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Josh Ruebner on Palestine, Biden, and Lobbying Congress
Tue December 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Join us on December 15, at 7pm, for a talk with political expert and DC insider, Josh Ruebner. Josh is the Senior Principal at Progress Up Consulting, a government relations firm for progressive causes. He was previously Executive Director of Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel, and an analyst for the Congressional Research Service. Josh is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of the books Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, and Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State?
There are changes in the political environment with the Democrats losing seats in the House, the fate of the Senate still up in the air, and the victory of Joe Biden. With Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo exiting the White House, we are presented with an opportunity to enact changes in US foreign policy.
Groups like the Democratic Majority for Israel spent tens of millions of dollars in the last election cycle, to unseat vocally pro-Palestinian lawmakers such as Ilhan Omar, and failed. Do these developments and the electoral victories of progressives including Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman signify a change in US outlook towards Palestine/Israel? Will this impact a Biden administration?
Joe Biden has stated his intention to reenter the Iran Nuclear Deal. Will he overcome hawkish pressure and secure a deal with Iran for improved diplomatic relations? Will Congress pressure the Biden administration to reenter the JCPOA?
Congress passed bipartisan, bicameral bills to end the US support for the War in Yemen. The legislation was vetoed by President Trump. With a change in presidential administrations, can we expect an end to the War in Yemen? Join us to find out!