Israel’s Shifting Political Landscape and National Security

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The Future of U.S.-Israel Relations Symposium
Session I: Israel's Shifting Political Landscape and National Security


Assaf Orion
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies

Dana Weiss
Political Correspondent, Channel 2 News

Tamara Cofman Wittes
Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution


Martin S. Indyk
Distinguished Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Introductory Remarks

Richard N. Haass
President, Council on Foreign Relations

Frank Lowy
Chairman, Institute for National Security Studies; Member, Global Board of Advisors, Council on Foreign Relations

The symposium held on December 2, 2019 analyzed the consequences of U.S. retrenchment for the future of Israel and the Middle East. For more than four decades, the United States has played a large part in the Middle East regional order. However, it is now pulling back from the region in a manner that has generated uncertainty and insecurity for America’s allies and partners. The event convened experts to discuss whether Israel is in a particularly exposed position given its traditional dependence on the United States.

The event was cosponsored with the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

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