The Woodrow Wilson Center and The George Washington University will be sponsoring a panel discussion by two distinguished Israeli scholars on the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University and a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will make a presentation on the topic:


Martin Kramer, the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, will comment on Professor Avineri?s presentation. The panel will be moderated by Walter Reich, the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior at The George Washington University and a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Day/Time: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 6th Fl. Auditorium.

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20034. Public Parking is available underneath the Reagan Building; Metro (Federal Triangle stop on Blue/Orange line) or cab recommended.

RSVP: Janine Rowe at the Woodrow Wilson Center by e-mail at rowejm@wwic.si.edu.

Professor Avineri?s perspective is one of several that are developing within Israel in response to the violence that has convulsed the region during the past two months. This violence has challenged Israelis to assess the options available for coexistence and peace. The commentary by Dr. Kramer, and the discussion by the audience, will foster an exploration of not only the option discussed by Professor Avineri?Israeli unilateral disengagement?but also other possible options, both from the Israeli perspective and from the perspectives of Palestinians and others with a deep interest in the effort to find peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

This panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Middle East Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Rabin Chair Forum of The George Washington University and its Elliott School of International Affairs.


Haleh Esfandiari
Consulting Director, Middle East Project, The Woodrow Wilson Center

Walter Reich
Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, The George Washington University and Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center