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Israel Foreign Policy with Dr. Elai Rettig

November 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Dr. Elai Rettig is the Israel Institute Teaching Fellow in Israeli and Environmental Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. In this four-part series, Professor Rettig will explore the history of Israel’s foreign policy relationship with the US including the role that diaspora Jewish communities play in Israel’s foreign policy and Israel’s changing role in the Middle East with the recent UAE agreement.

October 12 – Israel’s “special relationship” with the US – reviewing the history of US-Israel relationship from an Israeli perspective shows that US foreign policy towards Israel doesn’t seem to follow the red-blue divide. We examine what are the underlying interests that maintain this “special” relationship, and what could change it.

October 19 – “Finding a Warm Jew” – Israel’s use of the Jewish diaspora as a foreign policy tool – the Israeli government views the US Jewish community as its “only trusted ally” in the international system. We will discuss what is unique (and what isn’t so unique) about Israel’s strategic use of its diaspora as a foreign policy tool.

November 16 – Israel in a new Middle East? – How is Israel’s role changing in the region following the new agreement with the UAE, and what does this mean for the Palestinians.

November 23 – A quest for peace? – what’s going to happen with the Trump Peace Plan, where does it stand in comparison with the previous plans, and what paradigms are slowly being broken with regards to how peace is made in the Middle East?


November 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Jewish Federation of St. Louis (Karen Rader)