Kushner spoke about the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace process work, but gave very few details.
David Friedman, a top adviser to President-elect Trump on Israel, pledged Sunday not to meet the dovish group J Street if he is appointed U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Haim Saban, widely views as the closest pro-Israel donor to Hillary and Bill Clinton, has yet to pick a candidate to support in 2020. His current focus is on ensuring that the Democratic Party remains supportive of Israel by making sure Keith Ellison does not become chair of the DNC.
At a recent Haaretz side session at the Jewish Federations’ General Assembly, I hosted Peter Beinart for a conversation entitled “Israelis are from Mars, American Jews are from Venus.” A month later, our colorful caption was fully borne out by the 2015 Saban Forum, which highlighted the great gap between large parts of the American Jewish and Democratic establishment and the powers that be in Israel’s ruling coalition.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday she would take the relationship between the U.S. and Israel “to the next level,” but warned that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would not be enough to stabilize the entire region.
Naftali Bennett isn’t afraid to tell Washington the two-state solution is no solution. The real problem? Many Israelis agree with the rising right wing star.
Naftali Bennett’s got chutzpah. The right-wing wunderkind bluntly trashed the two-state solution and warned an American diplomat to ‘wake up’ before more Israelis die, Nathan Guttman reports.
Tempers are wearing thin in Washington and Jerusalem over Iran — and the situation wasn’t helped by teh recent Saban Forum where nasty sparks flew between leaders.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has drawn a lot of heat in the last few weeks, on himself and the administration, for his December 2 comment that Israel needs to “just get to the damn table” with the Palestinians. After all, his critics note, Prime Minister Netanyahu has been declaring since 2009 that he’s ready to resume negotiations without preconditions, and the Palestinians have been refusing. How did it become Israel’s fault that the talks have been frozen for two and a half years?
Pentagon chief Leon Panetta was clear as can be about Israel and the peace process: ‘Get back to the damn table.’ Hillary Clinton had sharp words, too.