Pursuit of Peace: Overcoming Obstacles and Seizing Opportunities to Achieve a Brighter Future
Featuring a discussion on current events in the Middle East with:
Ghaith a-Omari, senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is the former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. Prior to that, he served in various positions within the Palestinian Authority, including as Director of the International Relations Department in the Office of the Palestinian President and as advisor to Mahmoud Abbas during his tenure as Prime Minister. Mr. Al-Omari served as advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team throughout the 1999-2001 permanent status talks, and participated in various rounds of negotiations, including the 2000 Camp David Summit and the Taba Talks.
Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Previously, Dr. Schanzer worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. A former research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Dr. Schanzer has published several books about the Palestinian Authority and barriers to Palestinian statehood, including State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State.
If you are interested in attending but have not pre-registered, please call the Beth Am office at (650) 493-4661 by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 17. We will take your name, but you will need to undergo a brief security screening before the event, so please arrive by 7:00 PM. No onsite registration. This event is off-the-record and closed to the press.
This program is co-sponsored by AIPAC and Congregation Beth Am together with Congregation Beth David, Congregation Beth Jacob, Congregation Kol Emeth, Congregation Sinai, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Beth El, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco.