WashU Hillel to host David Makovsky to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict


David Makovsky

Hillel at Washington University (WashU Hillel) will host policy expert David Makovsky for a lecture entitled, “Israel, Palestinians & the Arab World: What is Truly Attainable?” on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 7:30 pm. The event will take place at the Brown School of Social Work’s Hillman Hall, Room 70, on the Washington University campus. A light reception will follow at WashU Hillel directly across the street (6300 Forsyth Blvd.). Parking is available in Hillel’s rear lot or in the East End Garage adjacent to Hillman Hall.

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Discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often generates more heat than light, obscuring the complex details and hard choices that make up effective policymaking and peacebuilding. From far away, it is even more difficult to understand the complicated local dynamics which influence each party’s decision-making, let alone how to conduct an accurate and productive discourse.

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Drawing on more than three decades of experience as a journalist, author, and analyst of Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the U.S.-Israel relationship, The Washington Institute scholar and former member of the U.S. peace negotiation team, David Makovsky, will explore the current state of the conflict, analyze the discourse on it in Israel and the United States, and outline how policymakers approach the situation pragmatically. Makovsky will also touch on the ever-changing political landscape in Israel and recent events.

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To register for the event, visit www.washuhillel.org/IsraelWeek.

This event is part of WashU Hillel’s weeklong series of activities celebrating Israel’s 75th Independence Day. Other activities will include an Aroma Café “pop-up” on campus, Israeli-themed Shabbat dinner, and IFest—Hillel’s annual Israel festival celebrating Israeli culture in the center of WashU Hillel’s residential community with close to 1,000 student participants anticipated this year.

The April 19th lecture is underwritten by Hillel International and WashU Hillel’s Harry and Mary Neuman Endowment Fund with support from St. Louis Friends of Israel.

For more information, contact Rabbi Jordan Gerson, WashUHillel’s Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi and Chief Experience Officer, at [email protected].