Posted on November 28, 2007 in Press Releases

WASHINGTON – November 28, 2007 – The Arab American Institute (AAI) is co-sponsoring a Capitol Hill briefing, entitled “Digesting Annapolis: What Happened, What It Means, What Happens Next?”, on Thursday, November 29 from 12 to 2 p.m. The briefing will be a roundtable discussion featuring leading American, Israeli, and Palestinian former negotiators, experts, and opinion shapers.

AAI is co-sponsoring the event with the American Task Force on Palestine, Americans for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Israel Policy Forum, Churches for Middle East Peace, and the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

WHAT: Roundtable discussion entitled “Digesting Annapolis: What Happened, What It Means, What Happens Next”

WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 12 – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255

WHO: Roundtable participants include:

Gavri Bargil, Director General of the Kibbutz Movement, leading activist in the Meretz party, former Peace Now Executive Director.

Ghaith al-Omari, Advocacy Director for the American Task Force on Palestine, lead Palestinian drafter of the Geneva Initiative, former foreign policy advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Scott Lasensky, co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace (USIP Press, 2008), Director of USIP’s initiative on Iraq and Its Neighbors, co-director of USIP’s Study Group on Arab-Israeli Peacemaking.

Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, former Israeli negotiator and former senior policy adviser in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, member of the Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations in January 2001 and member of the negotiating team to the “Oslo B” Agreement from May to September 1995, lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative.

Greg Khalil, lawyer and legal advisor with the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Negotiations Support Unit (NSU) since 2004.

Phil Wilcox (Moderator), President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, former U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, and Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counter Terrorism.

RSVP: Andy Sabino, AAI Public Affairs Coordinator, at 202-429-9210 ext. 26 or


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