March 22, 2019 at the National Press Club, Washington, DC

The Conference Series

The conference "The Israel Lobby and American Policy" is the latest in a series. Visit previous conference websites with archived speaker bios, transcripts, video and audio below.

Transcending the Israel Lobby at Home and Abroad 2022

Website; https://IsraelLobbyCon.org
Date: March 4, 2022
Venue: The National Press Club
Topics: How Americans are effectively working to overcome Israel lobby demands to violate international law, undermine freedom of speech, reward Israeli militarism and denigrate peaceful Palestinian aspirations. How voters  can both support and field politicians and keep them from succumbing to the lobby’s coordinated campaign contributions and constant pressure for fealty. Exploring important grassroots legislative and legal battles won by peace and justice allies, how they did it, and how you can, too.The key differences between Jewish establishment Zionism and Christian Zionism, and common misunderstandings. How to implement emerging “non-Israel-centric” regional strategies to eliminate the crippling human and financial costs of unending wars.

The Israel Lobby & American Policy 2019

TILAAPWebsite: https://israellobbyandamericanpolicy.org
Date: March 22, 2019
Venue: The National Press Club
Topics: Experts will address the following questions: How has the Israel lobby further captured key nodes of U.S. government policymaking? Why is U.S. policy so expensive, destructive and unrepresentative of the will of the American people? How are a handful of politicians now successfully running against previously unquestioned, longstanding Israel lobby platforms? What rules do reporters follow when they tell the truth about U.S. policy and the lobby? Why do U.S. presidents sign secret letters promising not to publicly discuss Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program? Why does the U.S. give more foreign aid to Israel than to any other country, and how is the makeup of that aid changing? What, if anything, does the U.S. get out of its so-called “special relationship” with Israel? How are human rights groups working to “de-Israelize” state and local governments? What is the Israel lobby doing to provoke an armed U.S. confrontation with Iran? What else is the lobby doing to improve Israel’s strategic position in the region? Why are assertions that Israel and the U.S. have “shared values” made, and are these assertions accurate?

The Israel Lobby & American Policy 2018

TILAAPWebsite: http://2018.israellobbyandamericanpolicy.org
Date: March 2, 2018
Venue: The National Press Club
Theme: Expert speakers addressed the Israel lobby’s agenda, whether the U.S. is supporting an apartheid state, how supporting Israeli violations of international law impacts the U.S., the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, Israel lobby suppression of free speech and academic freedom on campus, how and when Christian evangelicals became Zionists, Israeli societal trends, the Palestinian BDS campaign, the impact of Russian vs Israeli media and electoral influence, the trajectory of the CIA/Mossad relationship and whether the U.S. can be persuaded to attack Iran to advance Israel’s strategic position.

Israel Lobby And American Policy 2017

TILAAPWebsite: http://2017.IsraelLobbyAndAmericanPolicy.org
Date: March 24, 2017
Venue: The National Press Club
Theme: Experts spoke about US foreign aid to Israel, what has changed, legislation against BDS, overcoming the Israel lobby in Congress, a Palestinian perspective on the "peace process," the documentary film "Two Blue Lines," "strategies to push back on Hollywood stereotypes," Israel lobby funding Islamophobia, "fake" peace processing, viewing the Israel-Palestine conflict through the lens of "settler colonialism," and an undercover investigative journalism series on covert Israel/lobby operations in the UK.

IIGBAIsrael's Influence: Good or Bad for America? 2016

Website: http://IsraelsInfluence.org
Date: March 18, 2016
Venue: The National Press Club
Theme: Expert panelists and keynote speakers analyzed the enormous impact Israel’s influence has on Congress, establishment media, academia and other major institutions.

The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel? 2015

Website: http://IsraelLobbyUS.org
Date: April 10, 2015
Venue: The National Press Club
TILTheme: This unprecedented gathering focused on the Israel lobby in America. How big is it? How fast has it grown? How interconnected are the organizations and individuals? How much revenue does it raise and where does the money go? What are the common objectives of the lobby? What laws apply to lobbying to benefit a foreign government, and are they vigorously enforced? Do coordinated campaign contributions cause American policymakers to act more on behalf of Israel than the United States? What fallacies underlie the assertions that U.S. and Israeli interests are the same? What are the Israel lobby’s public and private, short-and-medium-term policy objectives? And what can Americans who do not believe pro-Israel slogans, activities and policy objectives do?