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SAT: US Policy Toward Israel at a Turning Point via Zoom

September 16, 2023 @ 11:00 AM 12:30 PM

The perception of Israel in the United States, in virtually every corner except the halls of Congress, has undergone a radical transformation in 2023. Ongoing and escalating violence by settlers, while not new, has reached unprecedented heights and the involvement of Israeli military and security forces in those attacks has gotten more exposure than ever before. Israel’s own radically right-wing government has escalated military attacks as well, with the attack on Jenin in June highlighting a growing understanding that Israel is, at best, disregarding Palestinian lives. Yet despite Israel’s escalating violence and its de facto annexation of much of the West Bank, mainstream congressional Democrats have doubled down on their support for Israel while the Biden administration has accelerated efforts to broker a normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Mitchell Plitnick will discuss the implications of all of these factors and how they are connected.

Mitchell Plitnick, a political analyst and writer, is the president of ReThinking Foreign Policy. He is the author, with Marc Lamont Hill, of Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics.