International Board Missions

The International Board of the U.S./Middle East Project regularly undertakes visits and consultations with Middle Eastern and European heads of state and with leaders of their business communities and civil society. Recent missions visited with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, King Abdullah of Jordan, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The subject of these encounters has been Middle East peacemaking, regional economic development, democracy and reform.

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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