The Peace Process: From High Diplomacy to U.S. Local Action

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a source of contention among the international community for decades. In early June, top diplomats from 26 nations - including the United States - convened in France to work towards restarting talks between Israel and the Palestinians, "seeking to head off an escalation of tensions that resonate across the Middle East and Europe."

How feasible is a peaceful solution? According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, about half of Israeli Arabs say it is possible for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to co-exist peacefully while, by contrast, only 28 percent of Arabs living in the Palestinian territories believe a two-state solution is possible. Given this hotly disputed context, what role should the United States government  - and the larger international community - play in moving the peace process forward?

This City Club Forum features a conversation with Ghaith al-Omari, senior fellow in the Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship at The Washington Institute and a former advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team, on the various paths to peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

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