Palestine-Israel – where to look for hope? (clue, it’s not the blob, shrinking the conflict, or the Abraham Accords)
Join a discussion with Peter Beinart, Editor-at-large of Jewish Currents; Diana Buttu, Palestinian lawyer, analyst and former legal advisor to the PLO negotiation team; and Daniel Levy, President of the U.S./Middle East Project. The session will be moderated by Rebecca Abou-Chedid, USMEP non-resident Fellow.
The three-week long May crisis in Palestine-Israel was in part a repetition of well-rehearsed scenes of devastation, but it also witnessed something unusual – a broad Palestinian mobilization transcending a Palestinian landscape normally characterized by fragmentation and atomization, alongside a shift in the public discourse and debate, most notably in the US.
As familiar patterns of behaviour reassert themselves, and with business-as-usual approaches coming from the new governments in Israel, the US, and the Muqata bubble (or worse in the case of Israel applying a ‘terror designation’ to six leading Palestinian NGOs), we pose the question: where should one look for hopeful signs of change and fluidity, for a path to get beyond permanent impasse, occupation and inequality?
Following short interventions by the panelists, there will be a discussion and Q&A.