David Makovsky and Arnold Eisen to Discuss the Middle East Peace Process

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March 23, 2010, Washington DC

David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will discuss “The U.S., American Jews, and the Middle East Peace Process: Challenges, Dilemmas, Anxieties, and Opportunities” at the Abraham and Minnie Kay Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. A dessert reception will follow the lecture. Sponsored by JTS, the program will take place at Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington DC.

The peace process between Israel, the Palestinians, and the neighboring Arab states has long been stalled. This has complicated relations among the Israeli government, American government, Israeli Jewish public, and American Jews. Where does the peace process stand? How can peace efforts move beyond the current impasse? How does the looming specter of a nuclear Iran influence the entire situation? Mr. Markovsky and Chancellor Eisen will discuss and address this critically important topic.

dmDavid Makovsky is the coauthor with Dennis Ross of the 2009 book Myths, Illusions & Peace: Finding a New Direction in the Middle East. Mr. Makovsky’s commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. He appears frequently in the media, including on PBS NewsHour, and is the former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post.

aeOne of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, Arnold Eisen is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his inauguration in 2007, Professor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership. He is currently writing a book that probes new possibilities for the meaning of Zionism.

The event is open to the community at no charge. For further information, please contact Adas Israel Congregation at (202) 362-4433 or carol.ansell@adasisrael.org.