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Discovery Institute

Springtime for Israel

How Israel's Rise Reshapes Mideast Geopolitics

Please join us on Thursday, June 20 for a captivating discussion on the current state of Middle East geopolitics, as Israel prepares for a new election, and how it will affect the United States with Discovery Senior Fellow and foreign policy expert John Wohlstetter.

President Trump’s first year saw the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War–and also of the U.S.-Israel alliance. His second saw the 70th anniversary of Israel’s 1948 birth as a Jewish state, and the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Oslo Accords. In his third year President Trump formally recognized Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights.

There may be some changes afoot in the Middle East. As Sunni states in the region ally against Iran, they have also become increasingly intertwined in the Israeli economy; the current administration in the White House is far more pro-Israel than the previous one; and the Israeli elections earlier this year suggest that both Israel’s leaders and voters are committed to a more hard line approach towards the Palestinian conflict as a result of the Palestinian Authority’s and Hamas’s unwillingness to negotiate.

Many of these developments have been made possible by Israel’s rise as a global power. The result of the 2020 presidential elections could prove crucial to the status of an Israeli-American relationship that has been mutually beneficial for both countries.

A reception with light refreshments will begin at 4:30 before the program begins at 5:15.

Parking is available in nearby garages, including the Millennium Tower garage at 715 2nd Ave. The Discovery Institute entrance is located on Columbia Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 4:30 PM
Doors Open at 4:15 for Check-in


Discovery Institute
208 Columbia Street
Seattle, WA 98104


Contact Jackson Meyer at or 206-826-5534


Admission is $10 and registration is required.


John Wohlstetter

Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute
John C. Wohlstetter is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute (beg. 2001) and the Gold Institute for International Strategy (beg. 2021). His primary areas of expertise are national security and foreign policy, and the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is author of Sleepwalking With The Bomb (2nd ed. 2014), and The Long War Ahead and The Short War Upon Us (2008). He was founder and editor of the issues blog Letter From The Capitol (2005-2015). His articles have been published by The American Spectator, National Review Online, Wall Street Journal, Human Events, Daily Caller, PJ Media, Washington Times and others. He is an amateur concert pianist, residing in Charleston, South Carolina.