Time: September 15, 2009 from 8:30am to 10am
Location: Fischer Francis Trees and Watts: MetLife Building New York , New York
Street: 200 Park Avenue, 46th Floor
City/Town: New York , New York
Event Type: discussion
Organized By: World Policy Institute
Latest Activity: Sep 3, 2009
Beyond the Two-State Solution Impasse: A Breakfast discussion with Dr. Alon Ben-Meir
After years of impasse, there is a palpable sense of a renewed momentum on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Khaled Meshal, the head of Hamas’ political bureau, have both indicated their acceptance of a two-state solution. Following Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s August visit to the White House, his first since 2003, President Obama renewed his call to both sides to resume negotiations and asked moderate Arab states to help convince them to do so quickly.
Is this more false hope, or will negotiations around a two-state solution lead us toward peace this time?
In recent years, the crux of the argument has been distilled into a territorial tug-of-war over the West Bank and the Gaza strip, while the most contentious issues have been swept under the carpet. How should the Palestinian refugees’ right of return factor into negotiations? The status of Jerusalem? The remaining Israeli settlements in the West Bank? The rights of Israel’s Arab citizens in a Jewish state? As they jockey for the support of the international community, there are internal rifts on both sides: Palestine’s two governing factions continue to struggle for power; and then there are the necessary, even if nominal, conciliations Netanyahu must make to his hawkish base. How can negotiations tackle the issues that continue to impede real progress?
In his latest book, Lost Perspectives, Senior Fellow and Middle East expert Alon Ben-Meir outlines his vision of inevitable coexistence in the form of a two-state solution. Approaching the problem from a holistic, human security perspective, Dr. Ben-Meir argues that enough agreements and frameworks are already on the table to build peace. What is really needed to break the impasse is a renewed role for the international community, and above all courage, creativity and commitment from leaders on both sides.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
8:30 – 10am
A light breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30, and the discussion will begin at 9am.