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Henry Siegman
Henry Siegman is president of the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP) which was part of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) from 1994 until 2006, at which time it was established as an independent policy institute.

Mr. Siegman is also a non-resident research professor at the Sir Joseph Hotung Middle East Program of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

In the more than thirty years of his involvement in the Middle East peace process, Mr. Siegman has published extensively on the subject and has been consulted by governments, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations involved in the peace process.

Mr. Siegman has authored several hundred articles and op-ed pieces that have appeared in editorial pages in the United States and throughout the world, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Al Ahram, Al Hayat, Le Monde and the Financial Times. His articles have also appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, Middle East Journal, Commentary, Current Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Nation, and the London Review of Books.

Major studies directed by Mr. Siegman at the CFR, where he served as a Senior Fellow on the Middle East for fourteen years, included “Harnessing Trade for Development and Growth in the Middle East” (2002); “Strengthening Palestinian Public Institutions,” (1999) conducted on behalf of the European Commission and the government of Norway, and a CFR Independent Task Force report “U.S. Middle East Policy and the Peace Process.” In 2002, he directed a study commissioned by the U.S. Department of State and the National Intelligence Council on the implications of “viability” for Palestinian statehood.

Prior to 1993, Mr. Siegman served as Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress for 16 years, and as general secretary of the American Association of Middle East Studies and editor of its quarterly Middle East Studies. He was a Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Mr. Siegman served as a commissioned officer in the US Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star medal for service in Korea.

Mr. Siegman’s areas of specialization include Arab-Israel relations, the Middle East peace process, U.S. Middle East policy, interreligious relations, and the American Jewish community.

Blog Entries by Henry Siegman

Can Kerry Rescue a Two-State Peace Accord?

(221) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:27 PM

If the purpose of President Barack Obama's visit to Israel was to dispel the view held by most Israelis, and by rightwing American Jewish supporters of AIPAC and the Likud's annexationist policies, that he is hostile to Israel and to the Zionist enterprise, it must be judged a brilliant success....

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Senator Hagel, Senator Graham, and the Israel Lobby

(96) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Of the many controversial statements made by Senator Chuck Hagel over the years, none seemed to enrage Senator Lindsey Graham more than his remark that the Israel lobby intimidates U.S. Congressmen into advocating "stupid" policies. He challenged Hagel to name one such senator and to identify one such stupid policy.

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Preventing 'Politicide' in the Middle East

(247) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 1:27 PM

The bilateral peace process that the U.S. has doggedly sought to insulate from outside "interference" is not only an empty exercise but has served to provide Israel with cover for its settlement project. From its outset the goal of this project has been to subvert Palestinian statehood, a goal from...

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Elliott Abrams' Complaint

(66) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 6:39 PM

Following President Barack Obama's May 19 speech on the Middle East at the Department of State, The New York Review of Books (NYRB) published a letter that had been presented to the president this past January by a number of prominent, former, senior, U.S. government officials. The signatories to the...

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What Have Obama and Netanyahu Wrought?

(9) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 2:33 PM

What conclusions are to be drawn about the state of Middle East peacemaking from the extraordinary spectacle of the adversarial encounter between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and their several major adversarial addresses in the second half of May?

The spectacle did not bring an Israeli-Palestinian...

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The Democracy Revolutions and the Israel-Palestine Conflict

(208) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 3:57 PM

For the longest time, Israeli governments have explained their resistance to Palestinian statehood by pointing to the Palestinians' and the Arab world's democracy deficit.

The dishonesty of that explanation has now been exposed to even the most credulous by the reaction of Israel's government to the democratic revolutions sweeping...

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Israel, America and the New Middle East

(512) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 11:11 AM

Virtually overnight, the Arab Middle East has been unrecognizably transformed. The implications of that transformation for America's vital interests in that region and for Israel-Palestine peacemaking will be far-reaching. They will also be largely interconnected.

Most observers seem to agree that Israeli fears of an emergent political influence of...

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Dishonesty and East Jerusalem

(32) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 10:37 AM

In response to President Barack Obama's criticism of Israel's most recently announced building plans in East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman made the following statements on behalf of the Prime Minister: "Jerusalem is not a settlement." "Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel." "Israel never agreed to...

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Peace Will Not Be Achieved By Deception

(174) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 11:49 AM

This piece originally published in Arabic translation by Al-Hayat

The sloppiness -- not to say outright misrepresentations -- that characterize the punditry of too many Israeli journalists is striking.

I was reminded of that reading Ari Shavit's claim in his Ha'aretz column of October 7 that in...

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Netanyahu's Freeze Scam

(85) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 3:03 PM

Originally published on

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the formal White House launching of the resumed Middle East peace talks on September 2nd were the clearest indication yet of his lack of seriousness. But neither the host, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, nor any of...

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Is Israel's Legitimacy Under Challenge?

(590) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 9:12 AM

Originally published in Hebrew in Ha'aretz.

Since the Goldstone report, Israel's political leaders and public have been agitated over what they claim to be a worldwide effort to "delegitimize" the Jewish state. A recent study by an Israeli policy institute warning of a looming global threat to the...

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Imposing Middle East Peace

(61) Comments | Posted January 12, 2010 | 1:24 PM

This article was published in the January 25, 2010 edition of the Nation.

Israel's relentless drive to establish "facts on the ground" in the occupied West Bank, a drive that continues in violation of even the limited settlement freeze to which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed himself, seems...

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A Response to Bradley Burston's Critique

(14) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 3:17 PM

Bradley Burston is offended by my characterization of Israel's inability to let go of the occupied territories as a pathology, a characterization he says can only be made by someone who hates Israelis.

Perhaps to soften the blow, Burston also wrote (rather bizarrely, I thought) in his column...

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Israelis and Obama

(4) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 2:12 PM

This column originally appeared in the New York Times.

Polls indicate that President Obama enjoys the support of only 6 to 10 percent of the Israeli public -- perhaps his lowest popularity in any country in the world.

According to media reports, the president's advisers are searching for...

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