A Co-sponsored Event

Gil Troy

A History of US-Israel Relations as Seen Through the Oval Office

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 11:30 AM -12:30 PM

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Free of charge, reservations required, space limited

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About the Program:

As Barack Obama ends his term as president, critics are saying that relations with Israel were never so rocky -- except when they were. This lecture looks at the ups and downs of the special US-Israel relationship, telling the story through the defining relationship between the changing presidents and prime ministers. The story is one of a remarkable friendship, a deep alliance of shared values and shared interests, that nevertheless has had its strains. This lecture will chronicle Harry Truman's recognition of the State of Israel, Richard Nixon's airlift during the Yom Kippur War followed by Henry Kissinger's Shuttle Diplomacy, Gerald Ford's reassessment, Jimmy Carter's Camp David breakthrough, Bill Clinton's marathon Oslo negotiations, all the way to the Netanyahu- Obama power struggles. The lecture will end with some thoughts about the fundamentals that define the relationship -- and the prospects of improvement in the new administration.

About the Speaker:

Gil Troy is the author of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s, published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press in October 2015. In 2012, he edited and updated the classic multi-volume History of American Presidential Campaigns, originally edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and Fred Israel. His most recent book, Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight against Zionism as Racism, looking at the fall of the UN and the Rise of Reagan was published by Oxford University Press.

Troy has been widely published and quoted in the American, Canadian, and Israeli media, including writing nine essays for the New York Times' feature "Campaign Stops" in the 2012 campaign. He writes a weekly column for the Daily Beast on Forgotten American History, putting current events in historical perspective, as well as a weekly column for the Jerusalem Post often republished in the Huffington Post. He also blogs regularly at the History News Network (www.hnn.us), and has been published in the Wilson Quarterly, the Washington Post, the Montreal Gazette, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and The New Republic, among other publications. From 2012 to 2013 he was Editor-at-Large at Open Zion of the Daily Beast. A history professor at McGill University since 1990, Maclean's Magazine has repeatedly identified him as one of McGill's "Popular Profs" and History News Network designated him one of its first "Top Young Historians".

About the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum:

The Nixon Presidential Library recently reopened the museum after a $15 million redesign of the permanent gallery. Guests can now experience a state-of-the-art learning environment that inspires critical thinking about the life and career of our 37th president and his era.

A notable interactive, "Tough Choices," provides visitors the opportunity to evaluate guidance from key advisors related to three policy areas President Nixon faced, one of which includes the U.S. aid to Israel for the Yom Kippur War. I n the new gallery, guests can explore Nixon's goals and achievements in the Middle East as well as how his policies in the region remain relevant today. Statues of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, from the Library's previous exhibits, are displayed here. Timed for Dr. Gil Troy's talk, the Library will also present a temporary display that highlights archival materials focused on President Nixon's relationship with Israel and Prime Minister Golda Meir.

Supported by a grant from the Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is one of thirteen Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. It is open year round with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible. For more information about museum visitor hours and researcher hours, call 714-983-9120 or go to www.nixonlibrary.gov .

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886