Institute for Research:
Middle Eastern Policy

"Research - Awareness - Accountability"






06/20/2019 U.S. Israel Free Trade Agreement Damage Assessment

03/22/2019 The Israel Lobby & American Policy 2019 Conference

03/07/2019 The real reason Congress is targeting Ilhan Omar

03/02/2018 The Israel Lobby & American Policy 2018 Conference

02/01/2019 Evidence of Israel's undue influence: Joshua Geltzer, former Obama NSC, asked to respond

07/10/2018 Nuclear safeguards expert "unfamiliar" with Israeli diversion of weapons-grade material from US

07/09/2018 Four Presidents Conspired To Give $100 Billion to Israel

01/03/2018 NUMEC & the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program - "Off the Table" in Washington

12/16/2017 Jerusalem's Fate - Crosstalk, RT YouTube

11/16/2017 The Justice Department Refuses to Regulate Israel's Foreign Agents

11/12/2017 Israel lobby claims to represent "the American Jewish community" in attempt to limit free speech

10/23/2017 IRmep Conference Call - "Lawsuit Challenges US Aid to Israel & Nuclear Gag Order." YouTube

09/05/2017 Randi Weingarten Continues AFT Presidents' Practice Of Coopting The Union For Israel. Youtube

8/26/2017 Israel lobby recruits for the IDF

07/26/2017 AIPAC's "Israel Anti-Boycott Act" A Threat To All Americans. Youtube

07/26/2017 Department of Justice Refuses To Acknowledge It Ordered AIPAC  To Register As An Israeli Foreign Agent. Youtube

3/24/2017 Conference at the National Press Club. The Israel Lobby and American Policy. Youtube

11/14/2016 The Israel Lobby's Impact on America. Youtube

3/18/2016 Conference at the National Press Club. Israel's Influence: Good or Bad for America? C-SPAN.Youtube

04/10/2015 Conference at the National Press Club. The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel? Youtube.

03/07/2014 The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" broadcast live on C-SPAN3  Youtube

10/04/2013 How can contact between the US and Iran change the geopolitics of the region? Has Washington's neoconservative project for the Middle East hit a brick wall? Can anyone replace the American leadership role? And as the US pivots away from the Middle East, what kind of world does it leave behind there? CrossTalking with Bruce Fein and Grant Smith. RT.  Youtube

07/30/2013 RT Crosstalk Panel - Hell Unleashed. What is the difference between U.S. aid to Egypt and Israel? Why is the appointment of Martin Indyk to represent the U.S. in peace negotiations such a terrible move? What are some Arab states doing to avoid civil unrest? Why is Israel a liability rather than an asset on the American foreign policy balance sheet? Peter Lavelle moderates a debate between Grant F. Smith of IRmep in Washington and Charlie Wolf in London. Youtube.

05/24/2013 RT Crosstalk Panel - the Iraq Scam. Iraq is on the verge of a sectarian civil war. Did the American-led invasion of Iraq to dislodge one dictator only see another one appear? To what degree is the Syrian civil war impacting Iraq? Is the idea of “democratic Iraq” an oxymoron? CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle with Kelley Vlahos, Grant Smith and Michael O'Hanlon. Youtube.

03/04/2013 Israel lobby ups war rhetoric against Iran during annual conference.  Youtube.

03/01/2013 Why Americans are turning away from Israel and its lobby. Youtube.

01/29/2013 The NUMEC Cover-up.  Special IRmep presentation held in Parks Township, just north of Apollo, PA about the diversion of weapons-grade uranium to Israel in the 1960s. Youtube

01/29/2013 Grant Smith discusses the NUMEC cover-up on Abby Martin's program, Breaking the Set.  Youtube.

12/17/2012 IRmep video about Chuck Hagel's "Israel lobby" comments. Youtube.

12/5/2012 Nuclear Israel: the Secret that is not. Youtube

09/26/2012 To what degree does the Israeli lobby have a hand in the US presidential campaign? Is its role overestimated? Is Netanyahu (dangerously) meddling into American domestic politics? And just how monolithic are the American Jews in their support for US policy towards Israel? CrossTalking with Ruthie Blum, Grant Smith and Stephen Zunes. Youtube

09/08/2012 Grant F. Smith, Research Director at, joins James Corbett to discuss the secret Israeli espionage program that smuggled nuclear materials out of the United States to help start the Israeli nuclear program in the 1960s. They go over the declassified documents tying Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (PDF) to a nuclear technology smuggling ring targeting the U.S. in the 1980s, and explore Smith's book, Divert!: NUMEC, Zalman Shapiro and the diversion of US weapons grade uranium into the Israeli nuclear weapons program. Bliptv

