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The Current State of U.S.-Israel Relations - TIP Briefing on Capitol Hill

Advisers to the Obama and Romney campaigns sparred Monday about the American response to the Iranian threat and the U.S.-Israel relationship at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by The Israel Project.

The event also featured Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel to the United States Barukh Binah, a panel of notable pundits and longtime Middle East analyst Aaron David Miller.

Featured Speakers:

Barukh Binah
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel to the United States


Ambassador Barukh Binah has recently assumed his duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. From 2008 to January 2012 he had served as the Deputy Director General for North America at the Ministry of Foreign in Jerusalem. He had previously served as Israel's Consul General to the Midwest, based in Chicago (2005-2008).

A member of Israel's Foreign Service since 1979, he has held various positions in diplomacy, research, policy planning, and media relations. In 1985, he was appointed Israel's Spokesman and Press Officer in New York. In 1992, he was assigned to Washington, D.C. as Counselor for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Israel. He later became the Embassy's Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs.

Ambassador Binah's assignments in Jerusalem included Director of the Press Division and Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry; Director of Consulates and of Congressional Affairs; Head of the International Affairs Bureau in the Center for Political Research and Controller of Research Quality ("Devil's Advocate"). He also served as an analyst and a research officer in the IDF.

Barukh Binah holds degrees, with honors, in History, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and Strategic Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Haifa University and Israel's National Defense College. He had served as the Secretary of the Israel Oriental Society and contributed to literary periodicals.

Eleanor Clift
Editor, Newsweek


Eleanor Clift is a political reporter, television pundit and author. She is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. Her column, "Capitol Letter" is posted each week on theNewsweek and MSNBC websites. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group. She is also a political contributor for the Fox News Channel. 

Clift is a Board Member at the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).

Advisers to the Obama and Romney campaigns sparred Monday about the American response to the Iranian threat and the U.S.-Israel relationship at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by The Israel Project.

The event also featured Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel to the United States Barukh Binah, a panel of notable pundits and longtime Middle East analyst Aaron David Miller.

Featured Speakers:

Barukh Binah
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel to the United States


Ambassador Barukh Binah has recently assumed his duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. From 2008 to January 2012 he had served as the Deputy Director General for North America at the Ministry of Foreign in Jerusalem. He had previously served as Israel's Consul General to the Midwest, based in Chicago (2005-2008).

A member of Israel's Foreign Service since 1979, he has held various positions in diplomacy, research, policy planning, and media relations. In 1985, he was appointed Israel's Spokesman and Press Officer in New York. In 1992, he was assigned to Washington, D.C. as Counselor for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Israel. He later became the Embassy's Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs.

Ambassador Binah's assignments in Jerusalem included Director of the Press Division and Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry; Director of Consulates and of Congressional Affairs; Head of the International Affairs Bureau in the Center for Political Research and Controller of Research Quality ("Devil's Advocate"). He also served as an analyst and a research officer in the IDF.

Barukh Binah holds degrees, with honors, in History, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and Strategic Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Haifa University and Israel's National Defense College. He had served as the Secretary of the Israel Oriental Society and contributed to literary periodicals. 

Eleanor Clift
Editor, Newsweek


Eleanor Clift is a political reporter, television pundit and author. She is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. Her column, "Capitol Letter" is posted each week on theNewsweek and MSNBC websites. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group. She is also a political contributor for the Fox News Channel. 

Clift is a Board Member at the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).

William Kristol
Editor, The Weekly Standard 


William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard, which, together with Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, he founded in 1995. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.Before starting The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future. Prior to that, Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. 

Mary Beth Long 
Co-chair of the Romney campaign's Middle East/North Africa policy working group


The Romney campaign will be represented by Mary Beth Long, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and co-chair of the campaign's Middle East/North Africa policy working group. Long joined the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1986, working there until 1999. She became Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in August 2005 through 2007. In 2007, President George W. Bush nominated Long to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, a position she held until 2009. Currently, she is a senior vice president with NeuralIQ Government Services, a firm focused on internet security.

Aaron David Miller
Middle East Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center


Aaron David Miller became a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in January 2006, where he wrote his fourth book: The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, Bantam, 2008. His other books include The Arab States and the Palestine Question: Between Ideology and Self Interest, The PLO and the politics of Survival, and The Search for Security, Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy. 

For the prior two decades, he served at the Department of State as an advisor to six secretaries of state, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations. He also served as the Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations, Senior Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He has received the department's Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards. 

Mr. Miller received his Ph.D. in American Diplomatic and Middle East History from the University of Michigan in 1977 and joined the State Department the following year. During 1982 and 1983, he was a Council on Foreign Relations fellow and a resident scholar at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 1984 he served a temporary tour at the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Miller served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. After leaving the state department, Mr. Miller served as president of Seeds of Peace from January 2003 until January 2006. Seeds of Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence (www.seedsofpeace.org). 

