.
We Must Honor the Abraham Accords 'Side Deals' for the UAE and Morocco
As Middle East and North African leaders increasingly question old orthodoxies and recognize the benefits of new alignments—with normalization agreements offering advantages not only for Israel and Arab states, but also creating opportunities to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace—Washington, too, must look at this evolving region with fresh eyes. To advance its objectives, the new administration should take advantage of all the tools at its disposal—including those left to it by its predecessor.
AJC Deeply Regrets ICC Over-Reach in Palestinian Case
The American Jewish Committee deeply regrets the decision of the International Criminal Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber, adopted by two in favor to one against, that the Court’s territorial jurisdiction extends to Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. We welcome the State Department’s expression of “serious concerns” about the Court’s attempted over-reach.
“Shwaya, Shwaya” — Slowly, Slowly
Whatever one’s view on the Trump era, his administration made notable headway in the Middle East, writes AJC CEO David Harris in his new Times of Israel blog.

Facilitating historic agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, taking a tougher approach regarding Iran and its malign behavior, moving the U.S. Embassy to its rightful place in Jerusalem, and messaging the Palestinians that time is not necessarily on their side if they continue to reject two-state deals, are significant developments that the incoming Biden administration should consider in thinking about the region as it is today.
Europe Can’t Fight Antisemitism While Ignoring Threats To Israel
I write as a friend, who has said more than once that the EU is the single most ambitious and successful peace project in modern history. But if the EU is serious about tackling antisemitism and preserving historical memory of the Holocaust, it cannot neglect, minimize or wish away threats to the existence of Israel, the world’s lone Jewish-majority country and home to nearly 7 million Jews.
People of the Pod: Israeli Political Rumblings; Jersey City Attack: One Year Later
Tal Schneider, political correspondent at the Times of Israel, joins us to unpack the latest in Israeli politics as Israel hurtles toward its fourth election in two years. Then, Rabbi David Levy, regional director of AJC New Jersey, reflects on the one-year anniversary of the attack at the JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City.
AJC Praises Slovenia’s Designation of Hezbollah as Terrorist Organization
American Jewish Committee applauded the Slovenian government for recognizing Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization. The government announced today that it “adopted a decision on treating the Hezbollah Group as a criminal and terrorist organization posing a threat to peace and security.”
The UN Partition Plan: Reflections on the Beginnings of the Jewish State – AJC Advocacy Anywhere
On the anniversary of the UN Partition Plan, join Ambassador Ron Prosor, Israel's legendary Permanent Representative to the UN from 2011 to 2015, to discuss how this set into motion the birth of the state of Israel — and what followed at the UN and beyond.
France Can’t Bring Peace to Lebanon If It Continues to Ignore the Hezbollah Problem
By considering Hezbollah as a legitimate interlocutor in the process — engaging its representatives in Lebanon — France is perpetuating the problems. Unless Macron addresses the issue of Hezbollah, nothing will change.
The View From the House: The Middle East Partnership for Peace Act and Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Join Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) for a close look at their bipartisan initiative to build new partnerships between Israeli and Palestinian business leaders and civil society organizations.
History in the Making: The Interreligious Breakthrough Paralleling the UAE-Israel Accord – AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Following this week's dramatic ceremony at the White House, we hear the compelling story of UAE interreligious initiatives, particularly for the Abrahamic faiths -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
American Jewish Committee Hails Abraham Accords, Attends White House Signing
American Jewish Committee (AJC), the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, saluted today’s signing at the White House of the Abraham Accords, formalizing the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, and between Bahrain and Israel. AJC CEO David Harris and Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson attended the signing ceremony on the White House South Lawn. Isaacson has led AJC engagement with Bahrain, the UAE and other Arab countries in the region for more than 25 years.
The Truth About Israel Education In America
Anyone involved in Israel education in America has heard critiques like Seth Rogen’s remark that he was “fed a huge amount of lies” before. While his celebrity status thrust this criticism to the forefront of communal conversation, it is simply no longer true. During my tenure in the field of Israel education, I have seen a sea-change in the way Israel is taught.
The Future of the U.S.-Israel Relationship: Challenges and Aspirations for a Vital Alliance (RNC) - AJC at the 2020 Political Conventions
Join members of Congress and thought leaders for an in-depth conversation on the status of U.S.-Israel relations and the challenges and aspirations for the next four years.
