A discussion withAmb. Michael OrenAmbassador-in-Residence
President & CEO
The most recent round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) does not appear to bode well for the peace process. What began with closed-door meetings last summer, Israel's release of Palestinian prisoners, and the PA's tabling of UN recognition legislation offered a promising start to negotiations. Despite early successes and a strong US commitment, the peace talks collapsed in late April 2014. Ultimately, threats by certain Israeli politicians to impede negotiations, and a burgeoning Fatah-Hamas unity deal disrupted progress.
Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Should there be a shift in approach? What holds Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas back?
Ambassador Michael Oren (Ret.), ambassador-in-residence at the Atlantic Council, will seek to identify the challenges that prevented a successful outcome and suggest how the region may move forward in the fragile, yet strategically crucial relationship between Israel and the Palestinians.