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Palestine's U.N. Gambit

Palestine's U.N. Gambit Is There a Positive and Is There a Point? Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm 2010 saw the longest ever effort (21 months) to resume Israel-Palestinian peace talks followed by the shortest ever talks (30 days). Finding little hope in continuing with the status quo process, the Palestinian leadership intends to take their case to the United Nations in September. With that as a backdrop, the New America Foundation's Middle East Task Force is pleased to host a delegation of Palestinian business and civil society leaders who will look at the diplomatic, political, and legal aspects involved with the U.N. move. The move coincides with the end deadline of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's 2-year building of the institutions of future statehood. Can Palestine now be considered 'state-ready'? On the legal front, what are the ramifications of the Palestinian move for the international community, for the U.S., and for Israel? Politically and diplomatically, what do Palestinians envision for the day after a resolution at the U.N.? What do they hope to achieve? This event will include short opening comments by this multifaceted Palestinian delegation followed by a larger discussion. It will also be an opportunity to welcome the new Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force, Leila Hilal. Participants Featured Speakers Zahi Khouri Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Palestinian National Beverage Company (NBC) Hiba Husseini Managing Partner, West Bank law firm 'Husseini & Husseini' Chair, Legal Committee to Final Status Negotiations Between the Palestinian and Israelis Amb. Hind Khoury Former Palestinian Ambassador to France Former Palestinian Cabinet Minister, Jerusalem Affairs Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb Pastor, EvangelicalLutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem President, Diyar (Palestinian NGO) Wassim Khazmo Senior Policy Advisor, Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit Moderator Daniel Levy Co-Director, Middle East Task Force New America Foundation Closing comments Leila Hilal Director, Middle East Task Force New America Foundation
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