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Israel Policy Pod

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.

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Remembrance and Independence Under the Specter of War
On this week’s episode, Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber and IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman discuss this year's Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut under the pall of October 7, the state of U.S.-Israel relations, the ongoing Rafah operation amid the wider war in Gaza, Israel's lack of a day-after strategy, growing dissent in the war cabinet, anti-Israel campus protests, and more.Read Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Sr. Director of Policy Research Shira Efron's recent op-ed in The New York Times here.Read this week's Koplow Column here.Support the Show.
55:53 5/16/24
Ceasefire Reports and Netanyahu's Retorts
On this week’s episode, Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber hosts Haaretz Military Correspondent Amos Harel to discuss the overall state of the Israel-Hamas war. They cover the limited Israeli ground incursion into Rafah, Hamas' response to the ceasefire-for-hostage deal proposal, the situation on the northern border with Lebanon, and more. Support the Show.
55:49 5/8/24
Campus Chaos, Ceasefire Considerations, and Rafah Remonstrations
On this week’s episode, Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber hosts Israel Policy Forum’s Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow and Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Senior Director of Policy Research Shira Efron. Together they assess the ongoing turmoil on U.S. college campuses surrounding the Gaza war, the prospects for a ceasefire-for-hostage deal between Israel and Hamas, the state of play in the war nearly seven months in, and more.Support the Show.
61:41 5/3/24
Israel's Multi-Theater War
On this week’s episode, Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber and IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman discuss Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel over the weekend, the Israeli mood before and after, the timing and scope of the impending Israeli retaliation, the state of play in the Gaza war, the fate of a ceasefire-for-hostages deal, rising tensions in the West Bank, and more. In the wake of Iran’s unprecedented direct attack on Israel, Israel Policy Forum experts have been providing timely, clear-headed, and sober analysis on regional dynamics and the state of the Israeli-Palestinian arena.In this week’s Koplow Column, Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow unpacks misconceptions surrounding Iran’s attack and the opportunity Israel now has to undo some of the mistakes it made after October 7. Read here.Writing in Foreign Affairs, our Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Senior Director of Policy Research, Dr. Shira Efron, offers tangible recommendations for addressing Gaza’s humanitarian crisis while underscoring the importance of involving the Palestinian Authority. Read here.Following Iran’s attack, we have updated our concise explainer on the role of Iran and its proxies in driving conflict across various theaters. Read here.Over the past few days, Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Pod host Neri Zilber has written a handful of timely dispatches in the Financial Times on the fallout from Iran’s attack. Explore Neri’s analysis here.If you rely on Israel Policy Forum for credible and thoughtful analysis, please make a gift today so our work can continue to have an impact.Support the Show.
56:33 4/18/24
The Brusque Breakdown of the Bibi-Biden Bromance
On this week’s episode, Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber hosts Israel Policy Forum’s Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow and Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Senior Director of Policy Research Shira Efron. Together they unpack Israel’s anger at the U.S. abstention at the U.N. Security Council, why Netanyahu seems intent on creating a crisis with the Biden administration, domestic politics in Israel dictating diplomacy, how U.S.-Israel ties reached this low point in the wake of October 7, and more. As Israel pushes forward with its war in Gaza and grapples with political turmoil at home, Israel Policy Forum experts have been providing timely, clear-headed, and sober analysis on the ongoing conflict. In this week’s Koplow Column, Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow unpacks Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response to the U.S. declining to veto U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Read the column here.In the coming days, we will be publishing recommendations to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, based on an Economic Cooperation Foundation report by Shira Efron, Jess Manville, and Celine Touboul. A link will be available here once the document has been published.If you rely on Israel Policy Forum for credible and thoughtful analysis, please make a gift today so our work can continue to have an impact. Donate now at the support link below.Support the Show.
62:52 3/26/24
Gaza: Today and Tomorrow
On this week’s episode, Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber hosts Col. (res.) Dr. Michael Milshtein, former head of the Palestinian arena in Israeli Military Intelligence to assess the current moment in the Israel-Hamas war. They cover Israel’s misconception before October 7, the third phase of Israel’s war campaign in Gaza, planning for the day after Hamas, the chances of a hostage and ceasefire deal by Ramadan, and more.Listen to the May 2023 episode with Col. (res.) Dr. Michael Milshtein, here.Support the Show.
