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Israel Action Center Conference Call Series

Aaron_David_Miller (2).jpg The IAC was proud to host a conference call on Wednesday, December 21st featuring Distinguished Scholar and Vice President of New Initiatives of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Aaron David Miller. Mr. Miller presented an analysis of the potential implications of President-Elect Trump's nominations and his foreign policy objectives, particularly as they impact the Middle East and Israel. Call Recording.
Makovsky.jpg  On on September 21st the IAC hosted David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow & Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute of Near East Policy for a conference call assessing the long-term US$38 Billion Military Aid Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Israel. The United States has no comparable arrangement with any other country. Mr. Makovsky discussed what the MOU means for the U.S.-Israel relationship and the messages it sends to Israel's adversaries. Call Recording.
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On Nov. 11th, 2015, the IAC hosted Aaron David Miller, Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for a call on the implications of Prime Minister Netanyahu's Visit with President Obama. Call Recording.

Superintendent Rosenfeld 2.jpg On Oct. 27, 2015, Superintendent Mickey Rosenfeld, spokesman of the Israeli National Police to the foreign press, participated Tuesday in a conference call with Jewish community members nationwide. Rosenfeld discussed the ongoing wave of terrorist attacks in Israel, and the powerful role of social media in the current violence. He emphasized the comprehensive efforts of Israeli security forces in securing public areas, specifically synagogues, busses, trains, bus stations, and schools. Rosenfeld reiterated that the status quo on the Temple Mount has not changed, and Israeli security forces are monitoring the situation on all fronts including Gaza in the South and Syria and Lebanon in the North. Call Recording.
ariel cohen   On Sept. 24th, 2015, the IAC hosted  Ariel Cohen, Ph.D, a leading expert in Russia and the Middle East to discuss the significance of Russian intervention in Syria and the implications this intervention has for the U.S. and Israel. In the weeks prior to this call Russia moved jet fighters, tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery to a base near Latakia, Syria for the first time. Russia has said its military buildup in Syria is to support Bashar al-Assad's regime and combat ISIS. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has raised questions about Russia’s intentions in Syria as world powers seek a solution to the crisis in Syria. Both the U.S. and Israel are worried the implications of this major military build up and escalation in Syria. Call Recording.
TAL SCHNEIDER.jpg In a follow up to the Feb. 12th call, the JCRC and the JCPA hosted leading Israeli Journalist, Tal Schnieder for a call on May 19th, 2015 to discuss the results of the 2015 Israeli election. She offered analysis on the razor thin 61 seat governing coalition PM Netanyahu formed, the process of building the coalition including the promises made to each party, and the discourse of centrist and left leaning Israelis in the wake of the 20th Knesset being formed. Call Recording.
TAL SCHNEIDER.jpg On February 12th, 2015, the IAC hosted Israeli journalist Tal Schnieder for a call about the latest developments in the 2015 Israeli elections, the possible outcomes, and how the U.S-Israeli relationship may be impacted. Call Recording.
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On August 15th, 2015, the IAC welcomed Ilan Sztulman, the Embassy of Israel’s new Minister for Public Diplomacy, for a conference call. He provided analysis of the meaning of the on going ceasefire and terms that were being negotiated in Cairo.  He also looked toward the role of the United States, the United Nations and other actors moving forward.  More than 75 community members dialed in to get an update on these developments. Call Recording.

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On August 6th, 2015, the IAC hosted a conference call with the AJC’s Rabbi Andrew Baker on the rising tide of global anti-Semitism (co-sponsored with AJC).  He has been a prominent figure in addressing Holocaust-era issues in Europe and in international efforts to combat anti-Semitism. More than 100 community members dialed in to listen to Rabbi Baker’s analysis of the thin line between anti-Israel sentiment and outright anti-Semitism which has been obliterated in recent weeks.  He also offered tips for ways to combat this situation. Call Recording
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Only July 29th, 2015 the IAC hosted a conference call with Council on Foreign Relations Scholar, Elliott Abrams. Mr. Abrams gave an analysis of Operation Protective Edge, the role of the US and the UN, in addition to other internation players and what he believed the next steps should be.  Mr. Abrams said, "The terrorist group [Hamas] cannot be permitted to improve its situation by putting millions of Palestinians and Israelis at risk, hiding behind mosques and hospitals and schools, shooting thousands of rockets at civilians, and causing day after day of death and destruction." He also answered questions from the more than 100 members of our community who participated. Call Recording

On July 16th, 2015 the IAC hosted a conference call with Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman who briefed 125 members of our community on the situation in Israel.  MK Lipman discussed Israeli governmental policy on Operation Protective Edge, the reilience and day-to-day life inside Israel during these trying times, and they ways the Jewish community in North America could offer support to our brothers and sisters in Israel.   Call Recording

Only July 10th, 2015 the IAC hosted a conference call with IDF Spokesman LTC Peter Lerner welcoming 150 dialed in participants (co-sponsored by the JCPA).  LCT Lerner provided real time updates on the current situation in Israel, including the escalation in rocket fire from Hamas, placing 3.5 million Israeli citizens at risk including those as far north as Tel Aviv; Israel’s aerial and naval response; and the call-up of 40,000 reserve troops. In response to the launch of Operation Protective Edge, LTC Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesperson said: “In the past weeks, residents of southern Israel were forced into an unbearable reality – a situation they haven’t encountered in these scales since November, 2012. In light of these circumstances, the IDF commenced Operation ‘Protective Edge’. We are determined to lay a significant blow on Hamas’ terror capabilities and infrastructure, eliminate any threat on Israeli sovereignty emanating from the Gaza Strip and restore stability to the southern region. Terrorists perpetrating the aggression against Israel have a personal price to pay and will bear the consequences of their actions.” Click here for recording

Aaron-Miller.jpg On May 13th, 2015 Wilson Center expert Aaron David Miller joined the Israel Action Center for: The Blame Game - An analysis of the collapse of the peace talks. Mr. Miller discussed the idea that a conflict ending agreement is possible but there are 3 essential ingredients which are missing. 1. Leaders on both sides that are not prisoners to their own politics, histories and ideologies. 2. Absence of urgency which requires a fair amount of pain and discomfort on one hand and a gain on the other There need to be incentives and disinvites. 3. A deal which can actually be done that addresses trauma of history, proximity, security issues, no margin of error. Click here to listen to a recording of the call.
Noam Katz.jpg On Friday, April 25th, 2015, Noam Katz , Minister for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC joined the Israel Action Center to discuss the implications of suspended peace talks. Israel has been working closely with Secretary Kerry and the United States to extend the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in an effort to reach an historic peace agreement. President Abbas embraced Hamas, a terror organization committed to Israel’s destruction by signing an agreement between Hamas and Fatah. This is a blow to the peace process and consequently, Israel, with the support of the U.S. walked away from the negotiating table. As the State Department said, “U.S. principles have long been the same in terms of the Palestinian Government in unambiguously and explicitly committing to nonviolence, recognizing the state of Israel, accepting previous agreements and obligations. Signing an agreement with Hamas is contradictory to each of these elements.”