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
George Weigel Attempts to delegitimate the State of Israel are an outrage and ought to offend anyone of a democratic disposition, no matter what one may think of this or that Israeli policy. Enough mindless bias is enough.
George Weigel

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.

02 June 2015

Iran and the Middle East after the Nuclear Agreement

June 2-3, Madrid

FOII gathered top experts to debate on the Middle East after the Nuclear Deal.

04 September 2014
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

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