04/06/2011 - On April 6, Grant F. Smith presented a comprehensive review of the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement to the Finance and Economics Council at the University of Rochester. Using a slide show of declassified documents and charts, Smith revealed how secret agreements and a joint Israeli embassy/AIPAC covert operation undermined US industries and the trade negotiating process. New quantitative analysis and disclosures reveal the US-Israel trade agreement is actually a $10 billion/year foreign aid program. Smith also discusses how major omissions in Dan Senor and Saul Singer's 2009 Council on Foreign Relations book Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle undermine their two major findings: that perpetual conflict gives Israel a comparative advantage and that the US should reinstate conscription in order to match Israel's entrepreneurial output. Vimeo

08/19/2010 - On August 19, RT International live from Moscow interviewed Grant F. Smith about newly declassified Senate investigation files of illegal Israeli public relations activities in the US.  They contrast the odd parallels between Israel's efforts to divert attention away from the Dimona nuclear weapons facility to current PR efforts to shape public opinion about Iran's civilian nuclear program. Youtube

07/07/2010 -  IRmep held a panel discussion at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC titled "Israel's Nuclear Arsenal: Espionage, Opacity and Future.  Video streaming and download at theInternet Archive.

02/08/2010 -  PressTV interviews IRmep director Grant F. Smith about the Israel lobby's history of challenges to rule of law and governance in the United States. "Autograph" with Susan Modaress reviews key findings from the book "Spy Trade".  Youtube or Download WMV

02/27/2009 -  "Empire" on Al Jazeera English presented by Marwan Bishara Empire - Part 1 (25 min) US policy in the Middle East and the "Special Relationship" with Israel. Avi Shlaim, Aaron David Miller, Adam Shatz, Ilan Pappe, MJ Rosenberg, Harry Lonsdale, Earl Hilliard, and Grant F. Smith. Empire - Part 2 (22 min) The forced neoconservative convergence of US-Israel strategy in the Middle East through the post 9/11 "war on terror".  Avi Shlaim, Jim Lobe, Anotoli Levin, Stephen Walt, and Hani Shukrallah. YouTube.

12/18/07 - INN World News host Leonard Charles discusses the history of AIPAC and likelihood that the case will never go to trial with Grant Smith.  Download WMV

11/21/07 - PressTV Book Review "Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee"  Martin Short, a British author and producer, Tim Llewellyn the BBC's Middle East correspondent for nearly a decade, and Abe Haim, of Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine sat down to discuss the book "Foreign Agents".   Download WMV

9/28/2007 - Voice of America discussion about the UN General Assembly.  Download WMV

02/23/07 - "Visa Denied: The Opportunity Cost of Discriminatory Visa Policies" On February 23, Grant Smith discussed the newly released report "Visa Denied: How Anti-Arab Visa Policies Destroy US Exports, Jobs and Higher Education on ViewPoint with James Zogby Download WMV

02/23/07 - Voice of America Panel Discussion:  Why the US is not considered an "honest broker" in the Middle East conflict. Download WMV

02/09/07 - Al Jazeera report on IRmep's "Visa Denied" book.  Visa denials to Arab League visitors has caused an estimated $101 billion dollars in losses to manufacturing industries in the US. Losses for travel and tourism are approximately $1.8 billion. Higher education, which is not usually considered a service export, has had losses of around $2 billion which is equivalent to 9,000 jobs. This is problematic because the Arab market is extremely attractive to the United States. It has grown in terms of import demand from approximately $170 billion at the beginning of this century, or rather, the year 2000, to over $345 billion dollars estimated for this year. Download WMV

8/11/2006 - ViewPoint with James Zogby.  Download WMV

2/3/2006 - Voice of America. Download WMV

01/6/2006 - Voice of America.  Download WMV

5/14/2005 Voice of America.  Download WMV

11/17/2004 - National Press Club Forum - The new Syrian and Saudi Accountability Acts represent unique Congressional forays into the executive branch's traditional authority over US foreign affairs. What is the potential long-term diplomatic and economic impact of accountability acts on the United States and its relations with the international community? What evidence and justifications underlie the acts? How are American national interests served? Which lobbies and interest groups seek these acts? As the U.S. Congress sets preconditions for relations with Middle East nations based on violations of international laws and resolutions, should a regional balance be sought in order to increase US credibility? Should relations with Israel also be subject to an accountability act?  Real Video Stream

11/25/2003 - IRmep Capitol Hill Forum - Rayburn Congressional House Office Building - Discussion of the neoconservative "Clean Break" plan for war in the Middle East and negative consequences for the United States.  Stream from C-SPAN


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