Washington, DC - March 7, 2014 8AM-5PM at the National Press Club


"..a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."

-George Washington, Farewell Address




National Summit in the News


May 12, 2014 - Newsweek’s anti-Israel canard

...One look at Pillar’s past articles, publications and speeches puts the Newsweek screed in proper context. Pillar is a rabid Israel basher. In March 2014, he spoke at the so-called “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship’” where he attacked Israel on everything from its defensive military operations in Gaza to its concern over Iran’s procurement of nuclear weapons. He even attempted to downplay Iran’s threat to wipe Israel off the map claiming that it was a mere mistranslation.

May 2014 - National Summit Reaches Large Audience Despite Media Silence, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

More than 300 attendees gathered from all over the country, and as far away as Japan. Extra chairs had to be provided to accommodate an overflow audience, which exceeded all expectations. For more than a year, Washington Report staff worked alongside the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep), the Council for the National Interest (CNI) and If Americans Knew (IAK) to assemble an array of experts who have been unsparing critics of the Israel lobby’s influence over U.S. policymaking. Even seasoned U.S.-Middle East foreign policy experts were startled to learn the extent of the damage the U.S. “special relationship” with Israel has caused to American security and prestige. More

April 3, 2014 - U.S. Israel Ties, The Jerusalem Post

All eight hours of the conference [National Summit] were broadcast on C-SPAN. Speaker after speaker claimed that a “Jewish lobby” was manipulating US foreign policy in the Middle East against US interests. One of them was Stephen Walt, the Harvard professor and co-author of the infamous The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy who called on participants to work to end US’s unique relationship with Israel. More

March 28, 2014 - America's Diplomatic Double Standard With Palestine-Israel Exposed, Final Call

Just two weeks earlier however, an unprecedented, but fledgling effort had convened in Washington by a cadre of former U.S. political, diplomatic and military leaders to try to tamp down the affect of 60 years of growing U.S. financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel. Despite the confab of dozens of scholars and hundreds of participants, this country continues to exert enormous pressure on the Palestinians to concede to Israeli terms to win a peace settlement. More

March 21, 2014 - Zionist Power, Dissident Voice

This month, campaigner for Palestinian rights Alison Weir has scored a double against the Israel Lobby. The first goal was organizing the first-ever National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship’. A summary of this conference by Harry Clark can be found Dissident Voice. More

March 17, 2014 A National Summit: All About Israel, OpEdNews

The speakers did not disappoint; each was informative and spoke eloquently, with conviction, and credibly. The entire eight hours were captivating and the writer never became restless while watching the video. More

March 15, 2014 Ending the Passionate Attachment: Allies in the Medieval-Modern Struggle, Dissident Voice

No agents of Israel have ever been embarrassed by boasting of Israel’s power in the US, or by demanding loans and aid. The protestations of American diplomats at Israel’s aggrandizement and damage to US interests have embarrassed them, not  the pro-Israel party, which has gone from strength to strength until quite recently.

This has produced a loose establishment diaspora of US diplomats, military and intelligence officers, politicians, academics and journalists critical of the US-Israel relationship, in Washington and elsewhere. More

March 12, 2014 Anti-Israel Conference Broadcast Live on CSPAN Features Anti-Semitism, Anti-Defamation League blog
An event held last Friday at the National Press Club and broad­cast live on C-SPAN 3 focusing on the U.S.-Israel relationship featured a number of virulently anti-Israel speakers who made conspiratorial claims about Zionism, the influence of the “Israel Lobby” and much more. More
March 12, 2014 "Summit to Reassess the U.S. – Israel ‘Special Relationship” Held at National Press Club, C-Span Re-Broadcasts

A first-ever conference called the “National Summit to Reassess the U.S. – Israel ‘Special Relationship’” was held at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C. on Friday, and the event is now being re-broadcast on C-Span.

The conference echoed many of the controversial themes of the Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer book on ‘The Israel Lobby.’ Walt was a speaker on one of its panels.

Summit News Releases
March 4, 2014 National Summit examines tightly held beliefs about Israel on March 7
The March 7 National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" at the National Press Club ballroom will present the following panel presentations: More
February 10, 2014 - Top Experts Reassess the U.S.- Israel "Special Relationship" at the National Press Club on March 7

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The March 7 National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" at the National Press Club will present the following experts: 


Former Congressman Paul Findley is the author of the groundbreaking book They Dare to Speak out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby. Findley will discuss how the lobby shapes important U.S. foreign policies and influences elections.


Stephen Walt, co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, will deliver an update on what his groundbreaking 2007 book left out. 


Historian Geoffrey Wawro will describe surprising findings from his 2010 book Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East, and how its publication impacted his career. More

January 15, 2014 - National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" in Washington on March 7

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ America's first National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" will be held in the ballroom of the National Press Club on March 7 in Washington, DC.

U.S. financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israel has grown significantly and steadily throughout the past 60 years and now dwarfs annual American foreign assistance to all other nations. Research indicates the U.S.-Israel "special relationship" is a major factor in foreign hostility towards Americans. Some experts suggest that Israel has been central to U.S. wars in the Middle East. More



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