Since the Six Day War, history has unfurled in the Middle East at a rapid pace, impacting generations of Israelis, Palestinians and, indeed, the entire region.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer will moderate a discussion among several Israeli thought leaders and activists on the social, political and religious challenges - and opportunities - for Israel in the next 50 years.
Co-presented by CJP and JCC Greater Boston as a program of the CommUNITY Israel Dialogue and the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series.
Photo: Six day war. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, Chief of staff Yitzhak Rabin, Gen. Rehavam Zeevi (R) And Gen. Narkis in the old city of Jerusalem.
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BIO: Daniel Kurtzer
Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S.Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister. From 2001-2005 he served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. He remains active in Track II diplomacy related to the Middle East. Kurtzer was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry to serve on the Secretary's Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Governor Chris Christie has appointed Kurtzer to serve on the New Jersey-Israel State Commission. Previously, Kurtzer served as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, and as a member of the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association's Middle East Rule of Law Initiative. In 2007, he was named as the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League. He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East; co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011; and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Ph.D. Columbia University.
BIO: Gadi Baltiansky
Gadi Baltiansky is the director general of H.L. Education for Peace— Geneva Initiative, based in Tel Aviv. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as Press Secretary to Prime Minister Ehud Barak. In this capacity, he was in charge of the public aspects of Israel’s security and foreign affairs in general and the peace process in particular. He was an official member of the Israeli negotiating teams opposite Syria and the Palestinians and, as such, participated in numerous summits, meetings and events in the international arena. From 1995 to 1998, Baltiansky served as Press Counselor at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, prior to which he served as advisor to the Deputy Foreign Minister (1994-5), Vice Consul in Miami, Florida (1991-3) and assistant to the Director General (1990-1). He previously worked as a journalist in Yediot Aharonot. He holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in political science and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
BIO: Dr. Daniel Gordis
Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. He writes a regular column — “A Dose of Nuance” — for the Jerusalem Post, and is also a regular columnist for Bloomberg View. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States. Dr. Gordis joined Shalem in 2007 to help found Israel’s first liberal arts college, after spending nine years as vice president of the Mandel Foundation in Israel and director of its Leadership Institute.
BIO: Eve Harow
Eve Harow is an advocate for Israel, it’s history, people and land. She guides individuals and groups throughout Israel, broadcasts on internet radio as Director of Tourism for One Israel Fund, and as a popular guest speaker and Israeli spokesperson in many global media forums.
BIO: Sana Ibn Bari
Sana Ibn Bari joined ACRI’s Arab Minority Rights Unit in November 2014, and is responsible for the rights of the Naqab- Negev Arab Bedouin in the Unit. She has taught at the legal feminism clinic at Haifa University, where she also obtained her Master’s in Law in 2013. She obtained her LLB from the Academic Center of Law & Business in Ramat Gan in 2009. Ms. Ibn Bari has participated in several delegations to the U.N., representing the Negev Arab Bedouin community in several United Nations forums, such as the U.N. Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues and the U.N. Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Additionally, in 2013 she participated in a conference at the European Parliament dealing with the Prawer Begin Plan. Ms. Ibn Bari’s main fields of work focus primarily on the specific problems confronting the Naqab-Negev, as well as on women’s issues within the Arab Bedouin community.