55:21 3/7/24
The Northern Front
On this week’s episode, Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber hosts military and strategic affairs analyst Yaakov Lappin to discuss the current state of play between Israel and Hizballah. They cover what Hizballah is actually thinking, the connection to the Gaza war, the merits of diplomacy versus a military operation to resolve this conflict, and more. As Israel pushes forward with its war in Gaza and grapples with political turmoil at home, Israel Policy Forum experts have been providing timely, clear-headed, and sober analysis on the ongoing conflict. In the Financial Times, Policy Advisor and Israel Policy Pod host Neri Zilber wrote on the impact of Smotrich and Ben Gvir on Netanyahu’s approach to the war. Read here.Applications are open for IPF Atid’s leadership summit in Chicago from May 19 to May 21, open to young professionals in IPF Atid’s leadership network. Apply here.IPF Atid is also accepting applications for its policy fellowship for undergrads. This exclusive cohort opportunity is offered to 10 college students across North America who are passionate about promoting informed, policy-based discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on campus. Fellows receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the fellowship. Apply here.Explore our 2023 Impact Report, which provides a brief snapshot of our work amid last year’s unprecedented challenges and tragedies. View here.Support the Show.
56:00 2/29/24
Wartime Upheaval and Day-After Diplomacy
On this week’s episode, Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber hosts Israel Policy Forum’s Israel Fellow Nimrod Novik and Director of the Horizon Center for Political Studies and Media Outreach Ibrahim Eid Dalalsha. They discuss the current mood in the West Bank amidst the Gaza war, growing concerns ahead of Ramadan, diplomacy surrounding Gaza and whether the U.S.-led ‘grand bargain’ can actually succeed, Palestinian Authority reform, the day after in Gaza, and more. As Israel pushes forward with its war in Gaza and grapples with political turmoil at home, Israel Policy Forum experts have been providing timely, clear-headed, and sober analysis on the ongoing conflict. In the Financial Times, Policy Advisor and Israel Policy Pod host Neri Zilber wrote on the impact of Smotrich and Ben Gvir on Netanyahu’s approach to the war. Read here.Applications are open for IPF Atid’s leadership summit in Chicago from May 19 to May 21, open to young professionals in IPF Atid’s leadership network. Apply here.IPF Atid is also accepting applications for its policy fellowship for undergrads. This exclusive cohort opportunity is offered to 10 college students across North America who are passionate about promoting informed, policy-based discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on campus. Fellows receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the fellowship. Apply here.Explore our 2023 Impact Report, which provides a brief snapshot of our work amid last year’s unprecedented challenges and tragedies. View here.Support the Show.
51:49 2/21/24
Negotiations, Escalation, and a Pending Operation
On this week’s episode, Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber and IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman discuss a potential impending Rafah operation, the state of play of the hostage negotiations, strains in the Israel-U.S. relationship over the Gaza war, tensions growing on the northern border with Lebanon, and more.Explore more of our commentary and analysis at our Israel at War resource hub, here.Support the Show.
48:56 2/16/24
Negotiations, Tensions, and Politics
On this week’s episode, Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber and IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman unpack the latest updates from Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, possibilities for an upcoming hostage-release deal, tensions on the northern border with Hizballah, debates in the government about resettling Gaza, emerging details about UNRWA’s involvement in the October 7 attacks, and more.This week, our board chair, David Sherman, and CEO, David Halperin, wrote a letter explaining why the U.S. must promote a viable pathway to two states that acknowledges the obstacles on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides. Read here.In this Thursday’s Koplow Column, Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow wrote on Israel’s relationship to the international community following the last week’s International Court of Justice decision and recent revelations about UNRWAWe also published two articles in The Forward this week: one by Senior Policy and Communications Associate Alex Lederman on his recent Israel Policy Forum delegation to Israel and why embracing subjectivity is key to understanding the ongoing war in Israel and Gaza (read here)and another by Evan Gottesman on last week’s ruling at the International Court of Justice on Israel’s genocide case. Read here.Finally, this week our policy advisor Neri Zilber wrote in the Financial Times on the current state of play of Israel’s campaign in Gaza (read here)and in the Christian Science Monitor on reconciling the two aims of Israel’s war against Hamas. Read here.Support the Show.
