Happy Birthday Israel!
The Jewish state celebrated its 72nd birthday this week. AJC CEO David Harris writes in this powerful essay about the history and meaning of Israel’s miraculous journey. The establishment of the state in 1948 was the fulfillment of its envisioned role as home and safe haven for Jews from around the world. Forced to fight wars and terrorism from day one, Israel’s wholehearted embrace of democracy, its impressive scientific, cultural, and economic achievements are all the more remarkable.
AJC CEO Ted Deutch at the UN on the Institution’s Role to Combat Antisemitism
Speaking at a high-level UN side event focused on globalizing efforts to combat antisemitism alongside Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, the first Jewish spouse of an American president or vice president, AJC CEO Ted Deutch called on UN leaders to do more to counter antisemitism at the world body. The program was co-hosted by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and the missions of Argentina, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, and the United Kingdom.
When Will The Far Left Stop Instrumentalizing The Palestinian Cause?
Jailed for plotting the murder of the former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel and for his connections with the EU-listed terrorist organization PFLP, Salah Hamouri, often misrepresented as a “human rights activist,” was warmly welcomed by several far left lawmakers in France last December. In Le Figaro, AJC’s Simone Rodan-Benzaquen calls them out for embracing Palestinian terrorists and stresses their serious responsibility to refrain from glorifying terrorism as elected officials.
AJC Transatlantic Institute Welcomes First EU-Israel Association Council in Over a Decade
Brussels – 03 October 2022 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute warmly welcomes that the EU-Israel Association Council, last convened in 2012, was finally held today in Brussels.
“The AJC Transatlantic Institute has long advocated for reconvening the Association Council with Israel for...
47 Years on the Jewish Front Lines: A Gratifying Life
"Time and again, the impossible has become possible. Despite the unrelenting threats, the Jewish people are better off, more free, and more secure in 2022 than in 1975." AJC CEO David Harris reflects in a Jerusalem Post column on the lessons learned after nearly 50 years on the Jewish front lines.
Large AJC Delegation, on Weeklong Arabian Gulf Visit, Marks Abraham Accords Anniversary and Opening of AJC Abu Dhabi Office
Over the past two years, the world has witnessed growing bilateral ties, advancing and yielding tangible benefits from Arab-Israel peace. To celebrate the second anniversary of the Abraham Accords and the official opening earlier this year of AJC Abu Dhabi, a delegation of 80 AJC leaders from across the United States traveled this month to the UAE and were joined by Emirati government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, business leaders, and members of the local Jewish community.
The Abraham Accords Inspired a Daring New Path for the Middle East
Who would have predicted security cooperation between Israel and Bahrain, defense cooperation between Israel and Morocco, or the free trade agreement between the UAE and Israel? In this commentary for The Times of Israel, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson highlights the miraculous feats made possible in the two years since the ceremonial signing of the Abraham Accords.
Biden’s Middle East Visit: An Alternative View
"Biden declared clearly that the U.S. does not intend to leave a Middle East vacuum to be filled by Russia, China, and Iran," reports AJC Abu Dhabi Director Marc Sievers in the Arab Weekly, offering key takeaways on President Biden’s first visit to the Middle East as president.
AJC Warmly Welcomes the Renewed EU-Israel Association Council After 10 Years
Following a Foreign Affairs Council between the 27 member states, the EU's decision to finally relaunch the Association Council with Israel, meant to ensure continuous political dialogue and deepen bilateral ties, was long overdue after a ten-year break. AJC has long urged governments and diplomats to resume the high-level ministerial talks that were last held in 2012 and had not been reconvened since due to the opposition of certain countries.
AJC Hails Saudi Decision to Open Air Space to Israeli Flights
“In the spirit of the historic Abraham Accords, today’s Saudi announcement is a significant example of normalization that will further advance the promise and reality of Arab-Israeli peace,” said AJC CEO David Harris. The announcement came as President Biden ended his visit to Israel and flew directly to Jeddah for meetings with Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders. As Biden noted, “Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to open its airspace for all civilian planes, including those flying to and from Israel, is an important step towards building a more integrated and stable Middle East region.”
AJC Welcomes the Letter by 158 MEPs Urging the EU to Reconvene the Association Council with Israel
Brussels – 11 July 2022 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute welcomes the open letter signed by 158 Members of the European...