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Should Israel Join NATO?

The Transatlantic Alliance as a Custodian for Middle East Peace

Ralf Fücks has recently suggested utilizing NATO as the de facto security guarantor between the Israelis and Palestinians and as the stabilizing force in the greater Middle East. Fücks proposes absorbing Israel into NATO and simultaneously restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, arguing that a U.S.-European alliance can both reassure Israel and secure support from Arab states to take a hard line position against an increasingly emboldened and unruly Iran. Bringing Israel into the transatlantic security compact guarantees Israeli security while offering Palestinians a political horizon for peace, and the goal of Palestinian statehood empowers Arab states with domestic credibility to align with Europe and the U.S. in making Iran a more responsible actor in the region.

Ralf Fücks has been President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 1996. In November 2006, he was re-elected for a fourth term. He was a member of the German Green Party’s Program Commission and co-authored the new party platform in spring of 2002. In 2000, the Minister for the Interior, Otto Schily, appointed him as a member of the non-partisan national commission on migration. He was editor of the book "Sind die Grünen noch zu retten?" (‘Is There a Future for the Green Party?’) and is a regular contributor to numerous newspapers and political periodicals.

Video of this event is available at right, while an MP3 audio recording can be downloaded below.



New America Foundation
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  • Ralf Fücks
    President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany
  • Daniel Levy
    Senior Fellow; Director, Middle East Initiative
  • Steve Clemons
    Senior Fellow and Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
    Publisher, www.TheWashingtonNote.com

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 9:00am - 10:30am