56:34 1/31/24
Untangling the War's Objectives
In this episode of Israel Policy Pod, 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. They discuss the state of play in the Gaza war, whether Israel's twin war aims of destroying Hamas and rescuing the hostages are now in conflict, the prospects for a new hostage release deal, the humanitarian situation inside Gaza, renewed talk internationally of a two-state outcome, and more.Read this week's Koplow Column, here.Visit our Israel at War resource hub, here.Support the Show.
66:46 1/25/24
Israeli Politics Amid the War
Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Advisor Neri Zilber hosts Walla News Chief Political Correspondent Tal Shalev to discuss the state of play in Israeli politics amid the ongoing war in Gaza.Support the Show.
66:18 1/12/24
New Year, New Phase
With the war in Gaza apparently entering its third phase, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman hosts Tel Aviv-based journalist and Policy Advisor Neri Zilber to discuss the current state of play in the Israel-Hamas war, Israeli politics, and the region. They discuss the reported assassination of senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut, the social implications of Israel’s military reservists beginning to return home, the latest on the Israeli hostages who remain in captivity, the High Court’s decision to strike down the reasonableness law, and more. —As Israel pushes forward with its war in Gaza and grapples with political turmoil at home, Israel Policy Forum experts have been providing timely, clear-headed, and sober analysis on the ongoing conflict. In TIME Magazine, Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow and Israel Policy Forum CEO David A. Halperin explain why the U.S. must push for a proactive Israeli vision on the day after in Gaza that is compatible with its regional allies’ priorities. Read here.In a CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour, Israel Fellow Nimrod Novik, a former advisor to Shimon Peres, discusses Israel’s reported killing of senior Hamas official Saleh al-Arouri.  Watch here.In this week’s Koplow Column, Michael Koplow unpacks the High Court’s decision to strike down the reasonableness law and why Netanyahu and the opposition should leverage this moment to resolve a question at the core of the debate over the judiciary. Read here.In the Liberal Patriot, Michael Koplow writes on how the U.S. can bridge the gap with Israel over the question of the PA returning to Gaza. Read here.If you rely on Israel Policy Forum for credible and thoughtful analysis, please make a gift today so our work can continue to have an impact.Support the Show.
60:12 1/4/24
The Gaza War, Personally and Professionally
Haaretz Military Correspondent Amos Harel joins Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber to share his experience since October 7 in balancing his role as an Israeli citizen and professional journalist. They assess the state of Israel's military operation against Hamas in Gaza and analyze the larger regional threats and dynamics at play.—Nearly two months since the horrific Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7, the immense challenges ahead are still coming into focus. Our policy, community, and next-generation leaders are on the front lines in an increasingly hostile, complex, and polarized moment. They need our support—and we need yours.Please consider making a gift today to ensure that we can continue to be a source of credible analysis and constructive ideas. Donate now here.Support the Show.
55:02 12/20/23
The War Continues, Politics Comes Back
In this episode of Israel Policy Pod, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman hosts Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber for their last wartime update of 2023. They discuss the recent stories from Israel's military operation in southern Gaza, Netanyahu's latest political moves amidst rising domestic friction, the challenges facing the U.S.-Israel relationship, the mounting international pressure on Israel, and more.Read our new policy report, Starting From the Ground Up:U.S. Policy Options for Post-Hamas Gaza, here.—Nearly two months since the horrific Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7, the immense challenges ahead are still coming into focus. Our policy, community, and next-generation leaders are on the front lines in an increasingly hostile, complex, and polarized moment. They need our support—and we need yours.Please consider making a gift today to ensure that we can continue to be a source of credible analysis and constructive ideas. Donate now here.Support the Show.
51:54 12/13/23
Today and the Day After in Gaza
In this episode of Israel Policy Pod, 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 to discuss the state of affairs in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war and their forthcoming policy report, Starting From the Ground Up: U.S. Policy Options for Post-Hamas Gaza, releasing early next week.—Nearly two months since the horrific Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7, the immense challenges ahead are still coming into focus. Our policy, community, and next-generation leaders are on the front lines in an increasingly hostile, complex, and polarized moment. They need our support—and we need yours. Please consider making a gift today to ensure that we can continue to be a source of credible analysis and constructive ideas. Donate now here. Support the Show.
65:02 12/7/23
A Temporary Ceasefire
On this week’s episode, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman hosts Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber for another update amid a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas that has allowed for the release of over 90 hostages. They discuss the details of the deal that has enabled the release of hostages, what a resumption of the ground invasion of Gaza may look like, how the situation is viewed by the U.S., the PA, and other key players, the mood of the Israeli public, and more.For all of our resources on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, including a timeline of events from 1949 until now, explore our new Israel at War resource hub.Support the Show.
