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Are Iran and Israel Going to War in Syria and Lebanon?

Last week, tensions exploded along the Israeli-Syrian border in a sequence of historic firsts: an Iranian drone penetrated Israeli airspace; Israel attacked Iranian-manned sites in Syria; Syria shot down an Israeli fighter jet for the first time since 1982; and Israel conducted intensive airstrikes against Syrian air defenses.

The Jerusalem Decision and Middle East Peace

The day the United States declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, I thought of two people who had suffered on opposing sides through decades of strife between Israelis and Palestinians.

As an ABC News Correspondent, I met them and reported their stories in 1977, when Anwar Sadat visited Jerusalem on his way to an Egyptian-Isralie peace treaty, and five years later, in 1982, when Palestinians were still looking to recover land lost in the June, 1967 Six-Day War.

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Implications and Consequences

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel carries profound consequences for U.S. policy, relations with the Arab world, the international community, and the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

In this conversation, three veteran observers and analysts of the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli arena interpret the change in U.S. policy and its consequences for the region.


Parsing President Trump’s Jerusalem Move

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital has elicited responses ranging from applause to warnings of war. Wilson Center President Jane Harman and Middle East Program Director Aaron David Miller offered two different perspectives on an issue whose ramifications will be felt for years to come.

President Trump Was “Right to Push”

Jane Harman on BBC

An American Journalist Looks Back: Sadat, Begin, and the Palestinians, The Gamble That Helped Spawn a 40-Year Peace

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (left) and Prime Minister Menachem Begin in serious talks at the King David Hotel dinner in Jerusalem, 1977. Courtesy of the Press Office of the Government of Israel.

A Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority

On November 30, 2017, the Wilson Center's Middle East Program held ‘A Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority’ as a part of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum. Fayyad is a Palestinian politician and former prime minister and finance minister of the Palestinian Authority. Jane Harman, the Wilson Center's Director, President, and CEO provided an introduction.