The Past, Present, and Future of the Pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A Conversation with Ghaith al-Omari and Dov Weissglas

Ghaith-al-OmariConversation “The Past, Present, and Future of the Pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian Peace”

Tuesday, March 28 |5:00 – 6:45 pm 

Rhodes Conference Room (Sanford 223)

Duke University

Ghaith al-Omari, a senior fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship, is the former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. He served as advisor to the negotiating team during the 1999–2001 permanent-status talks in addition to holding various other positions within the Palestinian Authority.

Dov Weissglas is an Israeli lawyer and businessman who has been closely linked with the Middle Peace process, particularly under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In 2002, Weissglas was appointed Director-General of the Prime Minister’s Office under Ariel Sharon, serving until August 2004. In this role, he served as a diplomatic delegate for negotiating with U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and was one of the key architects of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza. After his term finished in 2004, he continued to act as a special adviser to the Prime Minister for the rest of Sharon’s term, and he remained in this role under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after Sharon’s stroke until his resignation in June 2006, when he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bezeq.

Sponsored by Duke Program in American Grand Strategy