52:32 11/30/23
The Complex Challenges of the Israel-Hamas War
On this week’s episode, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman hosts Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor and Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber for another wartime update as the IDF progresses in its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. They discuss the unfolding situation at Gaza City’s al-Shifa Hospital and other key locations to watch in the Strip, the status of efforts to secure the release of the hostages, the backstory of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, scenarios for the day after in Gaza, the state of play in the West Bank, and more. For all of our resources on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, including a timeline of events from 1949 until now, explore our new Israel at War resource hub.Support the Show.
66:53 11/14/23
A New Phase and a Long War Ahead
On this week’s episode, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman hosts Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber for a wide-ranging conversation on the newly-entered phase in the Israel-Hamas war. They discuss Israel’s methodical launch of a ground offensive and surrounding storylines such as calls for a ceasefire, Netanyahu’s failed Gaza strategy leading up to October 7, civilian casualties in Gaza, escalating settler violence in the West Bank, and the ongoing hostage crisis.For all of our resources on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, including a timeline of events from 1949 until now, explore our new Israel at War resource hub.Support the Show.
63:11 11/1/23
On the Ground, Amid the Pending Ground Invasion
On this week’s episode, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman hosts Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber for a wide-ranging conversation on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. They discuss various issues impacting the multiple fronts of this conflict, including the Israeli hostages in Gaza, humanitarian aid for Gaza, Hamas’ history as a spoiler for efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, violence in the West Bank, and Israelis’ resilience as the country responds to its greatest tragedy since the Holocaust.For all of our resources on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, including a timeline of events from 1949 until now, explore our new Israel at War resource hub.Support the Show.
55:55 10/25/23
Seeing Through the Fog of War
On this week’s episode, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman returns to the podcast to discuss the ongoing Israel-Hamas war with Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber. They reflect on Israelis’ trauma almost two weeks after the devastating October 7 attacks, discuss the explosion at al-Ahli hospital in Gaza and the role of misinformation, unpack President Biden’s visit to Israel and the state of U.S.-Israel ties, and provide an overview of how the conflict has impacted other states in the region. In this week’s Koplow Column, Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow outlined three key issues that Israeli leaders should grapple with as they prepare to destroy Hamas in Gaza.Writing in The Messenger, Michael outlined the implications of self-identified progressives abandoning American Jews in the wake of October 7th. In The Christian Science Monitor, Israel Policy Pod host Neri Zilber unpacked the uncertainty surrounding how Israel plans on achieving its aims in Gaza.On this week’s Israel Policy Pause, Senior Policy and Communications Associate Alex Lederman recapped President Biden’s emergency visit to Israel this week.Watch this week’s Israel Policy Briefing with Haaretz Military Correspondent Amos Harel on the latest development on the ground and Israel’s strategic challenges.For all of our resources on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, including a timeline of events from 1949 until now, explore our new Israel at War webpage.Support the Show.
54:50 10/19/23
Unimaginable Tragedy and Unfolding War: Israel Mourns and Mobilizes
On October 7, 2023, Israelis faced the unthinkable when Hamas militants breached the Gaza border, carried out a violent rampage, took hundreds of Israelis hostage, and indiscriminately slaughtered at least 1,300 people—mostly civilians, many of them women, children, and elderly. These attacks resulted in the most Jews killed in a single day since the Holocaust. On this week’s episode, IPF Atid Director Shanie Reichman joins Tel Aviv-based journalist Neri Zilber to reflect on the darkest day in Israeli history. They reflect on the atrocities committed by Hamas, Israelis’ collective trauma and shattered sense of security, and how the country could have been so ill-prepared for Saturday’s onslaught. Shanie and Neri touch on the history of Hamas and its ideology, analyze how this moment has reshaped Israeli politics and social dynamics, discuss the ongoing military operation and mobilization, and strive to find hope for peace during these days of despair. In this week’s Koplow Column, Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow explained how this tragedy shattered Israelis’ sense of security, their leaders’ legacies, and American Jewish politics.In The Forward, Michael Koplow wrote on why Palestinian society and leadership must speak out to condemn the Hamas attack. In The Hill, Michael Koplow detailed how the U.S. should support Israel as the war unfolds. In The Christian Science Monitor, Israel Policy Pod host Neri Zilber unpacked how the shared trauma of this conflict is reshaping Israeli society and driving Israelis to put aside recent differences. In the Financial Times, Neri Zilber discussed the implications of Israel’s new wartime unity government.In Defense Opinion, IPF Atid Coordinator of Chapter Engagement and Strategy Rebecca Mandelbaum and Senior Policy and Communications Associate Alex Lederman co-authored an article on the strategic challenges Israel must consider as it prepares to invade Gaza.Our recent statements: October 7: Israel Policy Forum Outraged by Hamas Attacks, Stands in Support of Israel. Read here. October 10: Israel Policy Forum Commends President Biden for Support of Israel. Read here.October 11: Israel Policy Forum Welcomes Formation of Emergency War Government in Israel. Read here.October 12: In solidarity with Israel, CEO David Halperin offers words of strength, support, and hope for the future. Watch here.Support the Show.
