National Press Club

National Summit to Re-Assess the U.S.- Israel "Special Relationship"

National Summit to Re-Assess the U.S.- Israel "Special Relationship"

March 7, 2014 8:00 AM

Location: Ballroom

MEDIA RESERVATIONS: Grant Smith, 202-342-7325,

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.

However, the huge public backlash against Israel lobby-generated momentum for U.S. attacks on Syria and Iran indicates that Americans are concerned about the direction of U.S. foreign policy, how it is made, and those trying to make it. This historic summit will provide an in-depth, multifaceted inquiry into this critical subject matter. Panelists will include former military and diplomatic personnel, intelligence officers, scholars, economists, researchers and a variety of other subject-matter experts and authors often shut out of key discussions in public forums and news media outlets. Members of the public will be allowed to ask the key questions and network with other attendees.

Summit Speakers include:

Raymond McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990. In the 1980s he chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief

Allan C. Brownfeld is a syndicated columnist, associate editor of The Lincoln Review and the editor of Issues, the quarterly journal of the American Council for Judaism. He is a contributing editor to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Giraldi is a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues.

Paul Findley served the 20th District of Illinois during eleven terms from 1961 to 1983. Findley wrote the very first book to analyze the influence of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on American politics, policy, and institutions from the perspective of Congress.

Paul Pillar retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, in which his last position was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia. Earlier he served in a variety of analytical and managerial positions, including as chief of analytic units at the CIA covering portions of the Near East, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia.

Dr. Michael Scheuer served in both the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) and the Directorate of Operations (DO) during his 22-year career with the CIA. Dr. Scheuer held various positions including Senior Adviser for the Usama Bin Laden Department, Chief of the Southwest/Southeast Asia Counternarcotics Operation, and Chief of the Sunni Militant Unit.

James J. David is a retired Brigadier General, and a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, and the National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington DC

David George Newton a 36 year career diplomat who served as ambassador to Yemen (1994-97) and ambassador to Iraq (1984-88). Other tours included deputy chief of mission in Yemen and Syria, political counselor in Saudi Arabia, Near East division chief for intelligence .and research, and director for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and PLO affairs.

National Summit organizers are:

CNIF advocates for Middle East policies that serve the national interest; that represent the highest values of our founders and our citizens; and that work to sustain a nation of honor, decency, security and prosperity.

IAK is an independent research and information-dissemination institute with particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East, and media coverage of this issue.

IRmep is a Washington-DC based nonprofit researching U.S. Middle East policy formulation and how warranted law enforcement and civil action can improve outcomes.

WRMEA is a magazine published by the American Educational Trust focusing on news and analysis from and about the Middle East and U.S. policy in that region.


For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Grant Smith