José María Aznar All we want is a normal and reasonable conversation about Israel. Surely, that is not too much to ask.
José María Aznar
Carlos Bustelo We need to bring reason and decency back to the discussion about the Jewish state. Anti-Israeli hysteria is simply unacceptable .
Carlos Bustelo

Opinion Articles

Endgame Scenarios

Post-Operation Protective Edge Strategic Assessment

 Beyond the operational and strategic merits and shortcomings of the Egyptian proposal, the Israeli cabinet will face a domestic challenge in articulating to the public the reasoning behind accepting the proposal.

2014-08-18 by Friends of Israel Initiative

Anti-Semitism resurged with such virulence

Israel’s struggle against infamy

 The terrible label slapped on the Jewish people is reversible. The fact that Israel, surrounded by enemies, is a society that’s stubbornly democratic, prosperous, creative, a generator of science and technology.

2014-08-10 by Carlos Alberto Montaner

Published in Gatestone Institute

Gaza’s Civilian Casualties: The Truth Is Very Different

 The reality of course is that Hamas make great efforts to segregate their military casualties to preserve the fiction that Israel is killing civilians only. There are also increasing indications that Hamas, through direct force or threat, ar

2014-08-04 by Richard Kemp

Working Papers

ADDED VALUE: Israel's Strategic Worth to the European Union and its Member States Friends of Israel Initiative

Events & Activities

01 May 2014
10 April 2014

Celebrating Twenty Years of the Middle East Forum with Daniel Pipes

What does "if Israel falls, the West falls" mean, and why President Aznar believes it so.

30 January 2014

Report Launch: Added Value: Israel’s Strategic Worth to the EU and its Member States’

The Henry Jackson Society and The Friends of Israel Initiative in Report Launch ‘Added Value: Israel’s Strategic Worth to the EU and its Member States’

SPEAKER: José María Aznar, Former Prime Minister