U.S. – European Consultations on the Middle East

The U.S./Middle East Project has convened an annual U.S.-European consultation on the Middle East, bringing together representatives of the U.S. Department of State and other governmental departments and agencies dealing with the Middle East with their European counterparts to discuss U.S. and European policy in the region.

These consultations, designed to improve understanding and coordination between U.S. and European policymakers, have taken place in Paris, London, Berlin, Rome and Washington D.C., in each case hosted and co-sponsored by the respective foreign ministries.

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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