J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, having just returned from Israel, will and give his thoughts and impressions on the current crisis and how it relates to the future of the two-state solution.
Opening Night: Saturday, June 7, 7:00PM Pacific / 10:00PM Eastern (Leading to Peace: An Inside View of Mid East Diplomacy Peace talks are on pause, and the Israeli, Palestinian and American governments are all contemplating their next steps. How can the United States reengage in a way that moves the parties forward? What will be the outcome of a potential Fatah-Hamas reconciliation and Palestinian applications to join international bodies? What unilateral steps might Israel take in the absence of negotiations and will they advance the ball? A venerable panel of top political and diplomatic leaders provides the insiders' perspective on where things are headed. And a diverse cross-section of J Street's national leadership joins them to ask the burning questions of the moment. Featuring: Hon. Dr. Salam Fayyad, Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer, Amb. Gabriela Shalev) || What's Next: Sunday, June 8, 8:45AM Pacific / 11:45AM Eastern (The present state of diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict leaves many in the pro-Israel, pro-peace camp wondering what exactly can be done by American activists. We care deeply about the future of the State of Israel. We recognize that ongoing occupation and expanding settlement erode the Jewish and democratic nature of the state. What are potential next steps and strategies for American pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-democracy activists and the organizations that they work in? Should we stay the course? Are there new strategies and tactics? The leaders of some of the major organizations in our movement will share their thoughts and discuss this important set of questions, as well as efforts to promote peace and justice for Israel and the Palestinian people. Panelists: Jeremy Ben-Ami, Founder and President, J Street, Kenneth Bob, J Street Board of Directors and National President, Ameinu , Debra DeLee, President and CEO, Americans for Peace Now, Daniel Sokatch, CEO, New Israel Fund) || What Are Israelis Thinking?: Sunday, June 8, 10:25AM Pacific / 1:25PM Eastern (With the suspension of peace negotiations, what are Israel's options for advancing a safe, democratic homeland for the Jewish people? Are there constructive steps Israeli leadership can take to further a two-state solution? What are the Israeli peace camp and human rights communities' main organizing platforms in the wake of the current impasse? If talks were to resume, can the current coalition even make peace—and SUNDAY, JUNE 8 • 10:25--11:40 AMif not, what will it take to usher in one that can? These and several other hot-button issues will be addressed by a diverse panel of Israeli experts and insiders.Panelists: Boaz Rakocz, Director General, Knesset Social Guard, Anat Saragusti, Director, B'Tselem USA, Ambassador Gabriela Shalev, Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations) || Beyond the Tent: What's the American Jewish Community's Responsibility Towards Israelis Future? Sunday, June 8, 1:00PM Pacific, 4:00PM Eastern (Weeks ago, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations rejected J Street's application for membership and the debate over who speaks for the Jewish community exploded. At the same time, negotiations have stalled and a two-state solution —and the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people—remains vulnerable and unresolved. In this moment of discord and uncertainty, what should the American Jewish community's relationship with Israel look like? What is our responsibility to Israel? Is there space for a broad and critical conversation on Israel in the Jewish community? What should that conversation look like? Panelists: Rabbi Sharon Brous, Founding Rabbi, IKAR, Member of Knesset Merav Michaeli, Labor Party, Dr. David N. Myers, Professor of Jewish History, UCLA) || Peacemaking in a Changing Neighborhood: The Arab Awakening, Iran & Regional Dynamics: Sunday, June 8, 2:45PM Pacific, 5:45PM Eastern (Efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are taking place against a tumultuous backdrop of violence, instability and geo-political repositioning in the Middle East. The tremors of the Arab Awakening continue to shake Israel's neighbors with horrifying bloodshed in Syria and grave political uncertainty in Egypt. Doubt lingers over whether world powers will be able to peaceably resolve serious concerns over Iran's nuclear program, while Gulf Arab states test the waters on new alliances in response to the possibility of a globally re-engaged Iran. A panel of experts on the domestic and regional politics of the Middle East will discuss the historic changes taking place, as well as the implications of such developments for US policy objectives such as the two-state solution, and for Israeli security. Panelists:Rebecca Abou-Chedid, Fellow, Truman National Security Project, Former Amb. Daniel C. Kurtzer, Professor Abbas Milani, Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University)