58:35 10/12/23
Israel Under Attack (Audio Recording of Emergency Video Briefing)
In this emergency video briefing, we convened with our team of experts, Neri Zilber, Shira Efron, Nimrod Novik, and Michael Koplow to assess the unfolding situation in Israel.Our Statement from October 7, 2023: Israel Policy Forum is outraged by the despicable attacks by Hamas terrorists. We stand in firm support of Israel as it defends itself against this terrorist assault and provides security for its citizens, and we call on the international community to do the same.There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for the horrendous acts of terrorism the world witnessed today. Our thoughts are with the people of Israel at this trying time. We pray for the recovery of those injured, the return of those taken hostage, and the comfort of the families who have been upended, as we mourn the lives that have been lost.The Great Shattering | Koplow Column | October 9, 2023The tragedy that began Saturday represents a shattering—of Israelis’ sense of security, of their leaders’ legacies, and of American Jewish politics. An immediate course correction is needed. Read this week's Koplow Column here: https://israelpolicyforum.org/2023/10/09/the-great-shattering/Support the Show.
57:27 10/10/23
An Alternative View From Across the Green Line
On this week's episode, Tel Aviv-based journalist and Israel Policy Forum Policy Advisor Neri Zilber hosts Israel Piekrash, the co-founder and director of the Anahnu Movement, to discuss Israel's crumbling social cohesion and whether a new national consensus and a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are possible. They dive into Israel Piekrash's unique upbringing in the religious Zionist community, his shift in thinking about the Palestinians, and the vision of the Anahnu Movement before moving to current events, including the present state of the settler movement, protests against the judicial overhaul, and the likely reaction by far-right politicians to an Israel-Saudi normalization deal. Last Thursday, Senators Ossoff, Young, Booker, and Lankford introduced the Middle East Security Coordination Act, which seeks to strengthen the critical work of the United States Security Coordinator in Jerusalem to help stabilize the security situation in the West Bank in the service of a future two-state outcome. As a longtime champion of this issue, Israel Policy Forum has persistently maintained that the USSC is vital to security, stability, and a better future for Israelis and Palestinians, and we are pleased to partner with this bipartisan group of senators on this important bill. Listeners can expect to hear more about it soon. Read our statement here: https://israelpolicyforum.org/2023/09/28/statement-welcoming-the-introduction-of-the-middle-east-security-coordination-act/Last week, Chief Policy Officer Michael Koplow testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in its hearing on the implementation of the Taylor Force Act. Read or watch here: https://israelpolicyforum.org/2023/09/27/michael-koplows-testimony-before-house-committee-on-foreign-affairs/Michael also recently penned an op-ed in The Liberal Patriot explaining why U.S. policy must take into account Israel’s democracy, not just its security, as a core value of the relationship. Read here: https://www.liberalpatriot.com/p/israeli-democracy-and-the-futureThis week, Israel Policy Forum released the latest installment of Critical Neighbors, featuring four perspectives—Israeli, Palestinian, Saudi, and American— on the potential for an Israel-Saudi deal to include a meaningful Palestinian component. Read here: https://israelpolicyforum.org/critical-neighbors/#navigating-normalizationSupport the Show.
63:36 10/5/23
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.Support the Show.
78:39 9/19/23
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.Support the Show.
67:32 9/5/23
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.Support the Show.
67:43 8/29/23
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.Support the Show.
60:20 8/9/23
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.Support the Show.
68:19 8/2/23
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 TrackerSupport the Show.
62:53 7/26/23

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