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Thursday, October 3, 2013
20 Years After Oslo: Time to Reassess Paradigms, Dr. Daniel Pipes, Jonathan Tobin, and Amb. Yoram Ettinger, Skyping in Israeli MK Danny Danon

October 3rd, 2013

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The Oslo Accords were signed in on September 13th, 1993, intended to usher in an end to terror, and a period of peace making between Israel and a legitimate authority of the Palestinian people. Unfortunately, the subsquent years proved to be filled with less peace and less stability. The establishment of Palestinian Authority infrastructure and their rule over actual territory has resulted in Palestinian security forces doubling as terrorists, and authority-run media which conducts continued incitement against Israel and the Jewish people.

Since the signing of the Accords, the Palestinian cause has been split between the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the territory of Judea and Samaria, and the Hamas-controlled proto-statelet of Gaza, under Islamist rule. Instead of one Palestinian interlocutor which could be treated with in order to produce a lasting peace, the two factions struggle for dominance, neither committed to a true and lasting peace.

Meanwhile the region itself has changed dramatically. Regimes once thought of as pillars of the Middle East, such as Assad in Syria, and Mubarak in Egypt are struggling for power, or already ousted. The rise of Islamism, always a force of Arab politics, now in a position where it may control real territory for the first time. Now twenty years later, even some of the most stringent supporters of Oslo have been forced to admit that the Accords were, and are, an abject failure.

The question The Endowment for Middle East Truth now proposes is, “What lessons should be learned from the Oslo Accords, and what comes next?”

To help us answer that question, EMET is convening a panel with four of the best and brightest American and Israeli observers of the Peace Process. They’ll walk us through, why Oslo failed, what could have been done differently, and what should be done in order to move forward.


Danny Danon: Deputy Speaker of the 18th Israeli Knesset, Chairman of the Likud Party Central Committee, and Deputy Minister of Defense. MK Danon is widely consider a powerful force in Israeli politics, Daniel Pipes described Danon in a recent Washington Times piece, as “not being an ordinary politican…” but possessing “a devotion to principle, a mastery of tactics, and the ability to articulate a vision…” having “remained true to the core principles of his party and his country.”  MK Danon is the author of Israel:Will to Prevail (Palgrave, 2012), which articulates a vision for a new Israeli foreign policy.

Daniel Pipes: A former official in the U.S. departments of State and Defense, Daniel Pipes has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, the U.S. Naval War College, and Pepperdine University. Mr. Pipes is the author of twelve books on the Middle East, Islam, and other political topics. He writes a bi-weekly column for many newspapers and leading Internet sites; his writings have been translated into 35 languages. Mr. Pipes frequently discusses current issues on television and radio. He has received two Presidential appointments, has testified before many congressional committees, and has served on five presidential campaigns.

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger: Ambassador (ret.) Ettinger is an insider on US-Israel relations, Mideast politics and overseas investments in Israel’s high tech.  He is a member of the American-Israel Demographic Research Group (AIDRG), which has documented dramatic flaws behind demographic fatalism on one hand and a Jewish demographic momentum on the other hand. He serves as a consultant to members of Israel’s Cabinet and Knesset, and regularly briefs US legislators and their staff on Israel’s contribution to vital US interests, on the root causes of international terrorism and on other issues of bilateral concern. Ambassador (ret.) Ettinger served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel’s Embassy in Washington (with a rank of an ambassador), Israel’s Consul General in Houston and Director of Israel’s Government Press Office.

Jonathan Tobin: Jonathan S. Tobin is Senior Online Editor of Commentary magazine as well as serving as chief politics blogger. From January 2009 to April 2011, he was executive editor of the magazine. Prior to coming to Commentary, Tobin was editor in chief of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia and the Connecticut Jewish Ledger. His writing has appeared in the New York Post, the Jerusalem Post, the Weekly Standard, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today and many other publications. In 2006, he received the unique distinction of being named both the best editorial columnist and the best arts critic in Philadelphia by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has lectured on campuses and to organizations around the country and has appeared on CNN, FOX News Channel, the FOX Business Channel, the BBC, PBS, Pacifica and numerous other media outlets.

Lunch (All Dietary Laws Observed)

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Disobedience at Cinefest

October 3; 7:30 pm

France (2012): Drama; 104 min

In June 1940, when Nazi troops invaded France, an amazing rescue operation sprang into being. One man, on his own, defying the direct orders of his government, chose to grant visas out of Occupied France to an estimated 30,000 refugees, including around 10,000 Jews. This remarkable true story has been described by historians as “‘the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.” The man was Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul in Bordeau.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies Presents A Muslim Perspective on Interreligious Dialogue with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

ICJS Presents A Muslim Perspective on Interreligious Dialogue

with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

7:30 p.m. 

Kraushaar Auditorium

Goucher College

1021 Dulaney Valley Rd.

Baltimore, MD 21204

Renowned author and Muslim leader Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Founder and Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, will discuss the conflicts that arise in a religiously plural world and how these conflicts demand the attention of Muslims, Jews and Christians. He will focus on the specific tensions within Islam and how they shape Muslim relations with Jewish, Christian and other non-Muslim communities.

The presentation will conclude the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies’ yearlong 25th Anniversary Speaker Series.

As a leading Islamic thinker, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has received numerous awards including the Search for Common Ground Award for Interfaith Diplomacy in 2012 and Arianna Huffington’s “2010 Game Changer” Award. TIME magazine named him among the 100 most influential people of the world in April 2011 and he was listed as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 by Foreign Policy magazine.

The event is free, open to the public and will conclude with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf signing copies of his latest book, Moving The Mountain. While not required, reservations made via mkrastel@icjs.org or by phone at 410-494-7161 are appreciated. For more information, visit www.icjs.org/25th-anniversary/speaker-series.

High-resolution images of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf are available at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHWwhov. 

The ICJS is an educational non-profit that engages in the exploration of religious pluralism, examines the intersections of faith traditions and advances interreligious understanding through dialogue and scholarship. Founded by Baltimore corporate leaders over 25 years ago and based in Towson, MD, the ICJS offers programs to clergy, lay leaders and the general public. Each year, hundreds of individuals participate in ICJS seminars, study sessions and intensive courses. Though concentrated in central Maryland, ICJS programming is branching into the D.C. suburbs and has gained a significant presence in Atlanta, GA.

Friday, October 4, 2013 - Sunday, October 6, 2013
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Show Hours:
Friday, October 4: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 5: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, October 6: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission (valid all three days):
- Adults                                    $8 online; $10 at the door
- Children under 12                 free
- Parking                                  free

With more than 250 of the most celebrated artisans from around the country showing and selling their handcrafted work, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will return to the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6. Now in its 39th year, the Festival invites art enthusiasts to meet the jury-selected artists and purchase unique items in functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, leather, wood, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art.

In addition to shopping for early holiday gifts and items for holiday entertaining, visitors can sample and purchase gourmet foods, watch demonstrations from master craftspeople, enjoy live music and participate in interactive children’s entertainment.

For more information, including artist information, directions and admission discounts, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900. Free parking is available on site.

Friday, October 4, 2013
Shabbat Dinner

Join Arden Courts of Pikesville for Shabbat Dinner, the first Friday of each month.  Our next Shabbat Dinner will be Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm.  A traditional meal will be served following the blessing by Rabbi Ariel Welch at Arden Courts.  For more information or to RSVP, contact us at 410-415-5600 or email pikesville@arden-courts.com.

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