Panel: The Israeli Elections and their Impact on US/Israeli Relations


Phyllis Bennis, Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute

Mark Perry, Author and Foreign Affairs Analyst


  •  Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Panel begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a panel analyzing the recent Israeli elections and their ramifications on US/Israeli relations. Speakers include Phyllis Bennis and Mark Perry, pane will be moderated by Dr. Edmund Ghareeb.


Biographies of Speakers

Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. She writes and speaks widely across the U.S. and throughout the world on Middle East issues including Palestine-Israel, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and US foreign policy, appearing in the media, lecturing at universities and teach-ins, briefing parliamentarians and government officials. She is a co-founder of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the Iraq-era anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice. She co-chaired the UN-based civil society International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace. Her most recent books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (Olive Branch Pr; 6th Revised edition edition, September 22, 2015),and Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror (Olive Branch Press, July 1, 2015). She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Palestine issues, and was short-listed twice to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Territory.


Mark Perry is a military, intelligence and foreign affairs analyst and writer living in Arlington, Virginia. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Business Insider, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Daily Beast, Slate, and Foreign Policy. He is also a senior contributor to The American Conservative.

Perry is the author of ten critically acclaimed books: Four Stars (Houghton Mifflin, 1989), Eclipse: The Last Days of the CIA (William Morrow & Company, 1992), A Fire In Zion, Inside the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process (William Morrow & Company, 1995), Conceived In Liberty (Viking Penguin, 1998), Lift Up Thy Voice (Viking Penguin in 2001), Twain and Grant (Random House, 2004), Partners in Command (Penguin Press, 2007), Talking To Terrorists (Basic, 2010), The Most Dangerous Man In America (Basic, 2014) and The Pentagon’s Wars (Basic, 2017). He is the recipient of the University of California’s prestigious “Censored Award” for reporting.

Perry is a former Vice President of Jefferson Waterman International, a political consulting firm, is the former co-Director of the Beirut-based Conflicts Forum and served as a senior foreign policy analyst for Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, a leading international humanitarian organization; VVAF co-founded the Nobel Peace Prize winning international landmine campaign. For seventeen years, Perry served as a political advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.



Dr. Edmund Ghareeb has served for over nineteen years as a member of The Palestine Center Committee at The Jerusalem Fund, advising on programs and conferences. An internationally recognized expert on the Middle East, Kurds, Iraq, and media issues, Ghareeb was the first Mustafa Barzani Scholar of Global Kurdish Studies at American University’s Center for Global Peace. He taught at AU for 28 years as well as at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and in Qatar, the University of Virginia, and the George Washington University. He is the author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement (Syracuse University Press, 1981) and The Kurdish Question in Iraq (Syracuse University Press, 1982), and the co-author of War in the Gulf (Oxford University Press, 2001)and The Historical Dictionary of Iraq (Scarecrow Press, 2013). Ghareeb is also the editor of Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media (Middle East Policy Council, 1983), the first book to explore how the American media covers Arabs and Arab affairs. He was translator and editor, with Naseer Aruri, of Enemy of the Sun (Drum and Spear Press, 1970), an anthology of modern Palestinian poetry. Ghareeb has written and lectured extensively on U.S. policy toward the Middle East, Iraq, the Kurds, and Gulf politics, U.S.-Arab relations, Arab-Americans, the American media’s coverage of the Middle East, and the information revolution in the Arab world. He worked as a journalist for a number of years and has been interviewed widely by major American, Arab, European, and Asian media outlets.


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