America’s Bond with Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The US and Israel just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which guarantees $38 billion in aid to Israel over 10 years. The MOU was signed despite noted tensions between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In this episode of America Abroad, take a look at America's relationship with Israel. Explore the strategic history of the relationship, the base of support in the American public, and ways in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is causing an erosion of support amongst progressives. And find out what all of this might mean for the future of the relationship.

Listen Friday, October 14 at 11pm on AM820

Guests Include:

  • Elliott Abrams: Senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, Council on Foreign Relations 
  • Josh Block: CEO and President, The Israel Project 
  • Trent Franks: Congressman of Arizona's 8th congressional district
  • Ilan Goldenberg: Middle East Security Director, Center for a New American Security
  • Tzipi Livni: Former Foreign Minister of Israel and Chairman of the Hatnuah party
  • Michael Makovsky: U.S. National Security Expert, The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
  • Yousef Munayyer: Executive Director, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
  • Aaron David Miller: Vice President for New Initiatives, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Michael Oren: Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, serves as Deputy Minister for Diplomacy
  • Dennis Ross: Former diplomat, served under Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton
  • Shibley Telhami: Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland