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May 17, 2013

Invitation: Israel-Palestine Forum

You are cordially invited to participate in a forum titled:

"Two States, One Country, Israel-Palestine:

A Path Towards a Shared Future."

Specifically, you are invited to be part of a roundtable with ambassadors and other dignitaries to discuss Israel and Palestine.

Wednesday, May 22 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.

At the Washington Times Headquarters: 3600 New York Ave., NE, Washington DC, 20002.

To participate, contact Dr. William Selig at wselig@upf.org or (202) 636-4950.

You may also participate live via video conferencing by following these steps:

Directions:

  1. go to www.vonvo.com
  2. click the "Connect With Facebook" button
  3. enter your information and then click "go to app"
  4. click the "topics" tab in the top right hand corner
  5. click the "Two States One Country Israel-Palestine" topic
  6. click the "join" button on the existing discussion room for this topic
  7. watch and enjoy!

(If you experience technical difficulties contacts: Max, 516-668-6381, max@vonvo.com)

BACKGROUND

More than 20 years since the historic handshake between Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin, that sealed the Oslo accords and outlined the path to a two state solution, Israelis and Palestinians are no closer to reaching a permanent solution to their conflict and many experts now believe that the two state solution is no longer practical nor feasible.

Over the last five years, an increasing number of prominent Israelis and Palestinians have openly called for or began considering the practicality of a shared future where the two state solution is seen as an obstacle to peace rather than a path to peace. The new proposals generally include concepts such as a federation, confederation or a one state solution between Israel and Palestine.

More recently, the idea of a shared future has expanded to include grass root, leaderless efforts among Palestinians and Israelis who pursue their own initiatives to explore the concept of a shared future. One notable effort occurred in 2012 when a group of Palestinians and Israelis organized a historic conference in the settlement of Ariel to discuss the possibility of living together in a united country.

Moreover, a plethora of Facebook groups, which focus on creating a united country of Israel/Palestine, have spontaneously popped up. The roundtable will explore alternatives to the two state solution, with emphasis on a shared future for Israelis and Palestinians.

Location:

Washington Times Headquarters
3600 New York Ave., NE,
Washington DC, 20002.

Reserve by contacting Dr. William Selig at

wselig@upf.org or (202) 636-4950.

Refreshments will be served.

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