The Future of the U.S.-Israel Relationship: Challenges and Aspirations for a Vital Alliance (DNC) - AJC at the 2020 Political Conventions
Join members of Congress and thought leaders for an in-depth conversation on the status of U.S.-Israel relations and the challenges and aspirations for the next four years.
AJC’s Role in Bringing Israel and the UAE Closer Together
The historic news that the United Arab Emirates will become the third Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel follows more than a quarter-century of engagement between AJC and Arabian Gulf leaders.
A Nation Divided: Palestinian Views on War and Peace with Israel - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
A newly released study from David Pollock, Bernstein Fellow and director of Project Fikra at The Washington Institute, emphasizes trends in Palestinian attitudes toward Israel, the United States, and the peace process.
Why I'm Not Giving Up on Two States: A Conversation with Daniel Gordis – AJC Advocacy Anywhere
While a few voices have started to declare an end to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Daniel Gordis continues to believe in two states for two peoples.
People of the Pod: Rep. Deutch on Annexation; Daniel Gordis on Two-State Solution; Rabbi Horvilleur on Antisemitism
This week, we speak to Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) about the letter he and fellow representatives wrote in opposition to unilateral annexation, and what the future holds for the U.S.-Israel relationship. Then, we’re joined by Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College, on why the two-state solution is still worth pursuing. We close out with Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, France’s foremost female rabbi, speaking about how to have conversations about antisemitism, racism, and interfaith relations in a secular society.
Up for Grabs? Jews and the Democratic Party – AJC Advocacy Anywhere
With both parties mounting formidable campaigns this year to reach and persuade Jewish voters, a Republican incumbent showcasing his historic support for Israel, the Democratic challenger pointing to his own long pro-Israel record, and elements within the Democrats’ ranks mobilizing to alter U.S. policy toward Israel, will 2020 be different?
On the Frontlines of Pro-Israel Advocacy - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
AJC CEO David Harris, described by the late Shimon Peres as “foreign minister of the Jewish people,” has been a leading advocate for strengthening Israel’s place in the world. In this program, Harris discusses the complex issues and new opportunities for the Jewish state.
Confronting the Challenge of Annexation
If the new Israeli government, despite nearly universal objections from governments near and far and the warnings of many of Israel’s supporters in the Diaspora, follows the path promised by Prime Minister Netanyahu and in the coming weeks applies Israeli sovereignty unilaterally to a portion of the West Bank, AJC will do what it has always done: explain Israel to the wider world.
Israeli Alternate Prime Minister Benjamin Gantz Addresses AJC Virtual Global Forum
Benjamin Gantz, Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister in Israel’s new national unity government, addressed the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum today. In a conversation with Avital Leibovich, Director of AJC Jerusalem, Gantz discussed threats from Iran and its terrorist proxies, U.S.-Israel relations, EU-Israel ties, and his vision for Israel and relations with the Diaspora.
The Future of the West Bank: Two Israeli Perspectives - An Israeli Policy Debate
Watch Member of Knesset Merav Michaeli and veteran Israeli diplomat Dr. Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, debate this hot-button issue in an AJC Virtual Global Forum session moderated by Avi Mayer, AJC Managing Director of Global Communications.

The Harriette Levine Memorial Program: Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Gantz
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Israel Benjamin Gantz in conversation with Avital Leibovich, Director of AJC Jerusalem, on the challenges and opportunities facing the Jewish State in AJC Virtual Global Forum’s Harriette Levine Memorial Program.
Four Things Jews Should Know About Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Prime Minister Mitsotakis makes a return appearance for the premier global Jewish advocacy conference of the year, AJC Virtual Global Forum 2020. Here are four things Jews should know...
The Six-Day War: Why It Still Matters 53 Years Later with AJC CEO David Harris - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Join AJC CEO David Harris as he shares his perspectives on the Six-Day War — and why it still matters 53 years later.
Why History Still Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War
Without an understanding of what happened in the past, it’s impossible to grasp where we are today — and where we are has profound relevance for the region and the world. Fifty-three years ago this week, the Six-Day War broke out.
Israel-Diaspora Relations: Past, Present, and Future with Isaac Herzog - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Israeli and American Jews have long enjoyed a special relationship based on common values. While this relationship remains strong, there are growing tensions between the two largest Jewish communities in the world.
Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) with Yossi Klein Halevi - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
In June 1967, at the close of the Six-Day War, Israeli paratroopers reached the Western Wall, symbolically completing the work of reuniting Jerusalem.
People of the Pod: Israel's New Government, Facebook’s New Oversight Board
The Israeli government will be jointly led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White Party, after the two signed a coalition agreement in April. Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent and Analyst for The Jerusalem Post, joins us to explain what we can expect from this new government. Then, we sit down with Emi Palmor, former Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Justice and one of the first appointees to an independent oversight board charged with making policy recommendations about Facebook content, to discuss her new role.
Is Israel out of the political deadlock? An analysis of the evolving political situation - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Israel has gone through three parliamentary elections in the last thirteen months. Has the political situation in Israel really stabilized?
Is Hezbollah a Threat to Europe?
The question of the designation of Hezbollah by European countries and by the EU is partly a question of reconciling the law with the facts. But it will remain ultimately a question of politics. As such, any decision regarding its status should be part of a broader diplomatic and/or counterterrorism strategy.
From Tragedy to Triumph - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
75 years ago, on May 8, 1945, the second world war in Europe ended. AJC CEO David Harris discusses this remarkable journey from the depths of despair to the joy of redemption.
A Conversation with Natan Sharansky - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Widely regarded as one of the most notable Jewish figures of the past century, Natan Sharansky’s name was a rallying cry for the Soviet Jewry movement.
People of the Pod: Celebrating Israel with Sharansky, Germany’s Hezbollah Ban, New UK Labour Leader
This week on People of the Pod, former refusenik, Israeli government minister, and Chairman of The Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky joins us to reflect on Israel's 72nd Independence Day. Then, AJC CEO David Harris sits down with us to explain the significance of Germany’s decision to ban Hezbollah’s activities on the country’s soil. Finally, we speak to Hannah Rose, former President of the UK's Union of Jewish Students, about the newly elected leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer.
AJC Praises Germany’s Ban of All Hezbollah Activities
American Jewish Committee (AJC), the global advocacy organization, praised Germany’s decision today to ban Hezbollah’s activities on the country’s soil, determining that the organization in its entirety is engaged in terrorist activity. The government’s action will ban all activity, prohibit public display of all symbols, and confiscate all assets of Hezbollah in Germany.
Remote ACCESS: Israel Unfiltered - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Hear Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud, Special Assistant to the Distinguished Fellow, at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Doreen Rosenblum, Assistant Director for Government and Diplomatic Relations at AJC Jerusalem, discuss their work in the Middle East, the complexities in the region, and all things Israel.
Yom HaZikaron with AJC Jerusalem
For Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, AJC Jerusalem staffers who have experienced the loss of loved ones in the line of duty share what the holiday means to them.
The New Israeli Government - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
After three grueling elections in one year, Israel has formed a new government. Will it last? What will be on the new government’s policy agenda and how are Israelis responding?
People of the Pod: Israeli Government Agreement, Arabic Video on the Holocaust
After three elections in less than a year, Israel may soon have a new government. This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, announced an agreement to jointly govern the country. Joining us is Tal Schneider, political and diplomatic correspondent at Globes, to discuss the agreement, including its more controversial elements. Then, we hear from AJC Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations Ari Gordon on the release of a new Arabic-language video about the Holocaust. The new video is the third in AJC’s highly successful Arabic video series, ‘An al-Yahud (“About the Jews”), which has reached tens of millions across the Arab world.
People of the Pod: Road to a New Israeli Government, Passover Prep
After three elections in the space of a year, Israel now appears to be on the verge of having a functioning government again. Joining us to discuss the latest developments is New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief David Halbfinger. Then we hear from Tablet Senior Writer Yair Rosenberg, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations Rabbi Noam Marans, and AJC Associate Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Laura Shaw Frank on how to make Passover especially meaningful this year.
AJC Academy: Steven Bayme on Israel-Diaspora Relations - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
Watch Steven Bayme, AJC Director, Contemporary Jewish Life discuss Israel-Diaspora Relations.
Israeli Response to the Coronavirus - AJC Advocacy Anywhere
As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, sweeps the globe, Israeli doctors, researchers, and entrepreneurs are working diligently to help find a cure and improved treatment options. Advocacy Anywhere is a new platform that will enable you to engage with AJC’s leading expertise, content, and advocacy opportunities from wherever you are, using cutting-edge technology.
