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President Trump just completed his trip to Israel, where he reaffirmed the United States’ support for the Jewish State, and declared that Israelis and Palestinians are “ready for peace.”
To discuss the Trump Administration’s “peace” plans, EMET is proud to host Gregg Roman, the Director of the Middle East Forum (MEF). Mr. Roman will also be discussing the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC), that the MEF has helped establish on Capitol Hill. The caucus’ goal: to introduce a new U.S. approach to Israel-Palestinian relations.
Since 1988, every U.S. administration has invested in Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, but nearly three decades of failure strongly suggest that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations need rethinking. The caucus calls for a new U.S. approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ending the emphasis on Israel making “painful concessions” and instead putting the onus on Palestinians – they must give up the goal of destroying Israel and recognize Israel as the Jewish state.
The result will be beneficial for both Israel (which will no longer face a rejectionist enemy) and the Palestinians (who can start to build their own polity, economy, society, and culture).
CIVC builds on ideas promoted by the Middle East Forum that are now gaining support among analysts, in the U.S. Congress, in the executive branch, and in Israel.
About Gregg Roman: Gregg Roman functions as the chief operations officer for the Middle East Forum, responsible for day-to-day management, communications, and financial resource development. Mr. Roman previously served as director of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. In 2014, he was named one of the ten most inspiring global Jewish leaders by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He previously served as the political advisor to the deputy foreign minister of Israel and worked for the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Mr. Roman is a frequent speaker at venues around the world, often appears on television, and has written for the Hill, the Forward, the Albany Times-Union, and other publications. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, where he studied national security studies and political communications.