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ARYEH LIGHTSTONE served as the Senior Advisor to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman from 2017 to 2021. He played a critical role in advancing bilateral U.S.-Israel relations with a focus on 5G implementation, infrastructure expansion, and economic development. Further, he was instrumental in facilitating the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as well as its successful merger with the Jerusalem Consulate. Also, he was on the Peace to Prosperity team, led the inaugural Abraham Accord Business Summit, directed the Abraham Fund, and was the point person in the Middle East for the actualization of the Abraham Accords.
Prior to joining the State Department in 2017, Lightstone worked as an educator, rabbi, management professional, entrepreneur, and issue advocate. He is a Denver native and now splits his time between Israel and Colorado with his wife and four very adorable children.
The Trump Administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” vision for the Middle East was unveiled on January 28, 2020. What followed over the next eleven months was one of the most fascinating and consequential periods of U.S. foreign policy in a generation, leading to five normalization agreements between Israel and Muslim states. As the senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Aryeh Lightstone had a front-row seat on events that dramatically altered the dynamics of the Middle East. Let My People Know provides a behind-the-scenes account of the strategies that allowed the “Deal of the Century” to be struck.