People of the Pod: Israel’s Response to the Coronavirus; Creatively Quarantined
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) sweeps the globe, Israeli doctors, researchers, and entrepreneurs are working diligently to help find a cure and improve treatment options. Joining us to discuss these efforts, as well as Israel's own strategies to prevent the spread of the virus, are Dr. Daniel Landsberg, who serves as Regional Medical Director of Maccabi Health Services, and Dr. Kira Radinsky, Chair and Chief Technology Officer of Diagnostic Robotics. Then, staying in Israel, we speak to Joyce Franco and Stephanie Graber, the creators of the Instagram account, Creatively Quarantined, which has become an incubator for those searching for inspiration in isolation.
People of the Pod: Quarantine in Israel, Jews in the UAE
This week, Israel imposed a blanket 14-day self-quarantine on everyone arriving from outside the country in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Joining us to discuss the quarantine and the other efforts to protect the country is Dr. Yonatan Freeman, an international relations expert and lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Then, Ross Kriel, President of the Jewish Community of the Emirates, joins us from Dubai to shed light on the small but thriving Jewish community in the United Arab Emirates.
People of the Pod: Behind the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, “Goy Friendly”
On this week’s episode of People of the Pod, Israeli filmmaker Yaron Zilberman joins us to talk about his movie, Incitement, and to share his perspective on the state of politics and extremism in Israel. Then, Orthodox Jewish comedian Ashley Blaker joins us in the studio to discuss his new show, Goy Friendly, now running at Soho Playhouse theater in New York.
Top Officials of 11 U.S. States Visiting Israel with AJC Project Interchange
A bipartisan delegation of Secretaries of State from across the United States are visiting Israel with the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Project Interchange. The program features in-depth discussions on cybersecurity policies and practices at the state, local, and federal level as it relates to business services, election administration, and records management.
People of the Pod: Gaza Flare-Up, Fiddler in Yiddish
Earlier this week, terrorists fired hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel following the targeted killing of a top Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader. We are joined by Avi Issacharoff, Middle East analyst for The Times of Israel and Walla News, and Judah Ari Gross, The Times of Israel’s Military Correspondent, to discuss the events of the past week. Then we sit down with Zalmen Mlotek, musical director of the Yiddish-language Fiddler on the Roof, and Steven Skybell, who stars in the show, to discuss the success behind the smash off-Broadway hit.
Why Won’t the Israel-Hamas Cycle of Violence End?
Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, more than 15,000 rockets have been fired from the coastal region into the Jewish state. Why won't the vicious cycle end?
U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen Visits Israel with AJC Project Interchange
Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) has completed a five-day visit to Israel with AJC Project Interchange.
No, Israel Didn’t Just Adopt Trump’s Muslim Ban
Omar and Tlaib were not banned for who they are, they were banned for things they have done and might have done had they been allowed entry,
Three Things To Watch For During the Peace To Prosperity Workshop in Bahrain
This week in Manama, Bahrain, the Trump Administration is slated to publicly present – and conduct a series of working groups around – its economic vision for the Palestinian people. This vision will be part of the President’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan. Since the Administration announcedthe conference last month, there has been considerable speculation about what it can achieve, who will be participating, and how the economic element of the Administration’s plans will mesh with the expected political track. Following are developments worth watching:
Hezbollah’s Activities in Germany and a Conversation with Bill Kristol
Dr. Remko Leemhuis, Assistant Director for Policy and Public Affairs at AJC’s Berlin Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations, joins us to discuss Hezbollah’s nefarious activities in Germany and the urgent need to designate the Iranian proxy in its entirety as a terrorist organization. We also caught up with Bill Kristol, founder of The Weekly Standard and a leading political analyst, and he shared his insights into American politics and U.S. foreign policy in the Trump era.
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.
Netanyahu to AJC Global Forum: When Israelis and Arabs Agree, it’s Worth Paying Attention
In an exclusive one-on-one interview with AJC CEO David Harris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said any peace plan negotiated with the Palestinians must let Israel oversee security in the West Bank.
Election Analysis: What’s Next for the Jewish State?
At AJC Global Forum 2019, leading Israeli journalists discuss Israeli elections and preview and analyze the anticipated release of the Trump Administration’s peace plan.
