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With Aaron David Miller and Sam Donaldson May 1â€“13, 2010
World Leaders Forum Explore the world with the people who shape it.
A highlight of all World Leaders programs is the powerful and unforgettable contribution of speakers and special guests, such as James A. Baker, III, George H.W. Bush, William Perry, Madeleine Albright, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Lech Walesa. Arab-Israeli policy expert Aaron David Miller and veteran newsman Sam Donaldson head an impressive team of government heads, religious leaders, academic scholars, and peace advocates as you explore the complex past, present, and future of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
The 2010 Israel & the Palestinian Authority Forum provides high-level access to the people and places that form the core of one of the world’s most challenging conflicts. Highlights of this program include meetings with prominent guests and dignitaries, private visits to sites that provide context for the educational program, and specially arranged activities that immerse participants in the cultures of the region—an exclusive combination unmatched by any other travel program.
Each World Leaders Forum offers genuine insight into complex and deeply rooted global issues. That awareness and understanding comes from interactions with travelers from America’s leading academic, cultural, and research institutions; while exploring important context and on-the-ground realities with locals; and from personal insights revealed during offthe-record conversations with experts and scholars.
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Left to right: Shimon Peres and Miller; Miller and Yasser Arafat; Wye River Peace Conference; Ariel Sharon, Miller, and interpreter Gamal Helal; Mahmoud Abbas and Miller. All photos courtesy of Aaron David Miller.
or two decades, Aaron David Miller served at the Department of State as an advisor to six secretaries of state, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations. He also served as Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations, senior member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He has received the State Department’s Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards. Mr. Miller received his PhD in American Diplomatic and Middle East History from the University of Michigan in 1977 and joined the State Department the following year. During 1982 and 1983, he was a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow and a resident scholar at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the following year he served a temporary tour at the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Miller was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. After leaving the State Department, he became president of Seeds of Peace—a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence—a position he held from January 2003 until January 2006. Since then he has been a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he wrote The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace.
“Why Israel and Palestine, and why now?” “Having spent the better part of the last 30 years either negotiating the IsraeliPalestinian conflict or writing about it, I can’t remember a time filled with more complexity, hope, and despair than the present. The idea of two states for two peoples stands at a critical crossroads; Israeli and Palestinian politics and the divisions within them are as dynamic as ever; and the entire region from Lebanon to Iran seems driven by the possibilities of change. “This World Leaders Forum offers a unique way to begin to understand the complexities of the ‘much too promised land’ and to gain firsthand experience and exposure to the ideas, leaders, and issues that both drive the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and shape a possible solution. There’s simply no substitute for being there, particularly in a conflict so filled with bias, propaganda, and disinformation. ‘Who are you going to believe,’ Groucho Marx once famously said, ‘me or your lying eyes?’ “Only through the direct experience of meeting Israelis and Palestinians, exploring the real estate they both claim, understanding the holy sites they are contesting, and listening to experts and opinion makers from both sides can you even begin to come to grips with the realities that shape their lives, their hopes, and their fears. “This program, like no other, is designed to provide you with an exclusive experience —an extraordinary journey into the world of one of the most important conflicts of our time.” —Aaron David Miller
Program Moderator Sam Donaldson, a 41-year veteran of ABC News, is one of the preeminent journalists of our time. He has served as chief White House correspondent for ABC News; co-anchor, with Diane Sawyer, of ABC’s PrimeTime Live; co-anchor of This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts; and host of The Sam Donaldson Show - Live in America, a daily news/talk radio program. During his career, Mr. Donaldson has covered breaking news events, reported on a broad range of topics, and conducted scores of interviews with newsmakers including President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including four Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards.
Featured Speakers Please note: Speakers are subject to change, but a full complement of viewpoints, experience, and perspectives will be maintained. In addition to the following list of invited speakers, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, and Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine, have been approached to address Forum participants. Hanan Ashrawi, well-known human rights activist and former Palestinian spokesperson Shlomo Avineri, professor of political science, Hebrew University, and one of the country’s leading political philosophers on political Zionism and contemporary issues Ami Ayalon, the former head of Shin Bet (the equivalent of Israel’s FBI) and arguably the best analyst on Palestinian politics, cofounder (with Sari Nusseibeh) of The People’s Voice Peace Initiative, an Israeli-Palestinian civil society initiative Mustafa Barghouti, prominent Palestinian physician, former member of Parliament, and presidential candidate Nahum Barnea, political journalist for Israel’s largest daily newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, and 2007 recipient of the Israel Prize
Gershon Baskin and Hana Seniora, the Israeli and Palestinian CEOs of the Israeli Palestinian Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), the only joint IsraeliPalestinian public policy think tank in the region
Yossi Beilin, former member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) and head of the Meretz Party
Avraham Burg, former speaker of the Knesset
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James Cunningham, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Major General (ret.) Giora Eiland, former head of the National Security Council
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Dr. Saeb Erekat, Palestinian Chief Negotiator, political science professor, former Minister for Local Government, head of the Negotiations Affairs Department
Avi Gil, former Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Galia Golan, professor of political science specializing in globalization, international crises, and women’s studies, and member of the President’s Council on ReligiousSecular Relations
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Rachel Korazim, Holocaust scholar
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David Horovitz, Israel correspondent for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, former editor of the Jerusalem Report
Efraim Halevy, former director of Mossad, former head of the Israeli National Security Council, and former Israeli Ambassador to the European Union
Dan Meridor, Deputy Israeli Prime Minister Nimrod Novik, director of the American Israel Corporation (Ampal)
Yuval Rabin, Israeli businessman and son of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Daniel Rubinstein, U.S. Consul General Khalil Shikaki, head of the Palestine Center for Policy and Survey Research Yossi Vardi, entrepreneur and founder of 50 high-tech firms Moshe Ya’alon, former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces Ehud Ya’ari, a leading Israel broadcast journalist and television personality and an expert on Arab affairs Featured speakers subject to change
This map is meant as a navigational reference only. It is not intended to endorse any particular bias nor does it presume to determine future borders. It merely attempts to represent current political boundaries.
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ne would be hard pressed to find a topic that elicits as much passion, as many opinions, and—for a subject that has been covered with such unparalleled expansiveness by the international media—as much incomprehension and confusion as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Israel & the Palestinian Authority,” the latest offering in the premier World Leaders series, is the ideal way not only to explore the conflict itself, but also to experience firsthand the land over which this struggle is being waged. Using the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem as a base, participants will explore in depth that complex city and visit Tel Aviv, the Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, the Dead Sea Basin, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jericho, and Hebron. Guest speakers, including prime ministers, presidents, and ambassadors; academics, religious leaders, and business executives; and peace activists and NGO workers from a variety of different factions that make up Israeli and Palestinian society, will address the group at various private functions throughout the program. For participants wishing to further explore this fascinating and complicated part of the world, pre- and post-trip extensions to Israel’s neighbors, Lebanon and Syria to the north, and Jordan to the east, are available. We hope you can join us.
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Itinerary May 1–2, 2010 ` U.S. / Jerusalem, Israel Depart the U.S. on the recommended overnight flight itinerary, or independently, to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport and transfer to Jerusalem. Stop at the Haas Promenade for an opportunity to recite the shehechiyanu, a traditional blessing for entering Jerusalem. Enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner at leisure at the David Citadel Hotel, our home for the duration of this program. Today is the festive Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer. In local neighborhoods and parks this evening, you may observe the bonfires that commemorate the teachings of secondcentury mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. (R)
May 3 ` Jerusalem Gain an overview of Israel as both ancient nation and modern state in an introductory presentation by some of the country’s leading political and religious thinkers. After lunch, embark on one of four optional excursions: (1) the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, including the 2,000-year-old Herodian Mansions, the Davidson Archaeological Park and Southern Wall Excavations, the Kotel (Western Wall), and the Western Wall Tunnel; (2) the Muslim and Christian Quarters of the Old City, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; (3) the Mount of Olives, including the Dominus Flevit Church and the Garden of Gethsemane; or (4) the Tower of David Museum and parts of the Christian and Jewish Quarters. (On May 12, these same excursions will again be offered). (B,L,R,D)
