Is two states for two peoples still a viable solution?

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Date(s) - Saturday, June 8, 2013
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

University of New South Wales


NSW 2052


Two states for two peoples is the solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict accepted by the West and the majority of Israelis. But are separate Israeli and Palestinian states still the answer? Is it still a viable policy goal or merely an illusion? What role do settlements play? Demographics? How to deal with the fact that Gaza and the West Bank are far from being a united Palestinian entity? Where to from here?


Hilton Immerman
Dr Hilton Immerman is the CEO of The Shalom Institute at the University of NSW. He has seven degrees from four continents. One of his academic interests is the Jew in English literature. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004 and a Honorary Fellowship from UNSW in 2012.


Gershon Baskin
Gershon Baskin was the initiator and the person responsible for the secret back-channel between Israel and Hamas negotiating the release of Israeli abducted soldier Gilad Schalit. Gershon is the founder and co-chairman of the Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Israeli – Palestinian public-policy think and “do”-tank located in Jerusalem. He served as an advisor on the Israeli – Palestinian peace process to a secret team of intelligence officers established by Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and was a member of the Jerusalem Experts Committee established by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office during the Final Status Negotiations in 2000-2001. Gershon holds a PhD and is a member of the steering committee of the Palestinian – Israeli Peace NGO Forum and several other like-minded organisations.

Daniel Gordis
Dr Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center. The author of ten published books – with another scheduled for publication in 2014 – he writes the regular column ‘A Dose of Nuance’ for the Jerusalem Post and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Commentary and other journals in print and online. A recent 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. He moved to Israel from the US in 1998 and lectures around the world. His two most recent acclaimed books are The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness Is Actually Its Greatest Strength and Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End.

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