From Jerusalem: A Conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Recorded in Jerusalem specially for AJC Global Forum, AJC CEO David Harris interviewed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Shares View on Key World Jewish Issues
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a conversation with AJC CEO David Harris, presented today to the AJC Global Forum his views on U.S.-Israel relations, Israel-Diaspora relations, the Iranian threat, the peace process, antisemitism, and new diplomatic opportunities for the Jewish state.
Israel-Diaspora Relations: A New Status Quo?
Birthright walkouts. The Nation-State Law. Broken promises over the Western Wall. These are just a few of the many tension points in Israel-Diaspora relations over the past year. Is this intra-Jewish tension a new status quo?
AJC 2019 Survey of French Jewish Opinion
AJC’s 2019 Survey of French Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company Ifop, is based on telephone and face-to-face interviews carried out March 11 - May 2, with a national sample of 771 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.1%.
AJC 2019 Survey of American Jewish Opinion
AJC’s 2019 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company SSRS, is based on telephone interviews carried out April 10 - May 7, with a national sample of 1,006 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1%.
AJC 2019 Survey of Israeli Jewish Opinion
AJC’s 2019 Survey of Israeli Jewish Opinion, conducted by Geocartography, is based on telephone interviews carried out from April 10 to 17 with a national sample of 1,000 Jews over age 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1%.
AJC Completes First-Ever Concurrent Surveys of U.S., French, and Israeli Jews
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) released today its first-ever concurrent surveys of the attitudes of Jews in France, Israel, and the United States, the three largest Jewish communities in the world.
Israeli, American, and French Jews on the Issues: Insights from AJC Surveys
While AJC has charted the shifting opinions of U.S. Jews for decades, and last year also polled Israeli Jews, the 2019 surveys convey a uniquely trifocal view of what Jews think in its first-ever concurrent surveys of Jewish opinion in three countries, on three continents - the U.S., Israel, and France.
‘Facts On The Ground’ Toward Healing The Rift
Hardly a week passes without a media report concerning the growing chasm between American Jews and Israelis over issues of culture, religion and politics. The recent Israeli elections may aggravate the divide.
NATO and Israel Are Right to Deepen Ties
Israel is fast becoming NATO’s premier partner country. As the alliance’s Mediterranean Dialogue program turns 25 this year, enlisting Jerusalem’s help to tackle today’s security challenges is still a no-brainer:
Malaysia’s Israel Obsession Must Be Addressed
Malaysia is 4,700 miles away from the Middle East, yet the leadership of this Muslim-majority country in Asia long ago chose sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Malaysia has recognized the “State of Palestine” and hosts a Palestinian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, but refuses to recognize the State of Israel.
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. The week-long educational seminar marks the first delegation under the auspices of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and AJC, the highlight of which is an annual mayors’ delegation to Israel.
The Impact of Elections on Israel-Diaspora Relations
One election in Israel, or for that matter in the US, does not fundamentally alter the foundation of the Israel-Diaspora relationship. Keeping it close and strong must be a shared priority for both American Jews and Israelis.
AJC Congratulates Benjamin Netanyahu, Salutes Vibrant Israeli Democracy
American Jewish Committee (AJC), the global Jewish advocacy organization, congratulates Prime Minster Netanyahu on his hard-fought election victory.
Former Carter Advisor Reflects on Israel-Egypt Treaty
Middle East scholar Kenneth Stein says former President Jimmy Carter had hoped the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty would spark comprehensive peace across the region. The treaty, signed on March 26, 1979 by late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli premier Menachem Begin, was the first such peace pact between Israel and an Arab state.

A Call For Nuance
I work for an organization often identified as part of the American Jewish mainstream – sometimes dubbed the “Jewish establishment” – whose position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been fiercely attacked, even defamed, and I’m sick of it.
AJC, U.S. Conference of Mayors to Partner on Israel Visits
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today by AJC CEO David Harris and U.S. Conference of Mayors leaders, including Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin, President; Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director; and Mayor Nan Whaley, Chair of the International Relations Committee.
Michelle Alexander’s Column In NY Times Hits New Low
Reading Michelle Alexander’s column, “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” in The New York Times (Jan. 20) isn’t for the faint of heart. So many questions swirl around it that it’s hard to know where to begin.
The EU's Approach to Israel: Even-Handed or Heavy-Handed Relations?
