Past eventMembers

The Best of Times or the Worst of Times? American Attitudes Towards Israel and Implications for the Peace Process

20 January 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00

Chatham House, London


Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2010-13)
Dr Jonathan Rynhold
, Director, Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People, Bar-Ilan University; Author, The Arab-Israeli Conflict in American Political Culture
Professor Colin Shindler, Pears Senior Research Fellow in Israel Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



The panel will examine the foundations of America’s special relationship with Israel and consider whether any shifts are occurring. Jonathan Rynhold will suggest there is an ‘Israel paradox’ in American political culture– the growth of both support for Israel and controversy surrounding its policies. The speakers will explore the nature of this paradox and its implications for US policy towards the peace process, including the question of whether bipartisan support for Israel is eroding.