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Event on Capitol Hill: “Potential Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights”

July 23, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

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The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) Invites You to a Seminar on Capitol Hill:

“Potential Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights”

Monday, July 23th, 2018
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2043
Washington, D.C.

Lunch to be provided. All dietary laws observed.
For those of you who are unable to attend, please watch LIVE on EMET’s Facebook page!




On Monday, Syria claimed to capture a key position overlooking the Golan Heights – an area in the northeastern part of Israel that was taken by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) during the 1967 Six-Day War.  In May, Iranian forces fired rockets from Syria targeting the Golan Heights, and Iran and its proxy Shi’ite militia groups are expanding their presence in southwestern Syria, attempting to establish military bases on the border.  The Iranian expansion-backed by the Assad Regime- could be catastrophic; the Golan Heights provides Israel with a strategic advantage, and if Israel was attacked from Syria, the Golan Heights would give the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) the ability to withstand ground offensives.

Israel annexed the territory in 1981, and the US has previously assured Israel that it supports the annexation, but has not fully recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan. But members of Congress are now encouraging the Trump Administration to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, in order to counter the presence of terrorist groups in the region, and prevent Iran from taking over the territory.

What are the strategic interests of the U.S. in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights?  How would recognition of Israeli sovereignty potentially help stabilize the region?  Please join us as our expert panel explores these questions and more.

About Michael Doran

Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in Middle East security issues.  In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria. He also served in the Bush administration as a senior advisor in the State Department and a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.

Born in Kokomo, Indiana, Doran went to elementary school in Carmel, outside of Indianapolis, before his family moved to Fullerton, California, where he graduated from Sunny Hills High School. He received a B.A. from Stanford and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton.  Before coming to Hudson, Doran was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has also held teaching positions at NYU, Princeton, and the University of Central Florida. His latest book, Ike’s Gamble, was published by Free Press in 2016. He appears frequently on television, and has published extensively in Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Commentary, Mosaic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

About Zvi Hauser

Zvi Hauser is a lawyer and media expert as well as senior fellow at Kohelet. He served as cabinet secretary from 2009 until 2013. Before that, Hauser served as advisor to Netanyahu and to Communication Minister Limor Livnat, as chairman of the Israeli Council for Cable TV and Satellite broadcasting and as senior partner at Goldfarb and Co. law firm. Hauser also served on the boards of the Tel Aviv Port, Mikveh Israel, the Public Council for the Commemoration of Binyamin Zeev Herzl and the National Heritage program.

About Sarah Stern

Sarah Stern is the Founder and President of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, (EMET), an unabashedly pro-Israel and pro-America think tank and policy shop in Washington DC. Sarah has more than 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill, and has helped to draft and pass many pieces of legislation, speeches and congressional resolutions including the Koby Mandell Act which resulted in the opening of an office in the Department of Justice (DOJ) entitled the Office for Justice of Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT); the Syria Accountability Act; and a Resolution in support of Israel’s right to build a security fence and defend her citizens the way they deem appropriate.   Sarah was also instrumental in getting several amendments to Title VI of the Higher Education Opportunities Act in passed in 2008, to correct the anti-American and anti-Israeli biases in Middle East Studies programs that have been funded, at taxpayers’ expense, to a number of U.S. universities.  Sarah’s work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New Republic, The Middle East Quarterly, Israel Hayom, Frontpagemag.com; Breitbart, InFocus, The American Thinker, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, and the Washington Jewish Week, among others. She has appeared on television and radio, and has spoken throughout the country and in Israel on topics including the U.S.-Israel relationship, the Iranian nuclear threat, global terrorism, Post Zionism, the corruption of the Palestinian Authority, and many more related issues.  Sarah is the editor and author of the highly acclaimed book, “Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamist Terrorist Network: America and the West’s Fatal Embrace.” Additionally, she is the author of one novel, “Cherished Illusions,” (2005, Balfour Books), and has written a chapter in Frank Gaffney’s widely acclaimed book, “War Footing” (Naval Press. 2006).

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July 23, 2018
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Ave, between First Ave. NW and South Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20515 United States
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