The United States’ deep ties with Israel and the evolving relationship between the two countries has broad ramifications that range from the local political to the geostrategic. In this panel discussion, hosted by the Institute for Palestine Studies, four experts will explore the evolution of Republican and Democratic Party positions on Israel and Palestine, Congress as an actor in shaping U.S. foreign policy, how U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestine question impacts broader U.S. national interests, and the influence of Islamophobia and the role of the Evangelical community in shaping U.S. policy. This discussion comes at an important time in the 2016 presidential election race and touches on the latest issues related to American policy on Israel and Palestine and what changes we might expect to see in American policy towards Israel.
Paul Pillar, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University and former CIA analyst
Maya Berry, Executive Director, Arab American Institute
Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Policy Analyst at Arab Research Center
Nihad Awad, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Rashid Khalidi, Editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies and Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University