Counterpoint: Middle East News Round-Up
Every year, the UN Human Rights Council systematically singles out the Jewish state under Item 7 while often turning a blind eye on the world’s most egregious human rights abusers. To discuss this deep flaw undermining the multilateral system and what Europe can do to rectify it, Counterpoint host Daniel Schwammenthal is joined by Israel’s envoy to the EU Aharon Leshno Yaar, who was previously posted in Geneva, and Željana Zovko, Croatian member of the EU Parliament’s foreign affairs committee.
In his latest article in New Europe, AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal unmasks the patently antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The group seeks nothing less than the de-facto dismemberment of a UN Member State: “Irrespective of whether that state in question is Jewish or say, Irish, to call for its end cannot possibly be considered a “legitimate political position.”
After the launch of the cross-party Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) in the EU Parliament, Counterpoint host Daniel Schwammenthal spoke with TFI Chair MEP Lukas Mandl and Vice Chair MEP Petras Auštrevičius (Renew Europe) from Lithuania about the group’s priorities, including upgrading the EU-Israel Association Agreement, a speedy convening of an Association Council, and overall stronger ties between Israel, Europe, and the U.S. on the basis of shared democratic values.
Brussels – 9 July 2019 –The AJC Transatlantic Institute launched today the inter-parliamentary “Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI)” group in the EU Parliament. Chaired by Austrian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Lukas Mandl (EPP), this is the first-ever cross-party friendship caucus...
In this exclusive interview first aired at the Global Forum, AJC’s annual flagship conference held on June 2-4 in Washington, AJC CEO David Harris speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about rising anti-Semitism, the future of American global leadership, why the Trump Administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, and the need to bolster the crucial U.S.-Israel alliance.
The lessons of the 1967 Six-Day-War are today as relevant as ever. AJC CEO David Harris, writing in the Times of Israel, leafs through the history of Israel’s second existential war of self-defence, dotted as it is with the Arab world’s many missed opportunities to create a Palestinian state and make peace with Israel.
Dr. Einat Wilf, former Labour Party Member of the Knesset, and Adi Schwartz, former Senior Editor at Haaretz, wrote the best-selling book "The War of Return" about the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. Counterpoint host Daniel Schwammenthal discusses with the authors how its mandate may stand in the way of a negotiated two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.
Writing in New Europe, AJC Transatlantic Institute Deputy Director Michael Sieveking argues that NATO and Israel are right to deepen their mutually-beneficial relations. The political-military alliance can tap into Jerusalem’s unique expertise, such as counter-terrorism and cybersecurity, while forging even closer intelligence ties that have already saved countless lives in the West.
Fueled by the discoveries of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Cyprus, and Israel are forging an alliance of like-minded Western democracies that deserves U.S. support. AJC CEO David Harris and Endy Zemenides, head of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), make the case in the Times of Israel that the “steel and coal of the 21st century” might even usher in a new era of peace and security in the region.
In “Mission Impossible? Repairing the Ties between Europe and Israel,” a publication of “The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,” Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal highlights the EU’s propensity to look at its relationship with the Jewish state predominantly through the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.