Can Barriers to Peace Be Surmounted?

can barrier to israel-palestine peace be surmounted? 

The question now is whether the two-state solution has become moot, and if so, how will the combined populations of Jews and Arab Palestinians in "greater Israel" accommodate themselves to the de facto one-state solution that looms? The Markaz, LA Jews for Peace and the United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force present "Can Barriers to be in Israel-Palestine Be Surmounted" with Uri Talil and Monir Deeb, moderated by Reverend Sandy Olewine.

The discussion takes place at the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230 (5 blocks south of Culver Blvd.). Parking in large lot behind church.

There is a requested donation of $10/$5 students (no one turned away). Soft drinks will be served. 

This program is one in the long-running series Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Middle East Foreign Policy, a joint project of The Markaz and LA Jews for Peace, with diverse cosponsors including Friends of Sabeel and other groups.

About the Debaters

Uri Talil and Monir Deeb were born and raised on either side of the Green Line — one as a Jewish Israel and the other as a Muslim Palestinian. They have been working together for peace in their homelands for the 25-plus years they have been in America. They agree on basic principles, although each has a unique viewpoint forged by his life experience.

Come join us for a conversation among these peace workers.  Examine points of agreement and disagreement in their attempt to understand the barriers to peace and how they might be surmounted.

There will be two focuses of the discussion. One will be the Taba Summit, a remarkable eight days of direct talks in January 2001 between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government.  The Taba Summit took place in the shadow of the failed June 2000 Camp David talks, and were conditioned by the Parameters for Peace that President Clinton presented at five-days of preliminary talks in December 2000.

It is widely acknowledged that Israelis and Palestinians came closer to a real agreement at Taba than before or after.  Most important, the parties reached an understanding of a path to resolve the refugee issue.

The other focus will be the role of United States government policy.  Does the U.S. erect or remove barriers to peace? For example, what is the effect of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner telling Mahmoud Abbas that the US can't support a settlement ban because it would bring down Netanyahu, or that the State Department would not express support for the two-state solution because of concerns about “bias[ing] one side over another.”

  • September 10, 2017 at 7pm – 9pm
  • Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall. 4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
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