What Next for Palestine and the Palestinians?

On June 6, 2017, Al-Shabaka Executive Director Nadia Hijab joined a panel of experts at the Arab Center Washington (ACW) to discuss the current situation and the future of Palestine and the Palestinians. Introducing the program, ACW’s Executive Director, Khalil Jahshan, remarked that in looking at the fifty years since the June 1967 War, one discerns many changes and developments in the conflict, yet there are some intransigent realities. The world is still trying to find a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse. The new Trump Administration, he added, is not likely capable of changing this scenario. For its part, the Palestinian leadership has failed in formulating a successful strategy, as the Israelis continue their illegal settlement building. “It is largely accepted by many in the field,” he said, “that the concept of two states has become virtually impossible to realize. The Israeli occupation has become even more entrenched and Israeli leaders make contradictory statements about exchanging land for peace.”

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