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Palestine's U.N. Gambit

Is There a Positive and Is There a Point?

2010 saw the longest ever effort (21 months) to resume Israel-Palestinian peace talks followed by the shortest ever talks (30 days). Finding little hope in continuing with the status quo process, the Palestinian leadership intends to take their case to the United Nations in September. With that as a backdrop, the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force is pleased to host a delegation of Palestinian business and civil society leaders who will look at the diplomatic, political, and legal aspects involved with the U.N. move.

The move coincides with the end deadline of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s 2-year building of the institutions of future statehood. Can Palestine now be considered ‘state-ready’? On the legal front, what are the ramifications of the Palestinian move for the international community, for the U.S., and for Israel? Politically and diplomatically, what do Palestinians envision for the day after a resolution at the U.N.? What do they hope to achieve?

Highlights from this September 2011 discussion are available above, while audio and video recordings of the full event can be accessed at right.


Featured Speakers
Zahi Khouri
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Palestinian National Beverage Company (NBC)

Hiba Husseini
Managing Partner, West Bank law firm ‘Husseini & Husseini’
Chair, Legal Committee to Final Status Negotiations Between the Palestinian and Israelis

Amb. Hind Khoury
Former Palestinian Ambassador to France
Former Palestinian Cabinet Minister, Jerusalem Affairs

Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
Pastor, EvangelicalLutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem
President, Diyar (Palestinian NGO)

Wassim Khazmo
Senior Policy Advisor, Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit

Daniel Levy
Co-Director, Middle East Task Force
New America Foundation

Closing comments
Leila Hilal
Co-Director, Middle East Task Force
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Event Materials

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Video Clips

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Full Event video (1 hour, 26 min)