Shabbat Afternoon Torah Study

Shabbat Afternoon Discussion

Israeli Diplomacy and the Palestinians

Led by Ambassador Richard Schifter

One fascinating aspect of the emerging thaw in relations between Israel and some of the Sunni Arab world is that it is driven by mutual concern over the malign ambitions of Iran, and has taken place without regard to the fact that negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel have been in a deep freeze for years, with no obvious sign of reengaging anytime soon. There is a reason why, in the current environment, Israel is unable to negotiate meaningfully with the PA, and it begins with the PA’s insistence on taking inflexible negotiating positions that effectively demand Israeli national suicide. One such demand is the so-called “Right of Return.” Explore the implications of this Palestinian demand with our own Ambassador Richard Schifter.


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