José María Aznar All we want is a normal and reasonable conversation about Israel. Surely, that is not too much to ask.
José María Aznar
Carlos Bustelo We need to bring reason and decency back to the discussion about the Jewish state. Anti-Israeli hysteria is simply unacceptable .
Carlos Bustelo

Opinion Articles

Operation Protective Edge Brief #5

Operation Update and Strategic Assessment

Operation Protective Edge Brief #5

In the first 48 hours of the ground operation, IDF held its ground and revealed more than 30 tunnels including both defensive and storage tunnels and offensive terror tunnels leading into Israel. The soldiers uncovered a labyrinth of tunnels dug 2

2014-07-21 by Friends of Israel Initiative

A FoII Board Member

Personal Update On Operation Protective Edge – Israel/Gaza

Richard Kemp, one of the FoII Board members is in Israel playing a key role with his military expertise.

2014-07-19 by Richard Kemp

Operation Protective Edge

Brief Update on IDF Ground Incursion into Gaza #4

At this point of time (three-to-four hours following IDF’s incursion), the real scope of the military operation remains unclear. In his statement, Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that if necessary the operation will be expanded.

2014-07-18 by Friends of Israel Initiative



Working Papers







ADDED VALUE: Israel's Strategic Worth to the European Union and its Member States Friends of Israel Initiative

Events & Activities

01 May 2014
10 April 2014

Celebrating Twenty Years of the Middle East Forum with Daniel Pipes

What does "if Israel falls, the West falls" mean, and why President Aznar believes it so.

30 January 2014

Report Launch: Added Value: Israel’s Strategic Worth to the EU and its Member States’

The Henry Jackson Society and The Friends of Israel Initiative in Report Launch ‘Added Value: Israel’s Strategic Worth to the EU and its Member States’

SPEAKER: José María Aznar, Former Prime Minister