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LLL - Israel, Palestine, and American Jews

Sunday, November 4, 2018 • 26 Cheshvan 5779

11:30 AM - 1:00 PMKol Haverim Sanctuary

Jeremy Pressman, Associate Professor of Political Science and director of Middle Eastern Studies at UConn, will speak on the US-Israeli relationship, the question of Palestine, and its implications for the American Jewish Community.

Talk will begin at 11:30, following the monthly Bagel Nosh, which begins at 9:30.

The basis of the US-Israeli relationship has shifted in recent years, moving away from a bi-partisan foundation and toward a right-wing coalition. This is a natural outgrowth of the Israeli government’s stance on the question of Palestine, and to a lesser extent Iran, and has important implications for the American Jewish community.

Prof. Pressman will touch upon the Israeli rejection of Palestinian self-determination, the Iran agreement debate, Obama vs Trump, egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall, the US embassy move to Jerusalem, #IfNotNow, and other issues to suggest that the disconnect is real and probably growing wider.

BIOGRAPHY:  Jeremy Pressman is associate professor of political science and director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is co-director, with Prof. Erica Chenoweth, of the Crowd Counting Consortium at crowdcounting.org; Chenoweth and Pressman write a monthly piece in the Washington Post about protests in the United States.

Pressman’s research interests include international relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, US foreign policy in the Middle East, and political protests. He has written two books, Warring Friends: Alliance Restraint in International Politics (Cornell University Press, 2008) and Point of No Return: The Deadly Struggle for Middle East Peace, with Geoffrey Kemp (Brookings Institution Press, 1997).  His articles have appeared in Diplomatic History, International Security, International Studies Perspectives, Perspectives on Politics, Security Studies, and elsewhere. His article, “Horizontal Inequality and Violent Unrest in Jerusalem,” was published by Terrorism and Political Violence in 2018.

Pressman worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and received his PhD in political science from MIT and his BA from Brandeis University. Pressman is on twitter @djpressman.

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