Lecture: Hirschfeld, Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, NYU Taub Center, Sep 15

The Taub Center for Israel Studies at NYU invites you to a lecture:

September 15, 2014


53 Washington Square South

Lessons Learned from the Israeli-Palestinian Peace-Finding Process

Professor Yair Hirschfeld, University of Haifa


Dr. Yair Hirschfeld will provide an insider account as to why Secretary Kerry’s Peace Initiative for the Middle East failed and discuss why a less ambitious effort would have prevented the foreseeable break-down of negotiations. Hirschfeld will argue that the definition of peace, as such, is decisive for a successful outcome. It has to be understood that “peace is not a piece of paper, or a given moment, but an ongoing process, when former enemies learn gradually to trust each other.”

Based on this basic understanding Hirschfeld will describe the causes that permitted the successful conclusion of the Oslo Accords, and the dramatic inside story, that caused later failures and set-backs. Hirschfeld will analyze the importance and problems of US mediation, of other inputs of the international community, as well as the impact of the regional powers, and particularly the ongoing struggle between radical militant Islamic state- and non-state actors, with the pragmatic pro-Western Arab states and Israel.              

RSVP via E-mail:  rsvp.taubcenter@nyu.edu

 Co-Sponsored By:

 The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

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Lecture: Hirschfeld, the Oslo Accords and the Two-State Solution

February 7, 2011, 6-8 p.m.

NYU Open House, 528 LaGuardia Place

Did the Oslo Accords Pave the Way to a (Israeli-Palestinian) Two-State Solution?

Lecture by Yair Hirschfeld, director general, Economic Cooperation Foundation (Tel-Aviv)

Yair Hirschfeld served as a leading negotiator in bringing the Israeli Government and the PLO together at the Oslo Accords of 1993. Active in "track II" diplomacy for over 20 years, Hirschfeld currently serves as the director general of the Tel Aviv-based Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF). The ECF aims to develop a comprehensive strategy toward regional peacemaking and reconciliation, by pursuing policy planning on issues of permanent status while supporting Israeli-Arab (Palestinian, Jordanian, and Egyptian) cooperation and coordination in political, economic, and social spheres. Hirschfeld is also a leading member in Israeli Palestinian working groups, developing concepts on peaceful solutions of the Jerusalem and Refugees Issues.

RSVP to fas.taubcenter@nyu.edu or 212.998.8981. Space is limited.

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