Event: ‘Israel and Palestine: After Obama, Waiting for Trump’



TIME: 25th January 2017, 13:00 – 14:00

VENUE: Committee Room 3a, House of Lords,
Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER: Ambassador Arthur Koll
Former Deputy Director-General, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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As the Obama administration draws to a close, there is increasing pressure on Israel. A new UN resolution suggests that the Israeli occupation of some Palestinian territories is unlawful, and outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that Israel’s future as a democracy is at stake. But are these noises just the sound of an administration in its final throes? Or do they represent President Obama’s mistrust of the region? President-elect Trump has implied that he will foster a friendlier relationship with Israel than his predecessor. In the opening days of the new administration, Mr Trump’s moves will be carefully scrutinised for keys as to where his loyalties lie. The world will be watching to see how he plays his hand.

By kind invitation of Lord Turnberg, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Ambassador Arthur Koll. Taking place in the early days of the Trump Presidency, Ambassador Koll will share his unique insight and experience to discuss how Israeli-Palestinian relations might fare under the new regime. He will question whether President Obama was unduly hard on Israel during his final weeks in power, and examine the legacy of his administration in the region. Will President-elect Trump stand against the UN on this matter, as he has indicated that he will do on others? Will he meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to help broker a new peace agreement? Or will he take the lead on that agreement himself?

Ambassador Arthur Koll is the former Deputy Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he concluded his service as the head of the Media and Public Affairs Division. He is a former Ambassador of Israel to the Republic of Serbia and to Montenegro and served as instructor of the National Defence College. Mr. Koll also served as Consul of the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta, USA. He is a lead lecturer and diplomatic advisor for Our Soldiers Speak www.oursoldiersspeak.org .


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