by Haya Luftig
The United States plays a vital role in negotiating a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The only viable path forward is through a two state solution: the Jewish State of Israel and a State of Palestine, existing side-by-side in peace and security. While recent peace talks have not moved forward, violence on Israel’s borders from ISIS and Hamas continue to grow stronger. Foreign assistance is an important tool the United States uses to support its allies, assist developing nations, and protect national interests abroad. The U.S.-Israel relationship is built upon a firm foundation. For the last decade, the United States has provided an average of $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel annually. This agreement expires in 2018, and negotiations already are underway to forge a new one.
How would you characterize the U.S.-Israel alliance, and what role should that relationship play in U.S. Middle East policy? How would you respond if BDS legislation came before you for consideration? What role should the United States play in the Israeli- Palestinian peace process?