April 8, 2014
Boston Public Library - Commonwealth Salon
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
Professor Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies; Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University;
Christopher Henzel, Director, Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Modern Israel's struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. has stepped in as Israel's ally due to the two countries' shared values, providing years of unparalleled military and diplomatic support. But now those ties are being tested. The Arab Spring, Iran's nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel's own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old "special relationship."