The Forgotten Roots of the Middle East Conflict

Oren Kessler

Topic: The Forgotten Roots of the Middle East Conflict
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Place: Irondequoit Country Club: 4045 East Ave. [14618]
Time: 6:00 Cocktails; 7:00 Dinner; 8:00 Speaker Presentation
followed by Q and A
Cost: $55 per person, buffet style. Cash Bar
: Buffet style – 2 protein options, 1 vegetarian option

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Is there a more timely speaker and topic than Oren Kessler, a local American, residing in Tel Aviv, informing us about the complex and forgotten roots of the Middle East conflict? When Hamas brutally attacked a surprised Israel just two weeks ago, the ongoing historic issues suddenly surfaced again. Palestine’s complex history goes back centuries but in more recent times, in the decade after WWI, the negotiations concerning the creation of a home for the Jews dragged on. But not long after the end of WWII, this intense dialogue eventually led to Israel declaring itself a nation in 1948. The destiny of what was left of the territory known as Palestine has remained undetermined, all these years. We look forward to Mr. Kessler leading us through this complex history.

Oren Kessler is a journalist and political analyst, born and raised in Rochester and currently based in Tel Aviv. He has served as deputy director for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, as Middle East research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society in Lon-don, and Arab affairs correspondent for the Jerusalem Post. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto, an MA in diplomacy and conflict studies from Reichman University in Israel. Palestine 1936 is his first book.

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