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PROSPECTS FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE: AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT ISRAELI POLITICS, THE DIPLOMATIC HORIZON AND T

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On the heels of the American election and with the Israeli elections on the horizon, please join President of J Street Jeremy Ben-Ami and Ophir Pines-Paz for a discussion on how a new Congress and reshuffled Administration may shape the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Ophir Pines Paz and Jeremy ben-Ami will speak specifically to the manner in which the politics on the ground in Israel and the US stand to impact the peace process.

Ophir Pines-Paz Bio:

J Street is proud to welcome a stalwart Israeli advocate of the two-state solution: Ophir Pines Paz. In his 14 year career in the Knesset, Pines Paz earned a reputation from political allies and adversaries alike as one of the most principled leaders in Israeli politics. Pines Paz, who served as General Secretary of the Labor Party from 2001 to 2003, made waves when he resigned from the Knesset in 2010 after then-Labor Leader Ehud Barak elected to join Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition. Pines Paz said of his resignation, “I got to the point where I feel I cannot reconcile my values with sitting in the Knesset. In the choice between clinging to the chair and keeping values, I choose keeping the values.”

Pines Paz, who has been on Israeli insiders’ short list of likely future prime ministers, was a tireless promoter of a two-state solution throughout his time in the Knesset. His political career included stints in two Israeli governments, where he was known to push Israeli leaders of all political persuasions to prioritize peace negotiations.

Pines Paz currently heads the Institute for Local Governance at Tel Aviv University Social Science School and is a member of J Street’s Israel Board. Having also served as a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics in 2010, he is uniquely qualified to speak about the political climate in the US and Israel as it relates to two-state peace.

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