Conversation with Yahya Cholil Staquf
At AJC Global Forum 2018 in Israel, Yahya Cholil Staquf, who, as General Secretary of the Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council and Director of Religious Affairs of Bayt ar-Rahmah, heads the world’s largest Muslim organization, discusses the importance of interreligious dialogue and the quest for improving Muslim-Jewish ties in a conversation with Rabbi David Rosen, AJC International Director of Interreligious Affairs.
TFI Chair Mandl: We Must Intensify Relations with Israel
Vienna, 25 February 2021 - "The fight against the pandemic and the relaunch of the economy and the labour market are certainly the priority topics of the video conference of the EU heads of state and government today and tomorrow. I welcome the foresight of the EU Council President Charles...
The Abraham Accords’ ‘Side Deals’
The U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords achieved even more than the historic establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and three Arab nations. Jason Isaacson, AJC’s Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer, argues in Newsweek that the agreement’s critical ‘side deals’ ought to be honored. Both the $23 billion sale of F-35 warplanes to Abu Dhabi and U.S. recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara – with Sahrawi autonomy – will bolster ties with and among these critical allies to promote regional stability, counter extremist forces and address human needs.
TFI Chair Lukas Mandl Hails Establishment of Kosovo-Israel Ties and Calls for Deeper EU-Israel Relations
Brussels, February 3, 2021. "In these days, the mutual recognition of the State of Israel and the Republic of Kosovo will become a reality. As different as the two states are, it is also true that both are of particular importance for the development of the EU and Europe therefore it is a...
Reality Check: Israel, the Palestinians, and COVID Vaccines
Israel is the world’s front-runner on COVID vaccine distribution. It didn’t take long for libelous accusations to surface that the Jewish state deliberately neglected the Palestinians even though the Oslo Accords gave the Palestinian Authority sole responsibility for health care and Ramallah never asked for Israeli help. In this Times of Israel opinion piece, AJC CEO David Harris takes on the journalists, members of Congress, and activists who are propagating falsehoods about Israel and sets the record straight about the Palestinian vaccination program.
Europe Can’t Fight Antisemitism While Ignoring Threats to Israel
The EU regularly expresses its commitment to Israel’s security. But when it comes to the deadly threats the Jewish state faces, more often than not Europe is missing in action. In this POLITICO Europe opinion piece, AJC CEO David Harris raises questions about Europe's mixed messaging towards Jerusalem, its misguided policy on Iran and Hezbollah, the memory of the Holocaust, and the global fight against antisemitism.
Let the Game-Changing Begin
The U.S.-brokered peace agreement between Israel and Morocco goes all the way to the civilizational level. AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson explains in The Times of Israel how this year’s fourth diplomatic breakthrough for Israel in the Arab world is unique. This historic revival of the millennia-old ties between Morocco and the Jewish people are an example for others in the region to follow: “The season of game changing may be just beginning.”
The Underappreciated Abraham Accords
This year’s historic Abraham Accords inked between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain weren't everywhere met with the enthusiasm they deserve. Benedetta Buttiglione, the AJC Transatlantic Institute’s EU Policy Advisor, dissects in La Voce Repubblicana the flawed assumptions underpinning conventional thinking about the Middle East. A growing number of Arab nations are seeing the benefits of partnering with Israel and no longer allow their own interests to be held hostage by Palestinian intransigence.
Virtual Discussion with Lawmakers and Diplomats on Palestinian Textbooks
On 9 December 2020, at an exclusive Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) meeting for lawmakers and diplomats, leading European legislators called on the EU to seek an immediate end to incitement and antisemitism in Palestinian textbooks.
The UN Partition Plan: Reflections on the Beginnings of the Jewish State
73 years ago, the United Nations voted for the Partition Plan, calling for the formation of a Jewish state alongside an Arab one. Reflecting on the anniversary of the UN General Assembly Resolution 181, Ambassador Ron Prosor, Israel's Permanent Representative to the UN from 2011 to 2015, reflects on the beginning of the Jewish State and Israel’s relationship with the UN throughout the last decades.
Europe, Do Better At The UN
The UN General Assembly is poised to pass a total of 17 resolutions targeting Israel while omitting Palestinian terror and attempting to erase the millennia-old Jewish ties to Jerusalem. In comparison, the world’s worst human rights abusers like Iran will get a slap on the wrist. Writing in New Europe, the AJC Transatlantic Institute’s Deputy Director Michael Sieveking calls on the EU – currently under Germany’s presidency – to oppose this diplomatic assault on the Jewish state.