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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.

The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Based on newly emerged sources, including memoirs of Soviet veterans, Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez challenge conventional concepts and expose the USSR's direct military clash with Israel in the 1960s and '70s.

Jerusalem: Is There a Solution? And Are Israelis and Palestinians Ready for One?

No other issue in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is more fraught and tougher to resolve than Jerusalem. The fate of the city has many dimensions — Jerusalem as a municipality, as a political issue, and as a spiritual and religious one. Is there a comprehensive solution to Jerusalem and are Israelis, Palestinians, and Arabs ready for it? Three veteran analysts with deep knowledge and experience in the politics of the Jerusalem issue discussed the realities on the ground, possible futures for the city, and its role in negotiations.

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A Lesson from the 1981 Raid on Osirak

On the evening of Saturday, June 7, 1981, US Ambassador to Israel Samuel Lewis received an unexpected phone call from Menachem Begin, the Israeli Prime Minister.

Propaganda and Protest during the Six-Day War

Israel’s 1967 war of words with the Soviet Union

During and after the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel waged a propaganda battle against the Soviet Union. Its intensive efforts against Moscow, which can now be reconstructed using files from the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs and stenograms of Israeli government meetings, underscore the diplomatic consequences of the Six-Day War and the break in Soviet-Israeli relations.

Wilson Center Archive Sheds New Light on 1967 Six-Day War

On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, the Wilson Center has released groundbreaking historical documents and testimonies by key Israeli figures which reveal the underlying nuclear dimension of the crisis.

The collection includes the testimony of the late General Yitzhak Ya’akov, which reveals for the first time the existence of a crash effort to assemble Israel’s first nuclear device. This and other materials contained in the collection provide a rare glimpse into the series of events and the mindsets of Israel’s top policymakers on the eve of the war.