Lenny Ben-David

Lenny Ben-David is the Jerusalem Center’s Director of Publications. Ben-David served 25 years in senior posts in AIPAC in Washington and Jerusalem. He served as Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy in Washington D.C. He is the author of the American Interests in the Holy Land Revealed in Early Photographs (Urim Publications).

Publications by Lenny Ben-David

The Sky Is Not Falling in Washington: The U.S. Mid-Term Elections

Five Questions and Answers Read More »

Sadat and Me in Jerusalem 40 Years Ago

Would Sadat stand at attention for the playing of the Hatikvah? Read More »

In Photos: The Story of the Liberation of Jerusalem a Century Ago

This year marks the 100th anniversary of a fierce World War I battle that saved the city from destruction. Read More »

Islamic Terrorists Target Europe: Why Spain May Be the Epicenter for Terror Attacks

Why are the terror attacks of Muslim radicals seem to focus on the Iberian Peninsula. Read More »

Documentary: The Discovery and Rescue of Iraqi Jews’ Patrimony in Baghdad. Will It Now Be Lost?

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Harold Rhode, the Collection’s Angel. Read More »

Creation of the Western Wall Plaza in 1967
Was Necessary and Legal

Photographs refute a “war crime” charge in the New Yorker Magazine Read More »

Remembering the Indian Soldiers Who Helped Liberate Jerusalem 100 Years Ago

In honor of the visit of Indian President Narendra Modi to Israel Read More »

Winston Churchill’s Defense of the Balfour Declaration in 1921

“It is manifestly right that the Jews … should have a national centre and a National Home where some of them may be reunited.” Read More »

On December 11, 1917, 99 Years Ago, the British Liberated Jerusalem

400 years of Ottoman rule ended in Jerusalem 99 years ago Read More »

Will the Obama-Netanyahu Talks Impact on U.S. Elections?

Words in New York and actions in the Middle East Read More »

Returning to Hamas’ Gaza Battlefield: Drones

If you were to now think about the components of Hamas’ military arsenal after this devastating war, what would you say?  Are the Iranians supplying them with the know-how to manufacture drones? Hirsh Goodman, author of the Jerusalem Center’s “The […] Read More »

The AIPAC Conference in Washington Isn’t Over

The candidates’ AIPAC speeches set the standards for others in the parties Read More »

Palestinian Authority Funding to Terrorists and their Families

The Palestinian Authority pays large bounties to the families of attackers of Jews. Read More »

Incitement by the Palestinians’ Post-Attack PR Industry

On January 25, 2016, two Palestinian terrorists jumped a fence and entered the Jewish community of Beit Horon where they stabbed two Jewish women, killing 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman. The assailants were shot and killed by the community’s security guard. The […] Read More »

Palestinian Authority Funding to Terrorists and their Families

Blood Money Incitement The Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for one more nefarious form of incitement to attack Jews – paying large bounties to the attackers and their families. An attacker can go out to commit murder assured that if […] Read More »

Incitement by the Palestinians’ Post-Attack PR Industry

The PR efforts for this dead terrorist leave incitement footprints Read More »

Saving Gazans or Saving Gaza’s Terrorist Tunnels?

Hamas’ supporters want to stop Egypt’s flooding operation Read More »

Reset U.S.-Israel Relations to April 2004

The Assurances in George W. Bush’s Letter to Ariel Sharon Are Crucial Today Read More »

Stabbing at a West Bank Supermarket – A Blow to Coexistence?

Palestinian leadership is opposed to economic coexistence with Israel Read More »

Secrets under the Al-Aqsa Mosque: A Photographic Essay

Vintage pictures show evidence of the historical Jewish presence in Jerusalem Read More »

Proposed International Supervision of Jerusalem’s Holy Sites Has a History of Failure

United Nations supervision of the Jewish holy sites over 19 years was a total failure. Read More »

Two Summits with Gulf Arabs – Vive la Différence

Why top Gulf Arab leaders did attend a summit — but with the French president. Read More »

After the “Corker Vote”: the State of Opposition to the Iran Deal   

Don’t take for granted that an agreement will be signed by the June 30 deadline.  Read More »

Does Iran’s Navy Directly Arm Its Jihadist Allies?

U.S. Navy inspects ship for weapons headed to Yemen’s Houthis. Read More »

Hamas’ Order of Battle: Weapons, Training, and Targets

In the course of their 50-day war against Israel, Hamas and its terrorist partners in Gaza fired more than 4,500 rockets and mortars at Israel. The weapons’ ranges varied from two to 160 km., and the gross inaccuracy and inconsistency […] Read More »

Gazan Casualties: How Many and Who They Were

The 50-day Hamas war against Israel left 66 Israeli soldiers and six civilians dead; there were a total of 842 Israeli casualties during the conflict.1 On the other side, UN and Palestinian sources claimed that some 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza were […] Read More »

Hamas’ Silent Partners

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh set out his strategy for political warfare against Israel in parallel with his military campaign on October 19, 2013, when he offered “Blessings to all the commissions, individuals, civil society groups, and human rights organizations […] Read More »

After the U.S. Mid-Term Elections: The Congressional Role in U.S.-Iran Policy

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 37       November 17, 2014 The new 114th Congress convenes in January 2015 with Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. Congressional […] Read More »

The U.S. Navy Saved Jews of Eretz Yisrael Exactly 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago the Jews of Palestine suffered terribly from hunger, disease and oppression. Read More »

The Zionist Message Hidden within Antique Pictures of the Holy Land

A 110-year-old trove of pictures taken by the Christian photographers of the American Colony in Jerusalem provides dramatic proof of thriving Jewish communities in
Palestine. Read More »

Lenny Ben David on The Arab Lobby by Mitchell Bard

Jewish Political Studies Review 23:1-2 (Spring 2011)     In January 2011, a group of distinguished ex-legislators and diplomats sent a letter to President Obama[1] advocating a new American policy in the Middle East. In effect, they called on Obama to impose […] Read More »

The George Mitchell Appointment: The Tactics of “Symmetrical Negotiations” May Not Work in “Asymmetrical Conflicts”

The Middle East that Senator George Mitchell will confront today is much changed from the one he wrestled with eight years ago as chairman of the committee to investigate the outbreak of the Second Intifada. The 2001 Mitchell Report was issued before the 9/11 al-Qaeda attack, prior to the capture of two weapons-laden ships bound for Gaza, and before Hamas’ coup in Gaza. Hamas’ alliance with Iran and its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood mark it as an enemy of moderate Arab regimes. Read More »

Robert Kennedy’s 1948 Reports from Palestine

In April 1948, one month before Israel declared independence, Robert Kennedy, then 22, traveled to Palestine to report on the conflict for the Boston Post. His four dispatches from the scene were published in June 1948. The newspaper closed in 1956, and for decades the reports were virtually forgotten. Read More »

Sunni and Shiite Terrorist Networks: Competition or Collusion?

The Palestinian assertion that Sunni and Shiite terrorist groups do not cooperate is baseless and historically wrong. Recent history has demonstrated that there are few religious-ideological barriers in the world of international terrorism. The secular Ba’athist regime in Syria works closely with Hizballah, as a secular Ba’athist regime in Iraq has developed ties to al-Qaeda.
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Iran, Syria, and Hizballah – Threatening Israel’s North

Many television viewers were surprised when U.S. Senator Bob Graham declared on "Meet the Press" on July 7 that there are "more urgent" priorities facing the United States than dealing with Saddam Hussein. Read More »