May 4 ` Tel Aviv After a briefing by the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. Consul General to Israel, drive to Tel Aviv to visit the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies and the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial, which marks the spot where Israel’s fifth prime minister was assassinated in 1995. This afternoon choose to (1) experience the Beit Hapalmach museum’s multimedia tribute to Israel’s elite pre-state strike force; (2) take a walking tour of Tel Aviv’s renowned Bauhaus buildings, with a stop at Independence Hall, where Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed in 1948; (3) explore the ancient port of Jaffa, a thriving artists’ community; or (4) explore Tel Aviv’s lovely beachfront promenade. (B,L,D)
May 5 ` Jerusalem Those who wish may make an early-morning visit to the iconic Dome of the Rock. Two morning seminars focus on Israel’s relations with the Palestinians and with the Arab world at large. During lunch with prominent Palestinian guests, explore the geopolitics of Jerusalem, then travel through East Jerusalem to nearby Ma’ale Adumim, the “divided” neighborhood of Abu Tor, and the residential areas of Gilo and Har Homa, built on land annexed by Israel following the 1967 Six-Day War. Also view the controversial barrier and explore some of the political and diplomatic complexities associated with it. (B,L,D)
May 6 ` Mount Carmel / Galilee / Golan Three distinct all-day excursions allow participants to explore (1) Haifa, (2) the Sea of Galilee, or (3) the Golan Heights. 1. In Haifa, visit the Baha’i World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Mahmood Mosque, where the small Ahmadiyaa Muslim community is located. Atop Mt. Carmel at Issfiya, meet with members of the Druze community, and in Nazareth visit the Church of the Annunciation and Mary’s Well, and explore the unique position of Arab Christians within both Israeli and Arab societies. 2. Journey to Kasr El Yahud along the Jordan River, the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus by John. At Kibbutz Ginnosar on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, visit the Yigal Alon Museum, which houses the recently discovered, immaculately preserved 1st-century fishing boat similar to boats used by the Apostles. Explore Capernaum, which served as a base for Jesus during his Galilean ministry and which contains remnants of a house-church known as the House of Saint Peter and an exceptional 3rd-century synagogue. In Tabgha, view the elaborate Byzantine-era mosaic floor of the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and participate in a discussion with Benedictine theologians about ancient and modern Galilee. 3. Spend a full day in the Golan for an introduction to the complexities of this area in the context of Middle East geopolitics. Drive past El Hama, near the border juncture of Israel, Syria, and Jordan, and ascend the Golan Plateau to the Peace Overlook. Visit the archaeological park at ancient Qatzrin, site of a 4th-century Jewish community; and its modern namesake, Katzrin, the largest city in the Golan, for a discussion with
local residents and a briefing by the commander of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). View the Syrian city of Quneitra in the demilitarized UNDOF Zone, visit the former Syrian fortifications at Tel Fahr overlooking the Hula Valley, and take a Jeep ride along the Golan Heights ridge. (B,L)
May 7 ` Jerusalem Today’s lecture program focuses on the evolving attitudes of Israelis toward the Holocaust and the implications for Israeli society. In this context, explore the newly renovated Yad Vashem complex, Israel’s official memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Also visit Israel’s national cemetery, where Yitzhak Rabin and Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, are buried. Afternoon walking tour options include (1) picturesque Ein Kerem, traditional birthplace of John the Baptist, or (2) the colorful Mahane Yehudah open-air market. Enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner this evening. (B,L,D)
May 8 ` Jericho / Dead Sea Drive through the Judean Desert to Jericho to meet with the chief Palestinian negotiator. Choose from one of three afternoon excursions: (1) Jericho, site of the famous eponymous battle, including the excavations at Tel es-Sultan, the impressive Umayyad Hisham’s Palace, and the 6th-century “Peace Upon Israel” synagogue; (2) Masada, Herod’s mountain palace and site of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Roman Legionnaires; or (3) Qumran, the archaeological site nearest the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. All excursions include a dip in the mineralrich waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. (B,L,D)
May 9 ` Ramallah
In Ramallah, only six miles north of Jerusalem, attend seminars and meetings focusing on Palestinian government and civil society. Visit the Mukata’a, the West Bank base of operations established by Yasser Arafat and site of nearly all governmental headquarters, including the office of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Arafat’s mausoleum complex is also located here. Travel to the nearby village of Beit Rima to visit the Middle East Children’s Institute. MECI’s after-school program teaches young schoolgirls coping mechanisms for trauma and daily hardships, empowers women, and includes community development through economic stimulation. (B,LD)
May 10 ` Gush Etzion / Bethlehem / Hebron Travel to Gush Etzion, the southern West Bank settlements originally established in the 1920s, destroyed in 1948, and rebuilt in 1967, to meet with the mayor. In the afternoon choose one of three options: (1) Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and learn about the challenges faced by the declining Palestinian Christian population; (2) See the Tombs of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs—venerated by Jews, Christians, and Muslims as the burial place of biblical couples Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah—in the city of Hebron. Attend a briefing by a representative from the Temporary International Presence in the city of Hebron and view the Beit Hadassah Enclave, a controversial settlement within Hebron; or (3) Return to Jerusalem to explore coexistence in action at the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel and meet with Israeli and Palestinian graduates of Seeds of Peace. (B,L)
