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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Allison Kaplan Sommer – TRUMP, NETANYAHU AND THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS: HOW THE CAMPAIGN AND RESULTS WILL AFFECT THE US-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP

Allison Kaplan Sommer, Journalist

The mantra of American supporters of Israel has always included the word “bipartisan.” Traditionally, Israeli leaders over the decades have worked hard to cultivate friends on both sides of the aisle to ensure that economic, military and political support for the Jewish state remains rock-solid. In turn, both Republican and Democratic leaders have bent over backwards to outdo one another in declarations of support for Israel to win key voter groups and major political donors. But as extreme partisanship has utterly transformed politics in the Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu era, the old rules of the U.S.-Israel relationship no longer apply. How has that affected the 2018 midterm campaign? And how might the results transform the relationship even further?

Allison Kaplan Sommer has been living and working as a journalist in Israel since 1993 and has been a staff writer at Haaretz since 2012. She is the former Washington DC correspondent, feature writer and critic for the Jerusalem Post, and has written on a freelance basis for numerous U.S. publications, including the New Republic, Politico, The Forward and the New York Daily News. Originally from Rhode Island, she earned her B.A. in English and Theater at Wesleyan University and her M.A. from the Columbia School of Journalism. In 2016, she received the 2016 B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism and in 2017, she received Simon Rockower Award for Journalistic Excellence. In Fall 2017, she was the Arnold Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston.

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5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
110 Boalt Berkeley Law


 

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