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Settlements at 50 Years - An Obstacle to Peace and Democracy

  • The Middle East Institute 1319 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

This month marks 50 years of Israeli control over the West Bank. Recent surveys show that a majority of Israelis support peace negotiations with the Palestinians and the majority of Israeli Jews believe Israel should not annex large parts of the territories. Nevertheless, the Israeli government continues to expand settlements and is considering legislation to annex land in the West Bank.

What motivates and enables the Israeli government to continue settlement expansion in the West Bank? What are the implications for the future of peace and Israel's long-term democratic survival?

The Middle East Institute is hosting a conversation with Talia Sasson, president of the New Israel Fund (NIF), former state attorney and special advisor to the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and author of At the Edge of the Abyss: Is the Victory of the Settlements the End of Israeli Democracy? Haaretz's Washington correspondent Amir Tibon will moderate the discussion.

Event Details

  • Date: June 23, 2017

  • When: 12:30 - 1:45 PM

  • Where: The Middle East Institute