Great news. Jeremy Ben-Ami of the Zionist organization J Street is putting his ideas on the line, and debating Yousef Munayyer, Ian Lustick, and Ahmad Samih Khalidi on the two-state solution in two weeks at the Capitol, at the behest of the Middle East Policy Council.
We have often urged Ben-Ami not to just share a stage with Jeffrey Goldberg and Bill Kristol– rightwing Zionists who have nothing to tell Americans about the Palestinian experience, except that it isn’t all that bad — but to risk his ideas in a forum with Palestinians and American realists. Well, it’s happening October 9.
Lustick is author of that seminal piece in the New York Times 2 weeks back, saying that the outmoded two-state paradigm is piling fuel against an inevitable conflagration, and Munayyer is author of a fine piece in the New Yorker last week, Thinking outside the two-state box, explaining to readers that the creation of Israel dispossessed Palestinians and thereby sowed the seeds of the delegitimization of the “Zionist project.”
As for Ben-Ami, he is having a two-state hoe-down this weekend in Washington with Tzipi Livni and Joe Biden. I always called J Street liberal Zionist, but the Forward says the organization is now becoming part of the lobby establishment. It’s applied for membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which is incapable of criticism of Israeli policy.
I see the discussion on October 9th is being live-streamed. From the Middle East Policy Council: Two States or One? The Future of Israelis and Palestinians
The Middle East Policy Council invites you and your colleagues to our 74th Capitol Hill Conference. Live streaming of this event will begin at approximately 9:30am EST on Wednesday, October 9th and conclude at noon. A questions and answers session will be held at the end of the proceedings. Refreshments will be served.
October 9, 2013. 9:30am – 12:00pm EDT
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B339
RSVP Acceptances only: (202) 296-6767 or [email protected]
Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Executive Director, The Jerusalem Fund & The Palestine Center
President, J Street
Ahmad Samih Khalidi
Senior Associate Member, St. Anthony’s College at the University of Oxford; Former Adviser to the PLO Delegation (’91-’93)
Omar M. Kader
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Middle East Policy Council
Thomas R. Mattair
Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council