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A New Challenge for Palestinians

The looming resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, announced last week, may be very bad news for the prospects of good governance in Palestine. But it has the potential to inject clarity and honesty into the problems of the much-too-promised land. Fayyad's departure may help to dispel four dangerous myths that continue to distort the way different constituencies view the issues that divide the region. It's time we lay them to rest. They are:

Wilson Forum - Allies at Odds: Obama, Netanyahu, and The State of U.S.- Israeli Relations

On this episode of Wilson Forum the state of the U.S. – Israeli relations and the current relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu is discussed. Panelist include David Horovitz, Founding Editor of The Times of Israel, a current affairs website based in Jerusalem and former Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post; Samuel Lewis, career diplomat, former Ambassador to Israel and former President and CEO, U.S.

Israel’s New Government: New Faces, Same Policies?

Yoram Peri, Director of the Joseph B. and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, discussed five myths widely held about Israel’s new government.

On April 12, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a meeting, “Israel’s New Government: New Faces, Same Policies?” with Yoram Peri. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event.

Obama on Syria: Assad Must Go

            President Obama said Syrian President Bashar al Assad has lost his legitimacy and “must go,” during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 20. Obama, on his first presidential visit to Israel, warned that the Syrian regime “will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists.” But he stipulated that more investigation is necessary to determine if chemical weapons were used.

Obama and Netanyahu: The Odd Couple No More?

When President Obama sits down next week with Benjamin Netanyahu during his trip to Israel, they’ll bring a lot more baggage to the meeting than their briefing books.

Media Briefing: Obama Travels to Middle East

On March 20 Barack Obama makes his first trip to Israel as President, also including visits to the West Bank and Jordan. Will this visit help thaw icy relations between Obama and Netanyahu? How will continued violence in Syria factor into the conversation between the two? And how will a new Israeli government affect Netanhayu's position?

Experts on Israel, Arab-Israeli negotiations and U.S.-Middle East relations answered these questions and more in this media briefing call.

Why Kerry's Really Not Visiting Israel

In the normal world of American diplomacy, a trip by a newly minted Secretary of State to the Middle East might have included Israel, particularly in the run-up to the President’s own visit next month.

Unwilling to Wait: Why Activists are Taking the Initiative on the Peace Process

Two youth activists from OneVoice Palestine and OneVoice Israel discussed their activities and imperative as grassroots organizers to compel citizens and policymakers towards a negotiated settlement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Demographic Timebomb? People Power and the Future of Israel as a Jewish State

Sergio DellaPergola, a leading Israeli demographer, presented his findings and prospects on demography for the future of Israel.