This episode is an edited version that Americans for Peace Now held with Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann on February 28th, 2020.
Danny is the director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an Israeli non-profit that works to identify and track the full spectrum of developments in Jerusalem relating to Israeli-Palestinian, Jewish-Arab relations, with an emphasis on developments that could impact a final-status peace resolution to the conflict in and around Jerusalem.
This briefing call examines the Israeli government’s policy of creating wedge settlements around East Jerusalem to deny a contiguity to a future Palestinian state.
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This episode features a talk by Arye (Arik) Carmon, the founder and former director of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).
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John Lyndon is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), an umbrella that brings together over 100 organizations in Israel and the West Bank to assist them with funding, capacity building, visibility, and impact.
John talked about issues directly related to ALLMEP and its activity, and explored the ways in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out in Europe, particularly in the wake of President Trump's vision for Israeli-Palestinian relations.
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During his term as US ambassador to Israel between 2001 and 2005, Daniel (Dan) Kurtzer spent time trying (and failing) to devise ground rules for limiting West Bank settlement construction. His efforts, at the time, were to minimize Israeli facts on the ground of the West Bank in order to maximize prospects for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Donald Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in contrast, will represent the United States on a joint US-Israeli committee that will help the Israeli government create the most consequential facts on the ground of the West Bank since Israel captured it in 1967: defining the areas in the West Bank that will be annexed by Israel.
Ambassador Kurtzer, who today is a professor at Princeton University is the guest of this episode.
Ambassador Kurtzer’s bio: https://wws.princeton.edu/faculty-research/faculty/dkurtzer
Ambassador Kurtzer’s 2010 American Interest article: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2010/03/01/behind-the-settlements/
Dan Rothem’s rendering of Trump’s map: https://centerpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/From-Peace-to-Prosperity-Recreation-with-population.pdf