US Presidents and Israel, 1948-2018: An Historical Record

Facilitator: Dr. Robert O. Freedman is Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University and is currently Visiting Professor of Political science at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches courses on the Arab- Israeli Conflict and on Russian Foreign Policy. He is the author of seven books on Soviet and Russian foreign policy. Dr. Freedman received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Diplomatic History and his MA and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in the field of International Relations.

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, US-Israeli relations have come a long way. In 1948, while US President Harry Truman was supportive of Israel, his Secretary of State, George Marshall, and his Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, opposed not only the recognition of Israel but also economic and military support for the newly proclaimed Jewish State. It was considered to be a security liability for the United States. By 2018, the situation had fundamentally changed. President Donald Trump is an enthusiastic supporter of Israel, and so too are his Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. Israel gets $3.8 billion in annual military support from the United States. This course will evaluate the ups and downs of the US-Israeli relationship since 1948 and will speculate about the nature of the US-Israeli relationship in the aftermath of the Trump Presidency.

Fee: $45 Beth El Congregation member, $55 non-member *registration required

Two sessions (Thursday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 24) - 1.5 hours each.

For further information and to register, please contact Ellen Marks at [email protected] or 410-580-5166.

Location: Agus Library