Is Peace still Possible between Israelis and Palestinians?

May 26th,2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Baher Ghosheh,Ph.D.

More than thirty years after the Peace Process was launched and the Oslo Accords were signed, peace in the Middle East is as elusive as ever. Israelis and Palestinians have not even attempted to negotiate in years.  Israel's unity government has agreed not to pursue any negotiations for fear of collapse of the fragile coalition government. The Palestinian Authority has no credibility among most Palestinians and the situation on the ground is very tense. Jewish settlements continue to swallow more of the West Bank and Israel's policies in the Occupied Territories have been condemned by the UN as Apartheid policies. The Biden administration renewed America's commitment to the Two State solution. Is Peace still possible? What would it look like? We will discuss the situation in light on regional and international changes that might five a glimmer of hope that peace might finally come to the Holy Land.


Covid-19 policies will be in effect throughout programming, please review the JES Covid-19 policy here. Patrons will need to show their vaccination cards or proof of a negative test. Face masks will no longer be required for patrons, but are encouraged.

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Baher Ghosheh,Ph.D.

Dr. Baher Ghosheh holds a Ph.D. in Economic Development from SUNY-Buffalo and has been a Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, cultural and economic Geography at Edinboro University since 1989. He has graduate degrees in International Relations/Middle Eastern Studies, International Trade, and Comparative Economic Development. A native of Jerusalem, Dr. Ghosheh has lived in eight countries, traveled to fifty-nine countries, and has taught in Japan, China, Russia, Italy, and Morocco. He has authored one book, book chapters on Russia and the Middle East, and 60+ articles on the Middle East, Asia, and Japan. He was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research in Malaysia and Singapore and was selected as the Pennsylvania Geographer of the Year and Edinboro University’s Educator of the Year. He serves on the JES Board of Trustees. As a scholar-in-residence at the Jefferson Educational Society, he is currently working on a book focusing on Demographic Trends and Immigration Patterns in Erie, Pennsylvania 1960-2020.