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27/09/2019

Will the EU Follow Britain in Banning Hezbollah?

Counterpoint host Daniel Schwammenthal is joined by Geoffrey Van Orden, British Member of the European Parliament, and Tommaso Virgili, Visiting Fellow at the Martens Centre for European Studies, to discuss the UK's decision to ban Hezbollah in its entirety and the prospects for the EU to follow suit. Will Brussels end the artificial distinction between the “military” and “political” arms of Iran’s terror proxy?

23/09/2019

BDS Is Antisemitic

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.”

25/07/2019

Antisemitism at German Editors’ Desks

Germany’s leading weekly news magazine Der Spiegel faced heavy criticism for publishing a piece entitled ‘Lobbying in the Bundestag: How Two Organizations Control Germany’s Middle East policy.’ AJC Berlin’s Assistant Director Remko Leemhuis writes in The Algemeiner that the article - light on facts and rife with anti-Jewish tropes - is eroding the post-war consensus on antisemitism in Germany.

22/07/2019

What’s TFI all about?

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.

18/07/2019

Hezbollah is a Terrorist Organisation and a Threat to Europe

On 18 July we marked the seventh anniversary of the Hezbollah suicide bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria that killed six people. If Europe is serious about combating antisemitism, the global terror group Hezbollah must be stopped in its tracks, argues Michael Sieveking, Deputy Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, in New Europe.

09/07/2019

AJC Launches Inter-Parliamentary U.S.-Israel-EU Friendship Group

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...

28/06/2019

A Conversation with Pompeo

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.

26/06/2019

Why History Still Matters: The 1967 Six Day War

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.

25/06/2019

Is UNRWA an Obstacle to Peace?

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.  

23/05/2019

NATO and Israel are Right to Deepen Ties

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.