Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett – who came to power in June after the uninterrupted twelve-year tenure of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – is virtually unknown on the global stage. Prime Minister Bennett, however, is moving through this uncharted territory ambitiously. As the head of an unlikely coalition of ideological opposites that emerged from the crucible of four rapid-fire Israeli elections in under two years, Bennett is showing signs of metamorphosis from impetuous upstart to mature statesman.
A new issue brief by Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Shalom Lipner examines the viability of the ruling coalition created by Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Israel’s alternate prime minster who is slated to rotate with Bennett in August 2023. Lipner’s new Issue Brief makes the argument for the transformative potential of Team Bennett-Lapid – despite the new government’s limited goals, which correspond to areas of broad consensus among disparate components of the new parliamentary majority – to improve Israel’s domestic politics and foreign relations.
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MENASource Mar 9, 2021
US, Israel, and GCC perspectives on China-MENA relations
By Jonathan Fulton, Eyal Propper, and Ahmed Fahmy
The Abraham Accords signed between the UAE and Bahrain and Israel consolidates the US-led regional alliance. However, they also underscore prospects for closer China-Gulf-Israel cooperation in the economic, trade, and technological spheres.
MENASource Feb 1, 2021
How President Biden can tackle the Middle East’s biggest problems
By Kirsten Fontenrose, Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, and Udi Dekel
In a first project of trilateral collaboration, the directors and strategists from leading think tanks in the US, the UAE, and Israel have submitted nine recommendations on issues that deserve priority treatment from the new administration.
Press Release Oct 15, 2020
The Atlantic Council, Emirates Policy Center, and Institute for National Security Studies announce strategic partnership to advance UAE-Israel relations
October 15, 2020 — The August 2020 announcement of the Abraham Accords marked a historic moment for relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement is a significant and exciting accomplishment. In addition to normalizing relations, the UAE and Israel have opened the door for cooperation and collaboration across economic, political, and security […]
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