International Board Missions

The International Board of the U.S./Middle East Project regularly undertakes visits and consultations with Middle Eastern and European heads of state and with leaders of their business communities and civil society. Recent missions visited with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, King Abdullah of Jordan, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The subject of these encounters has been Middle East peacemaking, regional economic development, democracy and reform.

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Will Greater Israel Transform into Greater Palestine?

The future for Israelis and Palestinians has never been bleaker than it is now, in the wake of the savage assault by two Palestinians on Jewish worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue.

The trauma of the event falls most heavily on Israelis, for Palestinians in the West Bank have lived for some time now in despair of their future and the future of their children, seeing no end to Israel’s occupation. In contrast, many Israelis have believed that denying millions of Palestinians in the West Bank their right to self-determination and statehood is a “sustainable” state of affairs. This illusion has been shattered by the assault on the Jerusalem synagogue. Israelis are now experiencing some of the insecurity and hopelessness so deeply felt by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, and also by Israel’s Arabs, particularly the ones in East Jerusalem.

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