The state of the EU-Israel relationship would make an ideal topic for an Oxford Union debate. Cite the fact that the European Union is Israel’s biggest trading partner, that Israel is integrated into many exclusive EU programs, or point out how the “Open Sky” agreement has lowered airfares while boosting tourism between the two sides, and you can convincingly argue that they are the best of partners. But an equally convincing case can be made for the exact opposite motion. Cite the long list of Israel-critical EU statements, the disagreement about the Iranian nuclear deal, and the European public’s negative image of the Jewish state, and it looks like a relationship in crisis.
AJC Congratulates Brazil President Bolsonaro, Salutes Prime Minister Netanyahu Visit
“As longstanding advocates for robust relations between Brazil and Israel, we are especially gratified that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended President Bolsonaro’s inauguration and met with him, as well as with other regional leaders,” said Dina Siegel Vann, Director of AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs.
Israel’s Expanding Ties with Gulf States
A pattern of improved relations with almost all the Gulf states is emerging, backed by occasional statements by senior officials and a much livelier debate than ever in the local media about the legitimacy of Israel's presence as a player in the region.
Belle's Israel Blog: Up Up and Away
Belle Etra Yoeli is the Chief of Staff to AJC CEO David Harris. Responsible for making planes and trains run on time (among other things!), Belle travels with Harris around the globe, meeting with heads of state, cabinet level officials, dignitaries, and parliamentarians, and learning about the world at the very highest political levels
Netanyahu in Oman, Hatikvah in Abu Dhabi
Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit in Oman – followed up with dramatic visuals published by his hosts soon after he left – is a truly dramatic event, one of the most significant even in a two-year period replete with diplomatic breakthroughs: it was the first of its kind in the Arab world since the heady days of the mid-1990s.
4 Takeaways from Chancellor Merkel’s Trip to Israel
After German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s latest visit to the Jewish state, AJC Jerusalem Director Avital Leibovich and AJC Berlin Ramer Institute Director Deidre Berger, answered key questions about the relationship between the German leader and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and what’s next for Germany-Israel ties.
AJC Ad in Wall Street Journal on Unjust UN Human Rights Council Treatment of Israel
On September 25, 2018, AJC published an ad in The Wall Street Journal calling on world leaders to end the structural bias against Israel at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
AJC Regrets Paraguay Decision to Move Embassy to Tel Aviv
AJC is deeply disappointed by Paraguay’s decision to close its recently opened embassy in Jerusalem and return it to Tel Aviv.
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.
Hezbollah’s International Presence and Operations
Dr. Matthew Levitt, the Fromer-Wexler fellow and director of the Reinhard program on counterterrorism and intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, details the European operations of the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah since the organization was partially designated a terrorist organization.
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.
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 antisemitism and the security of the state of Israel as part of the country’s Staatsräson, or national interest.
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.
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 antisemitism 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 Antisemitism?
This AJC Global Forum 2018 session explored the rise of a new strain of antisemitism 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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).
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.
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.
Israel Versus Hamas: The Case for Moral Clarity
The difference between Hamas and Israel couldn’t be greater, yet you wouldn’t know it when listening to some observers.
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.
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.
The Trump Administration and Israel
Year one of the Trump administration is in the books. How did it approach Israel and the Arab-Israeli peace process? Did the administration's Middle East policy evolve as the year wore on? We explore both questions this week.
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.
AJC Salutes U.S. Veto of UN Security Council Resolution on Jerusalem
AJC praised the Trump Administration for exercising its veto power at the UN Security Council to block a resolution calling on the president to rescind his December 6 announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.
The Trump Declaration: What Have We Learned from the Reactions So Far?
As might have been expected, President Trump's short speech on December 6 changing the U.S. stance on the status of Jerusalem, albeit in line with Congressional legislation dating back to 1995, unleashed a firestorm of excited verbiage both pro and con, much of it overblown and at times absurd.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Setting the Record Straight on Hezbollah: Full Report
AJC, together with the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) produced a fact-based analysis that makes the case for full designation.
Exclusive AJC eBook: Israel: A National Reborn
As we celebrate Israel’s birthday, read this powerful essay by AJC CEO David Harris on the history and meaning of Israel’s remarkable journey.
Exclusive AJC eBook – Israel and the Arab-Israel Conflict: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed
Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, written by AJC CEO David Harris, provides a clear and concise picture of Israel’s ongoing struggle for peace and security in a tumultuous region that all too often has denied the very legitimacy of a Jewish state.
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