The Israel-Hamas War and U.S. Policy: An Update

Source The Washington Institute



Media – Since the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack, President Biden has projected profound sympathy and support for Israel in his public remarks and ordered substantial U.S. forces to the region to deter threats by the group’s supporters in Tehran, Damascus, and Beirut. At the same time, the message from the White House includes a stern warning about avoiding civilian casualties in the push against Hamas’s leadership, as well as a signal that any military operation should have a clear political objective. To discuss the strategic, political, and military aspects of U.S. policy toward the growing crisis, The Washington Institute held a virtual Policy Forum on October 18, 2023 with:

David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and director, Koret Project on Arab-Israel Relations, The Washington Institute

Zohar Palti, the Institute’s Viterbi International Fellow and former head of the Israeli Defense Ministry’s Policy and Political-Military Bureau

Grant Rumley, the Goldberger Fellow in the Institute’s Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation Program on Great Power Competition and the Middle East; former Pentagon official on Middle East policy

Neomi Neumann, a visiting fellow at the Institute and former head of the research unit at the Israel Security Agency/Shin Bet Ghaith al-Omari, the Institute’s Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Senior Fellow and former advisor to the Palestinian Authority.

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