PeaceCast Episode #140: New Story Leadership Goes Virtual - Young Israeli and Palestinians Leaders

Listen to leading experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on U.S.-Israel relations Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Danny Seidemann, founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem.  Recording is from APN's Zoom webinar from July 2, 2020.

Lara Friedman is the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. She joined FMEP in 2017 after a long career at APN as its director of policy and government relations. Lara is a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with particular expertise on the Israeli-Arab conflict, Israeli settlements, Jerusalem, and the role of Congress in U.S. policy on the Middle East.

Daniel Seidemann is the Daniel Seidemann is an Israeli attorney specializing in Israeli-Palestinian relations, with an emphasis on Jerusalem. He is the founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an NGO that works towards a resolution to the question of Jerusalem that is consistent with the two-state solution.

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LISTEN to the June 29 briefing by Ambassador Daniel Shapiro:


Ambassador Daniel Shapiro analyzed the Trump administration’s policy on annexation and the impact of West Bank annexation on future US-Israeli relations,

Ambassador Shapiro is the former US ambassador to Israel. Currently, he is a distinguished visiting fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies.

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In a Zoom webinar on Friday, June 26, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, the director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, provided an analysis based on recent polling regarding the state of affairs among the Palestinian public and its leadership as Israel moves to annex large swathes of the West.



Pummeled by the Israeli occupation, Palestinian Authority diplomatic ineptness in the West Bank and Hamas governance incompetence in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian public is now facing the specter of West Bank annexation. Mahmoud Abbas’ PLO, utterly committed to two-state diplomacy with Israel, is hard-pressed to respond to this paradigm-changing move by the Israeli government.

Khalil Shikaki is a Professor of Political Science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah, Palestine). Since 2005 he has been a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He finished his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1985, and taught at several Palestinian and American universities.

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The Dove - A Series of Stories from Israeli Journalists


Part I - Oren Cohen: "Chauffeuring in Gaza"

Part II - Anat Saragusti: "Befriending a bomber turned peacenik"

Part III - Gideon Levy: "Collateral Maria"

The Israeli government’s decision to annex large parts of the West Bank is now on the forefront of the political agenda in the public and in the Israeli Knesset. 

Listen to Knesset Member Merav Michaeli of Israel’s Labor Party, who is currently a member of the opposition, discuss annexation on this APN briefing call from Thursday, June 11. 


In her eight years in Israeli politics, following a successful career in television and print journalism, MK Michaeli has established herself as a clear, courageous progressive voice, focusing on peace, social justice, and women’s rights. One of Israel’s leading feminists, Michaeli has been socially active since the late 1990s, when she established a lobbying organization to assist and promote sexual violence victim centers across Israel. As a Knesset member, she has consistently speaks out against the occupation and against the Israeli government’s inaction in pursuit of an end to the occupation.

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PeaceCast Episode #129: "Annexation and Refugees" with Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin

Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin is a public opinion expert, international political and strategic consultant, scholar and writer. In this episode, she talks about Israeli public opinion regarding West Bank annexation and about a new study she authored which offers a set of recommendations for a practical solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, known as the Palestinian right of return.


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RECORDING: "Annexation: The Palestinian Leadership’s Perspective" with Saeb Erekat

Hear the recording of APN's May 22nd briefing call with Dr. Saeb Erekat:

West Bank Annexation: The Palestinian Leadership’s Perspective

Dr. Erekat is Secretary General of the PLO’s Executive Committee and served for many years as the Palestinian chief negotiator with Israel.

Hear him address the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations as a result of the Israeli government decision to annex large parts of the West Bank. Included was discussion on Tuesday's declaration by the Palestinian Authority that agreements with Israel and the US, including those that are security-related, would cease.

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Listen to the Recent PeaceCast Podcast Episodes...

The recent slate of PeaceCast podcasts provide great insight and entertainment,, including:

  • Israeli Memory of the 1948 Palestinian Refugee Problem
  • Daoud Kuttab on the Palestinians and the Israel-UAE Deal
  • Eran Singer on How Israeli Jews Learn Arabic 



The European Union and its members have been following with great trepidation the Israeli government’s statements and plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The EU is strongly committed to the two-state solution, and n the past has warned that it will not recognize Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank and will “act accordingly” if Israel extends its sovereignty to the West Bank.

John Lyndon, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), who is headquartered in Paris, provides excellent information and insight to better understand Europe’s concerns and possible actions about the prospects of West Bank annexation


John Lyndon is the executive director of ALLMEP, an organization that secures and scales up funding to expand trust-building interactions between Palestinians and Israelis.

Based in Paris, France, John was ALLMEP’s first European Director, founding its new office in Paris in 2018. He closely monitors the policy of the European Union and its member states – as well as the policy of other European countries – on Israeli-Palestinian affairs.

A regular contributor and commentator on events in the Middle East, his writing has featured in numerous international publications, and he is a frequent analyst on television and radio shows on this topic. 

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