Parasha & Herzl

The longevity of Abraham’s foreign policy doctrine

Abraham and Herzl were both astute readers of the regional-interest map, and not tempted to base their foreign policy on wishful thinking

• GOL KALEV The writer analyzes trends in Zionism, Europe and global affairs. He is a board member of the America-Israel Friendship League and chairman of the AIFL think tank. For more of his articles visit

Something remarkable occurs in Parashat Lech Lecha that tends to be overlooked by biblical interpreters: Abraham plants the seeds for the Israeli nation’s foreign policy. Abraham establishes bilateral relationships with Egypt to the south and Grar to...

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