On December 6, President Trump announced that “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” He added that the State Department would now prepare to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement provoked near universal opposition and condemnation around the world and triggered protests and clashes in the region. East Jerusalem has been under Israeli occupation since 1967 and the Trump administration’s move is a departure from the decades old US position to leave the status of Jerusalem to the final negotiations in the now defunct peace process. While President Trump made a reference to the two-state solution in his speech and the administration is expected to put forward its own peace plan, the Jerusalem announcement appears to complicate the prospects of peace.
Where does this decision leave the prospects of a two-state solution? Can the US still play a constructive role in achieving lasting peace? What are the implications for US interests in the region?
Please join us for a discussion with a panel of distinguished experts on the future of the peace process as well as the regional and global implications of President Trump’s Jerusalem decision.
*A light lunch will be provided.
Khaled Elgindy, Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Joyce Karam, Washington Correspondent, Al-Hayat and The National
Mark Perry, Independent Author and Analyst, Politico and The American Conservative
Moderated by Kilic Kanat, Research Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.