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

Featured Events & Activities

15 September 2010

Friends of Israel Initiative launched at US Congress as resolution is introduced in the House

The Friends of Israel Initiative continued its international launch program with a breakfast for Senators and Representatives at the United States Congress in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

The previous evening a resolution supporting the Initiative was introduced in the House of Representatives.

The breakfast was hosted by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), the original sponsors of the resolution. The bi-partisan group was also joined by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, and Ambassador John Bolton thanked the assembled members of Congress for their support and along with other attending members of the Friends of Israel Initiative board -- Andrew Roberts, Roberto Agostinelli and Carlos Bustelo -- were each handed a blue, leather bound copy of the Congressional resolution.

Mr. Aznar also took the opportunity to announce that former Czech President and one time dissident playwright Vaclav Havel had become the latest world figure to join up with the Initiative.

The resolution itself is H.Con Res. 315 "Recognizing the formation and supporting the objectives of the Friends of Israel Initiative." It calls on Congress to recognize the formation of the Initiative, to affirm its goals as laid down in its mission statement as well as reaffirming Congress’s "enduring bipartisan support" for the US-Israeli relationship and for Israel’s right to exist as a secure and democratic Jewish state.

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

06 November 2013

President Aznar’s remarks to Keren Hayesod

Keren Hayesod remarks, at Royal Tapestries Factory in Madrid, November 6th 2013

05 April 2013

FoII Annual Board Meeting

 Miami, April 3 - 5 2013

18 March 2013

Nobel Peace Laureate Tells U.N. Council: ‘Your inquiry is wrong, your report undermines peace, stop the selectivity against Israel’

 GENEVA, March 18, 2013 - Nobel Peace Laureate David Trimble, member of the British House of Lords, took the floor this morning at the UN Human Rights Council—in a debate with its commission of inquiry into Israeli settlements—to

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