This evening between about 5:50 pm (might start a few minutes late) and 7:15 pm EST, I will be chairing at Atlantic Exchange event on the subject of Middle East peace.
Former Obama administration Middle East envoy and former US Senator George Mitchell will join us, share some framing remarks, and then be interviewed by Atlantic national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg.
The event will stream live above.
We have organized tonight’s discussion with the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and its director, former Congressman Robert Wexler — who have partnered with The Atlantic to produce a four-part series online now, each video about 15 minutes long, titled “Is Peace Possible?”
The four topics covered in this fascinating exchange are the clear ones: borders, security, refugees and Jerusalem. I encourage folks to check these out.
The subject of a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is a volatile one that I think should have been not only near the top of the Obama administration’s roll out priorities (which it was) but also among the top of their foreign policy/national security priorities — which ultimately it has not been except rhetorically and perhaps intellectually, not politically.
This increasingly complex knot in foreign affairs has far greater consequence for the world than just the population of Israelis and Palestinians directly involved — and in my view, the failures and lack of vision in the leadership on both sides of the equation are something that the global community cannot acquiesce to.
C-Span will also be taping the event tonight, and I’ll post those links here once they become available on line.
— Steve Clemons