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2014-2015 Annual Assessment

The new Israeli government will have to navigate a complex geopolitical arena replete with dangers. Compared to the last government, the new government will likely have less ideological flexibility. Therefore, the prime minister may be left with limited maneuvering room for diplomatic initiatives to cope with rising challenges. Decisions that will be made will have a crucial effect on the future of the state and the resilience of the Jewish people. Israel must decide how it will handle the Iranian nuclear challenge, prepare for actual threats that could stem from a military escalation with Hezbollah or Hamas, and should also plan for a possible outbreak of violence in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, and should deal with the international isolation and the de-legitimization offensive and BDS campaign against Israel.

In light of all this, the need to rebuild the damaged relationship with the U.S. – Israel’s sole and significant ally – takes priority. This task will not be simple as the main issues at center stage – the nuclear agreement with Iran and the various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – have caused substantive disagreements between Jerusalem and Washington. Without decision makers’ careful attention the coming months hold the potential for an increase in tensions between the countries that could weigh heavily on the U.S. Jewish community and erode the resilience of the “Triangular Relationship” that has served as the cornerstone of Israel and the Jewish people’s strength.

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