Former domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton will discuss the importance of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and its implications for the broader Middle East. Followed by a discussion with community leaders.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 8 p.m.
Where: Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara
Age limit: Not available
Immediately following his presentation, Mr. Ben-Ami will join leaders of various faiths and community groups for a dialogue on prospects for defusing tensions in that troubled region.
According to Mr. Ben-Ami, the United States can most effectively bring peace to the Middle East by helping to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The next presidential administration has a real chance to lead on the two-state solution,” he said. “It’s a vital national security interest and now is the time to address it.”
Mr. Ben-Ami serves as president of the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group J Street, which supports the peaceful coexistence of Jewish and Palestinian states as a necessary precondition for achieving stability in the Middle East. His 2011 book A New Voice for Israel outlines his organization’s policy prescriptions as well as their religious and humanistic underpinnings.
For additional information, contact Amos Buhai at 310-397-8300 or Amos@jstreet.org. J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. The organization believes that Israel’s Jewish and democratic character depend on a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security as well as the right of the Palestinian people to forge their own identity through statehood.
Event posted Oct. 29, 2012
Last updated Oct. 29, 2012