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From US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Director of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, to South African lawyer Adila Hassim, who is arguing before a panel of judges in the International Court of Justice in the Hague, many people are coming up with all sorts of notions about what should happen in Gaza after the war. Only the esteemed scholar, intellect, and writer, Richard Goldberg, has articulated what must not happen in Gaza after Israel reaches its stated objective of removing Hamas and its terrorist infrastructure from it. Taken from his brilliant Commentary Magazine article, Richard Goldberg will be able to articulate some of the pitfalls to avoid to ensure that the barbaric events of October 7, 2023, are never to be repeated again.
About the Speaker: Richard Goldberg is a senior advisor at FDD. From 2019-2020, Richard served as the Director for Countering Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction for the White House National Security Council. He previously served as chief of staff for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and deputy chief of staff and senior foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois in both the U.S. House and Senate.
As a staff associate for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, Richard worked on a wide range of issues related to U.S. foreign assistance, including foreign military financing, international security assistance, international peacekeeping, development, global health and economic support funds. He was a founding staff director of the House U.S.-China Working Group and was among the first Americans ever to visit China’s human space launch center. A leader in efforts to expand U.S. missile defense cooperation with Israel, Richard played a key role in U.S. funding for the Arrow-3 program, Iron Dome and the deployment of an advanced missile defense radar to the Negev Desert.
In the Senate, Richard emerged as a leading architect of the toughest sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was the lead Republican negotiator for three rounds of sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran, the SWIFT financial messaging service, and entire sectors of the Iranian economy. Richard also drafted and negotiated legislation promoting human rights and democracy in Iran, including sanctions targeting entities that provide the Iranian regime with the tools of repression. His Iran sanctions work was featured in the book The Iran Wars.