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ENRICH-0530 – Curr Iss: US And Israel  (ENRICH-0530_USIS)

U.S.-Israeli Relations Under the Biden Administration

While it’s true that U.S.-Israeli relations have been close for most of the previous half-century, those relations grew even closer during the Trump administration. Perhaps most notably, by moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the administration retroactively recognized Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967. Other actions, such as recognizing Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, facilitating the normalization of Israeli relations with key states in the Arab world and cutting off aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides financial and material assistance to Palestinian refugees, also demonstrated the administration's support of key Israeli objectives. What do these momentous decisions mean for U.S.-Israeli relations going forward? Join Jonathan Sciarcon, associate professor of history and Judaic studies, as he answers that question and many others: How has the Trump legacy in U.S.-Israeli relations impacted the Biden administration’s policies in the region? To what extent have Trump administration policies created a new permanent reality for U.S.-Israeli relations? What role will domestic, ethnic or religious constituencies in the U.S. play in helping formulate U.S. policy towards Israel and the Palestinians? And, is Israel as important as it used to be to U.S. policy in the Middle East now that the U.S. is attempting to pivot away from the region and is less reliant on foreign oil than it was a decade ago? Probing questions, along with enlightening answers and discussions, await you.

Two Zoom sessions
Mon., Oct. 18, 25, 2021, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Jonathan Sciarcon, associate professor of history and Judaic studies at the University of Denver, specializes in the history of the modern Middle East with an emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His other courses include History of Israel/Palestine; U.S.-Israeli Relations, 1948-Present; American Christians and Israel; and American Jews, Israel and Zionism.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 22Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $70


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday18th October 202125th October 202106:30PM - 08:30PMN/AJonathan Sciarcon