Jul 16

Past Event

The Obama Administration’s Approach to U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation

Event Materials



  • Defining U.S.-Israel Relations

    The U.S. commitment to Israel''s sovereignty and security is unwavering, Shapiro states, and regional peace must begin with the recognition that the U.S. stands with Israel no matter what.

  • Defense from Rocket Attacks

    Shapiro says the U.S. has developed a comprehensive defense system to help Israel defend itself from the rockets launched into its borders from the Gaza strip.

  • Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

    Shapiro says Iran''s potential to develop nuclear arms threatens U.S. national security and Israel''s, as well. Officials will continue to pressure Iran to lessen that possibility, he adds.


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For more than 50 years, U.S. presidents and policymakers have generally agreed that a strong and secure Israel at peace with its neighbors is vital to America’s strategic interests. Under the Obama administration, recent efforts to achieve this goal have focused on strengthening the U.S.-Israeli security relationship, both to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge and to advance prospects for a comprehensive peace.

On July 16, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro for a discussion of the state of the U.S.-Israeli security relationship, and the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to make this relationship even stronger. Assistant Secretary Shapiro highlighted recent efforts to expand defense consultations, security assistance programs, and partnerships in training, defense technology and related fields. Senior Fellow Kenneth Pollack, director of the Saban Center, provided introductory remarks. Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, moderated the discussion.

Event Agenda


July 16, 2010

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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