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Israel’s Calculated Decision To Protect Abbas And The P.A. Explained

Jewish Policy Center's Shoshana Bryen discusses Israel's larger strategy and its relation to Iran's regional aspirations.

For years, Israel and the United States have promoted and protected the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, despite the P.A.’s murderous incitement against Israel and Jews and its ongoing violation of America’s Taylor Force Act, forbidding payment of “salaries” to terrorists and their families. How does that mesh with Israel’s primary obligation—to protect the citizens of Israel? Is there a larger strategy at work?

Jewish Policy Center Senior Director Shoshana Bryen joins  EMET President Sarah Stern to discuss Israel’s calculated determination to protect Abbas and the P.A.—as well as King Abdullah II of Jordan—and how that decision relates to Iran’s regional aspirations.

About our speaker: Shoshana Bryen is senior director of the Jewish Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and editor of inFOCUS Quarterly. A writer and speaker, she also hosts a webinar series that brings audiences a wide variety of topics, foreign and domestic, and conversations with academics, political figures and media commentatorsPHOTO BY JOHN ANGELILLO.GETTY IMAGES

A specialist in American defense policy and Middle East affairs, she was previously executive director and senior director for security policy at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America, where she was author of JINSA Reports. She has worked with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and lectured at the National Defense University in Washington.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Aleethia Foundation that provides opportunities for wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and of The American Jewish International Relations Institute.


Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate

Edited by Asad Ali and Saba Fatima

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