December 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
As the United States gears up for the 2016 presidential race, Americans seem increasingly polarized on issues related to the Middle East, including whether and how to resolve perceived tensions between Israel and the United States. Republican candidates profess support for Israel at almost every opportunity, seeking to capitalize on an apparent partisan gap in support for Israel among the American public. The Israeli prime minister seemingly played into this gap in his fierce opposition to President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal earlier this year. His visit to Washington in November was largely an attempt to overcome this partisan legacy. What is driving these political cleavages, and how are they evolving as the presidential campaign heats up?
On December 4, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will launch a new public opinion poll by Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor at the University of Maryland and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Brookings, focusing on American attitudes towards the Middle East. Based on a national sample, the poll also includes a substantial sample of Evangelical Christians—enabling an expansive analysis of this increasingly important segment of the American electorate.
Telhami will be joined in discussion by Washington Post Reporter Michelle Boorstein and POLITICO Editor Susan Glasser. Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the panel. Following the discussion, the panelists will take audience questions.