“What are the implications of regional developments and turmoil on the Palestinian issue?”

Event Description

Al Sharq Forum, in partnership with European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), successfully hosted the Geneva Workshop on question of “What are the implications of regional developments and turmoil on the Palestinian issue?”

See below for the full list of participants and event photos.

The conference report will be released shortly.





MAR 14, 2016

10:00-10:30 Opening session
10:30-12:45 Session I – Revisiting the regional salience of the Palestinian issue
Chair: Galip Dalay
What are the roles and responsibilities of the key regional actors?
What is the nature of the recent Turkish – Israeli talks? Where does Palestine/Gaze issue stand in this new dynamic?
Does the Palestinian cause still matter? Is Israel now normalising its relationships with Arab states without a reference to the Palestinians?
The impact of regional rivalries on internal Palestinian reconciliation
Are there any new players emerging in Palestinian politics? If so, what is their significance for Israel?
A view from Washington – the Palestinian issue in a changing region and the US regional agenday
12:45-14:00 Buffet Lunch
14:00- 16:00 Session II – Gaza, security and possible new openings
Chair: Clayton Swisher
Does a new opening exist between Israel and Hamas? What would that look like?
What next for Gaza and for a regional/international role in Gaza?
16.00-16:30 Tea/coffee break
16:30- 18:30 Session III – International powers and the Palestinian issue. What to push for, what is in the toolkit and what to expect?
Chair: Amjad Atallah
What options are available or should be encouraged with the US, EU, and others?
What could be the value of pursuing a UN Security Council Resolution, Palestinian recognition and other options?
What is likely and preferable in 2016?
18:30- 19:15 Wrap up session – What next? Challenges, opportunities and recommendations.
Chair: Daniel Levy
20.00 Optional dinner for all attendees


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