Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to request admitting the State of Palestine as a full member state. America’s veto power renders their bid largely symbolic, but there could be leverage gained– like indirect recognition of statehood– in the process. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, can this plea to the international community be the only path left to a two-state solution, or have the Palestinians set the peace process back by bypassing negotiations?"
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti
Palestinian democracy activist Mustafa Barghouti was a candidate for the presidency of the Palestinian National Authority in 2005, finishing second to Mahmoud Abbas, with 19% of the vote. A medical doctor trained in the former Soviet Union and Jerusalem, he also received a degree in management from Stanford University in the United States, as a Sloan Fellow. Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, Barghouti is Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, a movement that campaigns for political reforms.
John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News Nightline. He has served as ABC White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.
Dore Gold is a world renowned expert on Middle Eastern affairs, a bestselling author, and an accomplished diplomat. During his career as the Prime Minister of Israel's Foreign Policy Adviser and later as Ambassador to the United Nations, Gold distinguished himself in negotiations with world leaders which included the President of the United States, the US Secretary of State, and the British Foreign Secretary. He also served as a special envoy to the leaders of Arab states.
Daniel Levy is a senior fellow and director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative at The Century Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. He was the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative and prior to joining The Century Foundation was directing policy planning and international efforts at the Geneva Campaign Headquarters in Tel Aviv.
In 2003, he worked as an analyst for the International Crisis Group Middle East Program. During the Barak Government, he worked in the Prime Minister's Office as special adviser and head of the Jerusalem Affairs unit under Minister Haim Ramon. From March 2000 to March 2001, he worked as senior policy adviser to former Israeli Minister of Justice, Yossi Beilin, where he was responsible for coordinating policy on various issues including peace negotiations, civil and human rights, and the Palestinian minority in Israel. He was a member of the official Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001, and previously served on the negotiating team to the "Oslo B" Agreement from May to September 1995, under Prime Minister Rabin.
He received a Bachelors and Masters with Honors from King's College, Cambridge; he was awarded prizes in Social and Political Science and was Scholar of the College. He has published extensively in a broad range of publications including Ha'aretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Boston Globe, United Press International, The American Prospect, The International Herald Tribune, TPMCafe.com, and The Evening Standard.
Aaron David Miller
Aaron David Miller joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as a Public Policy Fellow in January 2006. For the prior two decades, he served at the Department of State as an adviser to six secretaries of state, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Adviser for Arab-Israeli Negotiations. He has received the department's Distinguished, Superior and Meritorious Honor awards.
Miller received his doctorate in American Diplomatic and Middle East History from the University of Michigan in 1977 and joined the State Department the following year. During 1982 and 1983, he was a Council on Foreign Relations fellow and a resident scholar at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 1984 he served a temporary tour at the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Between 1998 and 2000, Miller served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. After leaving the State Department, Miller served as president of Seeds of Peace from January 2003 until January 2006. Seeds of Peace is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.
Miller has made numerous appearances on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX News, PBS, National Public Radio, the BBC, CBC, Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera. He has been a featured presenter for the World Economic Forum in Davos and Amman, The City Club of Cleveland, Chatham House, The International Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University and the University of California, Berkeley, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The International Herald Tribune.
He authored his fourth book, The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, in 2008. Miller's other books include The Arab States and the Palestine Question: Between Ideology and Self Interest, The PLO and the Politics of Survival and The Search for Security: Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy, 1939-1949.
Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, argues that admitting Palestine to the United Nations would give Palestine the opportunity to become a fully autonomous state, separate from Israel. Barghouti asserts, "it will send a message to the Israelis that they will not be really free unless Palestinians are also free."
Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former diplomat for the state of Israel, argues that Palestine's unilateral bid for United Nations statehood ignores the concerns of Israel. Gold asserts that Palestine seeks recognition, "without having to recognize my people's right to a nation state, even though I'm being asked to recognize his people's right to a nation state."
Passions run high as Dore Gold, Aaron David Miller, Mustafa Barghouti, and Daniel Levy argue about whether Palestine should be accepted as a U.N. Member state. Moderator John Donvan steps in to cool the fervor that threatened to derail the order of the debate.
Region, at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. It extends east to the Jordan River, north to the border between Israel and Lebanon, west to the Mediterranean, and south to the Negev desert, reaching the Gulf of Aqaba. The political status and geographic area designated by the term have changed considerably over the course of three millennia. The eastern boundary has been particularly fluid, often understood as lying east of the Jordan and extending at times to the edge of the Arabian Desert. A land of sharp contrasts, Palestine includes the Dead Sea, the lowest natural point of elevation on Earth, and mountain peaks higher than 2,000 ft (610 m) above sea level. In the 20th and 21st centuries it has been the object of conflicting claims by Jewish and Arab national movements. The region is sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Settled since early prehistoric times, mainly by Semitic groups, it was occupied in biblical times by the kingdoms of Israel, Judah, and Judaea. It was subsequently held by virtually every power of the Middle East, including the Assyrians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, and Ottomans. It was governed by Britain after the end of World War I (191418)from 1922, under a League of Nations mandateuntil 1948, when the State of Israel was proclaimed. Armies from Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, and Iraq attacked the next day. They were defeated by the Israeli army. SeeIsrael, Jordan, West Bank, and Gaza Strip for later history of the region.
I'm sorry Foxx, but I'll have to disagree with neutrality on this one. Call me a dumb believer all you want, but the entire country of Israel was delivered by God. Palestine has NO rights over it anymore, JUST LIVE WITH IT. Pictures of Jesus
This is ALWAYS a touchy subject, always will be. Which likely the reason why NO ONE has commented yet, but has kept quite neutral by pushing that Like button. So I'll just keep my comment neutral too!