The Atlantic Council welcomed Dr. Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority and new Atlantic Council distinguished statesman, on Thursday, July 31, 2014 for a discussion on the current state of affairs in Gaza and the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations.


Gaza: Breaking the Vicious Cycle
A Conversation with Dr. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the
Palestinian Authority

A discussion with
Dr. Salam Fayyad
Distinguished Statesman
Atlantic Council

Welcome remarks by
Gen. James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
President
Jones Group International
Chairman, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Moderated by
Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Renewed conflict between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in the past two weeks has resulted in over 700 casualties, more than 4,500 wounded, and the displacement of tens of thousands. Secretary of State John Kerry continues rounds of meetings in the region in an attempt to forge another ceasefire agreement to end the crisis and to lay the foundation for longer-term negotiations on the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations. Amid fierce fighting, Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal continues to reject a ceasefire until all of Hamas’s conditions are met in full. Acknowledging that there has been some progress toward cementing a deal, Secretary Kerry remarked on Wednesday that there is still work to be done.