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A Failure to Learn from Past Mistakes: The State Department’s Continuous Insistence on a Palestinian State

February 21 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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As this is being written, the State Department is busy submitting plans for a Palestinian State, to be erected after the war. National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan has spoken about a contiguous Palestinian state, stretching from Gaza through Judea and Samaria, (the West Bank). He has also spoken about a “revamped and revised” Palestinian Authority.

What guarantees do we have that this state will not become a proxy of Iran? How are we to be assured that, even assuming the Palestinian Authority were to be “revamped and revised”, what guarantee do we have that power would not change hands and this entity would not become another jihadist state in the middle of Israel, making the very survival of Israel extremely difficult, and giving it indefensible borders? Can the State Department do this without the consent of the Israeli government and the Israeli public?

Here to answer these questions and more is Dr. David Wurmser.

About the Speaker: Dr. David Wurmser is the Director of Middle East Studies and a Senior Scholar at the Center for Security Policy, as well as a Fellow at the Misgav Institute for National Security and Zionist Strategy. David has served as Middle East Advisor to Former Vice President Dick Cheney and as Special Assistant to Former National Security Advisor and UN Ambassador John Bolton. He also served in the US Navy Reserve as an intelligence officer at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. David is also the Founder of the Delphi Global Analysis Group.

Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, Dr. Wurmser consulted until January 2002 for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the U.S. Department of Defense on a war‐related classified project on understanding the nature and strategic significance of terrorist group networks and their interactions with states. Before entering government, Dr. Wurmser founded the Middle East studies program at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in 1996. While at AEI Dr. Wurmser published the book, “ Tyranny’s Ally: America’s Failure to Defeat Saddam Hussein.”

David received his Bachelor’s degree, his M.A., as well as his Ph.D from the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his book, he has also been published in The Wall Stret Journal, The Financial Times and Commentary Magazine.

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February 21
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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