Report Rollout

“From Partner to Ally: The Case for a U.S.-Israel Defense Treaty”

From its creation more than seventy years ago to its ongoing importance for supporting Ukraine, America’s network of mutual defense treaties – encompassing 52 allies across five continents – has been a crucial force-multiplier for U.S. national security. Yet the United States lacks such a commitment with one of its closest and most capable partners, Israel.

JINSA first proposed a mutual defense pact with Israel in 2018. It is now issuing an updated paper and draft treaty to reflect new developments, highlighting the increasing importance of a formal alliance and encouraging leaders of both countries to seize the current historic opportunity to lay the cornerstone of a new Middle Eastern security architecture. A U.S.-Israel mutual defense pact would strengthen shared deterrence, reduce the risk of major Middle East conflict, and advance U.S. and Israeli strategic interests – all without requiring more American boots on the ground.

Join JINSA for a webinar marking the release of its new report laying out the strategic importance and benefits of a bilateral mutual defense pact, addressing potential concerns, and providing full text of a proposed U.S.-Israel alliance treaty.

Wednesday, September 20 –
10:30AM EST


This event is open to the public.

RSVPs must be received via the button
to the left at least 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Once your registration is confirmed, you will
receive the details to join.


Michael Makovsky, PhD

Michael Makovsky, PhD is President and CEO at JINSA and a former Pentagon official in the George W. Bush administration. Makovsky is also the author of Churchill’s Promised Land (Yale University Press), a diplomatic-intellectual history of Winston Churchill’s complex relationship with Zionism. He has a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Harvard University.

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John Hannah

John Hannah is the Randi & Charles Wax Senior Fellow at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. Hannah served in senior foreign policy positions for both Democratic and Republican administrations, including as National Security Advisor to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Gen Charles “Chuck” Wald, USAF (ret.)

General Charles Wald, USAF (ret.), former Deputy Commander of United States European Command (EUCOM) – General Charles Wald is a proven leader who specializes in global military strategy and development. As EUCOM Deputy Commander he was responsible for developing the air campaign in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Gen. Wald has also served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at USAF Headquarters, Chief of USAF Combat Terrorism Center, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations at the Pentagon. In 35 years as a USAF command pilot, Gen. Wald accumulated more than 3,600 flying hours and 430 combat hours.

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IDF MG (ret.) Yaacov Ayish

General Ayish served in the IDF for 36 years and retired in 2016, concluding an accomplished career during which he attained the rank of Major General. Throughout his distinguished service, he served in core and operational command positions in the IDF ground forces and in senior command and managerial positions in the IDF General Staff. In his last position, General Ayish served for four years as Israel’s Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the United States in Washington, D.C.

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Jonathan Ruhe JINSA Foreign Policy Director

Jonathan Ruhe

Jonathan Ruhe is JINSA Director of Foreign Policy. Prior to joining JINSA, he worked at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where he focused on Middle East and Former Soviet Union security issues. His commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and various international media outlets.

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The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) is dedicated to educating Congressional, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, primarily in the Middle East, the cornerstone of which is a robust U.S.-Israeli security cooperation. JINSA believes that a strong American military and national security posture is the best guarantor of peace and the survival of our values and civilization.