Date: Thursday, June 21, 11:30-13:00
Location: Oren 3 Hall
Israel has just turned 64, but its final borders have yet to be established. Many factors must be taken into account when outlining the border with the Palestinians: security, demographics, holy sites, settlement blocs and the necessity to relocate settlers, control over water and other natural resources, and more. Renewing the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will require both parties to engage in painful deliberations about these complex matters. What border should Israel aim for? Is it possible that a border be delineated in a manner that is acceptable to the Palestinians while maintaining Israeli interests? Can a border be fixed unilaterally?
Border experts from the Right and the Left will present their ideas on Israel's borders of tomorrow, presenting their ideas with advanced multimedia technology, thus enabling the audience not only to listen to the various proposals, but also to visualize their implications on the ground.
Mr. Nir Hefez, Israel - Chief Editor, Ma’ariv daily newspaper; former Chief Editor, Yediot Communications; former Editor, 7 Days magazine, Yediot Aharonot newspaper; Head, National Public Diplomacy Department, Media Advisor to the Prime Minister. Advisor to the Chairman, IDB Group. Co-Author: Israel, to Where (Hebrew 2008), Ariel Sharon: A Life (2005).
Mr. Naftali Bennett, Israel: Founder, Yisraelim Party; former Director General, Yesha Council; former Chief of Staff, Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu (2006-2008); Co-Founder, My Israel Movement; former CEO, Cyota anti-fraud software company.
Ms. Caroline Glick, Israel: Senior Contributing Editor, Jerusalem Post; Head, Israel Security Project, David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles; Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, Center for Security Policy (Washington); Editor in chief, Latma; former Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (1997-1998). Author: Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad, 2008. Recipient: Guardian of Zion Award, BarIlanUniversity; Israel Media Watch’s media criticism award; Ben Hecht Award, Zionist Organization of America.
Mr. David Makovsky, USA: Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Adjunct Professor in Middle East Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Lifetime Member, Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies. Co-Author: Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (with Dennis Ross, 2009).
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ilan Paz, Israel: Senior Strategic Consultant to NGOs (The Economic Cooperation Foundation, The Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research and Information, The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, The Council for Peace and Security); Partner, PJ Trade Ltd.; former Head of the Civil Administration for the West Bank and Jordan Valley; former West Bank Territorial Brigades Commander; former Deputy Commander of the Naval Commando.
Map Presenter & Analyst
Mr. Dan Rothem, Israel - Senior Research Consultant, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace; Expert on Israeli-Arab final status issues. Over the past decade has overseen the development of an extensive electronic map database relating to the conflict, based on Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies. The system contains relevant data for policymakers, allowing precise and instant analysis of options and proposals.
The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew and English.