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A weekly podcast that goes beyond the headlines to bring you analysis from Israel Policy Forum experts and distinguished guests including policymakers, activists, and academics.

    Previewing the Bibi-Biden Meeting and a Holiday Recap

    Previewing the Bibi-Biden Meeting and a Holiday Recap

    On this week’s episode, Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber hosts Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow and Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Senior Director of Policy Research Shira Efron for a wide-ranging conversation about the Oslo Accords’ 30th anniversary last week, the historic Supreme Court hearing over the law that ended the reasonableness standard, the long-delayed upcoming meeting between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the prospects for a U.S.-brokered Israel-Saudi normalization deal.
    We spearheaded a letter to President Biden, signed by key American Jewish leaders, in support of an Israel-Saudi normalization deal that tangibly advances prospects for a two-state outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read our letter here.Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow penned an op-ed in The Forward unpacking what Netanyahu hopes to achieve during his U.S. trip given his domestic and international political challenges. Read here.Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow wrote an article in The Messenger explaining why President Biden should insist that Netanyahu heed his wishes on Saudi normalization and other issues before granting him an Oval Office meeting. Read here.

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    Oslo at 30

    Oslo at 30

    As we mark the 30th anniversary of the Oslo Accords next week on September 13, Ambassador Martin S. Indyk (Israel Policy Forum board member and former U.S. ambassador to Israel) joins host Neri Zilber (journalist and Israel Policy Forum policy advisor) to reflect on the signing of that historic agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. They discuss the mood in Washington leading up to the White House ceremony, the birth of the Middle East peace process, where Oslo went wrong, subsequent peacemaking efforts, the current Israeli government's policy vis-à-vis a two-state outcome, and the prospects for an Israel-Saudi-U.S. deal that takes the Palestinians into account.
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    Palestinian Politics and Presidential Succession

    Palestinian Politics and Presidential Succession

    Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber hosts journalist Adam Rasgon for a deep dive into Palestinian politics. They discuss the article he recently co-authored with Aaron Boxerman in Foreign Policy Magazine, titled "The Palestinian Leader Who Survived the Death of Palestine," the life and role of senior official Hussein al-Sheikh, the current state of the Palestinian Authority, and the looming battle to succeed President Mahmoud Abbas. 
    Join us for The Oslo Legacy: Thirty Years On—A free, live event in D.C. marking 30 years since the signing of the first Oslo agreement and the start of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.  September 19, 2023 | 6:30-8:45pm ET. Register here.


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    The View From Riyadh: Israel-Saudi Normalization

    The View From Riyadh: Israel-Saudi Normalization

    Saudi foreign policy analyst Aziz Alghashian joins journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber to analyze the prospects for a U.S.-brokered normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. They discuss the complexities involved in the three-way agreement, the reported security demands of the United States by Saudi, the need for real tangible concessions by Israel towards the Palestinians, and the shadow cast by the Abraham Accords over any new normalization push. Finally, they conclude with a perspective from Riyadh regarding how the domestic unrest in Israel is viewed regionally and how life has changed dramatically in recent years inside the kingdom. 
    For more on this subject, explore our recent policy report: Leveraging the Prospect of Israel-Saudi Normalization to Advance Israel-Palestinian Progress.


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    An Unsettled Question

    An Unsettled Question

    Israel Policy Forum has released its latest policy report, An Unsettled Question: Recalibrating U.S. Policy on Israeli Settlements, which outlines detailed policy prescriptions for how Washington can more effectively combat Israeli settlement construction. On this episode, co-authors Dan Rothem, Jess Manville, and Michael Koplow join Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber for a discussion on the new study. They provide an overview of the current state of play in the West Bank under Israel’s far-right government, explain why settlements and creeping annexation should be countered, and delve into the study’s policy recommendations, which include developing a differentiated approach to settlement construction that focuses on areas where construction would pose the most harm to a two-state outcome.

    Read and download the report and one-pager here.


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    Israeli Security in the Shadow of the Judicial Overhaul

    Israeli Security in the Shadow of the Judicial Overhaul

    Haaretz Military Correspondent Amos Harel joins Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber to analyze how the passage of the Netanyahu government’s first judicial overhaul bill is impacting—and likely damaging—Israeli national security. They discuss the growing wave of Israeli military reservists threatening to stop reporting for duty, the scale of the unrest inside the Israel Defense Forces, the recent conduct of key security officials like Defense Minister Galant and Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, and the prospects for a military escalation between Israel and Hezbollah amid the domestic political crisis.
    Register for our video briefing today (July 26) at 2pm ET with Neri Zilber and Masua SagivListen to Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow speak about Israel’s political crisis on the War on the Rocks podcastRegister for IPF Atid’s virtual community check-in for young professionals this Friday (July 28) at 2pm ETWatch this week’s Israel Policy Pause with Alex Lederman on the wider implications of ending the reasonableness standardRegister for Central Synagogue’s video briefing with Michael Koplow at 8:30pm ET on Thursday, July 27Register for Park Avenue Synagogue’s video briefing with David Halperin at 12:30pm ET on Thursday, July 27Explore Israel Policy Forum’s Judicial Legislation Tracker

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