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Re-Calculating Annapolis: Understanding the Crisis in Gaza and Southern Israel and Its Impact on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Leading experts provde perspectives on Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian, U.S. and U.N. policy

Co-sponsored by Americans for Peace Now, Churches for Middle East Peace, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Israel Policy Forum, the Arab American Institute, the American Task Force on Palestine and the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

Re-Calculating Annapolis: Understanding the Crisis in Gaza and Southern Israel and Its Impact on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Noon-2:00 pm 

Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2200. 

RSVP to: Feb12eventrsvp@gmail.com

Participants will be:

Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative, former senior policy adviser in the Israeli Prime Minister's office.

Ghaith al-Omari, Advocacy Director for the American Task Force on Palestine, lead Palestinian drafter of the Geneva Initiative, former foreign policy advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Helena Cobban, a veteran writer and author on Israeli-Arab and Palestinian issues, currently an advisor to the Friends Committee on National Legislation and publisher of the "Just World News" weblog, former Beirut-based correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa Program Director for the International Crisis Group, former Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs.

Andrew Whitley, Director of the Representative Office of UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

Amb. Philip Wilcox (Moderator), President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, former U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, and Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counter Terrorism.

Please note that this event meets the criteria of a "widely attended event," as defined under the new House ethics rules: the event is open to the public and is being actively advertised to an audience of non-Hill staff, with the expectation that more than 25 non-Hill staff will attend. If staffers have further questions, they should contact the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct at (202) 225-7103.