His media and speaking appearances include CNN (including "American Morning," "Wolf Blitzer Reports,") "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer," FOX News, "The NBC Nightly News," "CBS Evening News," National Public Radio, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Al Arabiya, and Al Jazeera. Mr. Miller has also been a featured presenter for the World Economic Forum in Davos and Amman, Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, The City Club of Cleveland, Chatham House, and The International Institute for Strategic Studies. His articles have appeared in newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald Tribune. 
 

Advisers to the Obama and Romney campaigns sparred Monday about the American response to the Iranian threat and the U.S.-Israel relationship at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by The Israel Project.


The event also featured Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel to the United States Barukh Binah, a panel of notable pundits and longtime Middle East analyst Aaron David Miller.

Featured Speakers:

Barukh Binah
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel to the United States


Ambassador Barukh Binah has recently assumed his duties as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. From 2008 to January 2012 he had served as the Deputy Director General for North America at the Ministry of Foreign in Jerusalem. He had previously served as Israel's Consul General to the Midwest, based in Chicago (2005-2008).

A member of Israel's Foreign Service since 1979, he has held various positions in diplomacy, research, policy planning, and media relations. In 1985, he was appointed Israel's Spokesman and Press Officer in New York. In 1992, he was assigned to Washington, D.C. as Counselor for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Israel. He later became the Embassy's Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs.

Ambassador Binah's assignments in Jerusalem included Director of the Press Division and Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry; Director of Consulates and of Congressional Affairs; Head of the International Affairs Bureau in the Center for Political Research and Controller of Research Quality ("Devil's Advocate"). He also served as an analyst and a research officer in the IDF.

Barukh Binah holds degrees, with honors, in History, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and Strategic Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Haifa University and Israel's National Defense College. He had served as the Secretary of the Israel Oriental Society and contributed to literary periodicals. 
 
Eleanor Clift
Editor, Newsweek


Eleanor Clift is a political reporter, television pundit and author. She is currently a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine. Her column, "Capitol Letter" is posted each week on theNewsweek and MSNBC websites. She is a regular panelist on the nationally syndicated show The McLaughlin Group. She is also a political contributor for the Fox News Channel. 

Clift is a Board Member at the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).
 
William Kristol
Editor, The Weekly Standard 


William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard, which, together with Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, he founded in 1995. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.Before starting The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future. Prior to that, Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. 
 
Mary Beth Long 
Co-chair of the Romney campaign's Middle East/North Africa policy working group


The Romney campaign will be represented by Mary Beth Long, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and co-chair of the campaign's Middle East/North Africa policy working group. Long joined the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1986, working there until 1999. She became Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in August 2005 through 2007. In 2007, President George W. Bush nominated Long to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, a position she held until 2009. Currently, she is a senior vice president with NeuralIQ Government Services, a firm focused on internet security.

Aaron David Miller
Middle East Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center


Aaron David Miller became a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in January 2006, where he wrote his fourth book: The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, Bantam, 2008. His other books include The Arab States and the Palestine Question: Between Ideology and Self Interest, The PLO and the politics of Survival, and The Search for Security, Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy. 

For the prior two decades, he served at the Department of State as an advisor to six secretaries of state, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations. He also served as the Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations, Senior Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He has received the department's Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards. 

Mr. Miller received his Ph.D. in American Diplomatic and Middle East History from the University of Michigan in 1977 and joined the State Department the following year. During 1982 and 1983, he was a Council on Foreign Relations fellow and a resident scholar at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 1984 he served a temporary tour at the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Miller served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. After leaving the state department, Mr. Miller served as president of Seeds of Peace from January 2003 until January 2006. Seeds of Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence (www.seedsofpeace.org). 

His media and speaking appearances include CNN (including "American Morning," "Wolf Blitzer Reports,") "The Newshour with Jim Lehrer," FOX News, "The NBC Nightly News," "CBS Evening News," National Public Radio, the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Al Arabiya, and Al Jazeera. Mr. Miller has also been a featured presenter for the World Economic Forum in Davos and Amman, Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, The City Club of Cleveland, Chatham House, and The International Institute for Strategic Studies. His articles have appeared in newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald Tribune. 
 
Clarence Page
Editor, The Chicago Tribune 


Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, is a columnist syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services and a member of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board. Page, who has won numerous national journalism awards, is also a regular contributor of essays toThe News Hour with Jim Lehrer and has been a regular on The McLaughlin Group, NBC's The Chris Matthews Show, ABC' Nightline and BET's Lead Story news panel programs.

Robert Wexler
President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace; Foreign Policy Advisor, Obama 2012 Campaign


Representing President Obama at our event is former Rep. Robert Wexler, president of the Washington-based S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Wexler served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Florida's 19th congressional district from 1997 until January 2010 serving on the House Judiciary committee during his time in Congress. Wexler was named one of the "50 Most Effective Legislators in Congress" by Congressional Quarterly and in 2008 was named to the Forward 50 list as one of the most influential leaders in the American Jewish community. In 2008, Congressman Wexler served as an advisor on Middle East and Israel issues to President Barack Obama during his presidential campaign. 

Journalist Panel 
Featuring: Clarence Page, Eleanor Clift and William Kristol
 
WHEN
June 18, 2012 at 12pm - 2:30pm

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