May 11 ` Jerusalem Explore the labyrinth of Israeli politics and Israel’s security challenges at a seminar with former and current politicians and cabinet ministers. In the afternoon visit either the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, for a special guided tour by the curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls; the Supreme Court of Israel, described by the New York Times as Israel’s finest public building; or the Knesset, or Parliament. Then visit the Bank of Israel, to meet with economists and entrepreneurs. (B,L,R,D)
May 12 ` Jerusalem This morning participants choose from the optional excursions offered on May 3. The afternoon is free for independent exploration or relaxation. (B,L,D)
May 13 ` Jerusalem / U.S. Depart for the U.S. on the recommended flight itinerary, or independently, arriving in the U.S. the same day. (B) Photography
Olive grove © iStockphoto.com / Noam Armonn • Old city of Jerusalem © iStockphoto.com / Mikhail Kusayev • Muslim girls © Israel images / Alamy • Israeli flag © iStockphoto.com / Lior Filshteiner • Palestinian flag © iStockphoto.com / Ufuk ZIVANA • Panoramic view of Masada © iStockphoto.com / Dominiquelandau • Western Wall © iStockphoto.com / David Joyner • Church of the Twelve Apostles © iStockphoto.com / magicinfoto • Jewish man © david sanger photography / Alamy • Detail of the Dome of the Rock © iStockphoto.com / Dejan Gileski • Dead Sea © iStockphoto.com / Steven Allan • Old Jaffa © iStockphoto.com / Arkady Mazor • Shrine of the Book © iStockphoto.com / Julius Fekete • Baha’i gardens © iStockphoto.com / Steven Allan • Fabrics © iStockphoto.com / Odelia Cohen • Church of the Holy Sepulchre © iStockphoto.com / Bruce Bean • Masada sunrise © iStockphoto.com / James Margolis • Israel’s barrier © iStockphoto.com / Joel Carillet
O pt i o n a l P r e -F o r u m E x t e n s i o n Lebanon and Syria
` April 25–May 2, 2010
In order to gain an in-depth understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict it is important to examine the history, culture, and political realities of the countries with which these two peoples are inextricably intertwined, particularly their northern neighbors, Lebanon and Syria. In the capital cities of Beirut and Damascus, participants will have opportunities to engage in dialogue with high-ranking officials, dignitaries, politicians, and scholars on subjects ranging from Lebanon’s civil war and the refugee question to Hezbollah and U.S./Syria relations, with ample time to visit the impressive national museums of each country as well as the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Baalbek and the ancient city of Damascus. Souks, mosques, and palaces round out this fascinating and informative pre-forum extension.
O pt i o n a l P o s t -F o r u m E x t e n s i o n Jordan
` May 13–18, 2010
Journey to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to observe and understand the ramifications of the 1994 Peace Treaty between Jordan and Israel, examine Jordan’s current political reality, and explore some of the country’s most significant sites. Take a Jeep ride through the stunning desert landscape of Wadi Rum, where local Bedouins joined forces with King Faisal and Lawrence of Arabia to fight the Turkish and German armies in 1917. Visit the spectacular rock-cut Nabataean city of Petra, the strategic Crusader Castle at Kerak, the wonderful Byzantine mosaics of Madaba, and the extensive Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash. Meet with archaeological preservationists, NGO workers, and prominent local citizens, all of whom contribute to Jordan’s growth as a stable, viable, economically sound, culturally rich, and environmentally responsible strategic player in the Middle East. Extension details and pricing information will be sent in a future mailing.
D a v i d C i t a d e l H o t e l The David Citadel Hotel on King David Street overlooks the ancient walls of the Old City, the historic David Citadel and Tower, and Jaffa Gate. The city’s holy sites and cultural attractions are within easy walking distance. Guest comfort and impeccable staff service top the list of the hotel’s many superlative attractions. The horseshoe-shaped hotel was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie and offers 384 elegant guest rooms and a wide selection of suites with views of the Old City and the New City, one king-sized or two twin beds, and a host of personal, room, and service amenities. The spacious and luxurious bathrooms feature bathtubs and separate showers with guest amenities from the AHAVA Dead Sea cosmetics line. Dining venues are diverse, from the Lobby Lounge to the Terrace, and include the Yakimonotoo Sushi Bar, Seasons Restaurant, and Pool Bar.
R a t e s $11,990 per person, double occupancy; $5,990 single supplement. Upgrades to suites are available. Call for pricing.
I n c l u d e d Accommodations at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners • Welcome receptions with beer, wine, and local spirits • Soft drinks, coffee, tea, wine, and beer with meals • Comprehensive program of lectures and panel discussions, excursions, and special events • Experienced tour managers to oversee the logistics and safety of the program • State-of-the-art headsets for clear reception of expert commentary during excursions • All on-tour transportation • Gratuities to guides, porters, and drivers • Bottled water throughout the program • Transfers and baggage handling between the Ben Gurion International Airport and the David Citadel Hotel • Complete packet of pre-departure information including suggested reading list, book package, and luggage tags • Visas for Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan for U.S. citizens participating in extensions A i r f a r e Round-trip airfare between the U.S. and Israel is not included in the program rates. Negotiated airfares for travel in economy and business class are available for select flights departing from any United Airlines and/or Lufthansa gateway in the U.S. As of September 2009, round-trip airfare between New York and Tel Aviv is offered at $1,230 per person for economy class and $4,058 per person for business class. Fares are subject to availability and may change without notice. To take full advantage of these special fares, please inquire no later than December 28, 2009. We are happy to assist you with your air travel arrangements.
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