EMET Newsletter—November 19, 2021

Volume 14, Issue 32
“There are many, many officers and commanders in reserve who are very worried about Israel’s national security for the long term, for generations to come. We ask a very basic question, which for some reason has not been asked at all: What is needed to secure Israel and to make sure that it will prosper for generations to come? …For a nation that has been expelled from its land twice, and has spent 2,000 years in the diaspora, it must be a very serious question… This time, [we are] here to stay for eternity. ”
—IDF Brig. Gen. Amir Avivi in EMET’s Nov. 17 webinar
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Saudi-Iranian Negotiations Will Not Lead to Regional Rapprochement

By Hussein Aboubakr Mansour | November 19, 2021

As a new wave of unrest in Lebanon, Iraq and Sudan signals that the Middle East will keep coming back to knock on the White House’s doors, news about successful rounds of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran have observers wondering if rapprochement between the two rivals is possible. Despite the positive remarks from both sides, the recent Gulf lash back against Lebanon indicates the confrontation is deepening. This means the Saudi Iranian negotiations are not about trying to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf and on Saudi southern borders.

After concluding several rounds of talks, both between Saudi Arabia and Iran expressed their satisfaction and anticipation of more dialogue. The exchange of diplomatic pleasantries and public optimism should not obfuscate the growing undercurrents of tensions in the region coupled with the current uncertainty around the negotiations of the JCPOA 2.0 in Vienna and the talk of US officials about alternative plans.

Read the full article here.

Press Release
(November 18, 2021, Washington, DC) EMET offers our wholehearted support for House Republicans David Kustoff (TN-08), Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and Lee Zeldin (NY-01) for their introduction yesterday of the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021 with 110 original co-sponsors.

These bills are critical in light of the Biden administration’s proposal to open a consulate in eastern Jerusalem to serve the Palestinians, to which even some Democrats have objected. EMET calls upon these Democrats to show leadership in their party by signing on to their respective bills as well.

Read more here.

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Jew-hatred is systemic across powerful institutions. It doesn’t only exist among far-left radicals on college campuses, like the thugs who attacked Israeli Ambassador to the UK Tzipi Hotovely at the London School of Economics this week. Jew-hatred also exists at the center of the United Nations.

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For far too long, bigotry against Jews has been spread through the United Nations, under the guise of peace and human rights. This must end.

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About the speaker: John Hannah is a Senior Fellow at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy.Hannah served in senior foreign policy positions for both Democratic and Republican administrations, including as former Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Security Advisor from 2005-2009 and as Vice President Cheney’s Deputy National Security Advisor for the Middle East from 2001-2005. Previously, he also served as a senior advisor to Secretary of State Warren Christopher during the Bill Clinton administration, and as a senior member of Secretary of State James A. Baker’s Policy Planning Staff during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.

Outside of government, Hannah was Senior Counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and a lawyer practicing in the area of international dispute resolution. Hannah received his BA from Duke University, his JD from the Yale Law School, and did graduate work in international relations at Stanford University.