2023Webinar ''Palestine Insight'' Recentering Palestine: Shifting Regional Dynamics
The discussion will be held in both Arabic and English, with interpretation available on Zoom only.
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The webinar will focus on regional dynamics in light of the war in Gaza. For decades, Palestine was the central question for Arab countries, an epicenter for mobilization and alliances. Starting with the Camp David accords in 1978, and later the Oslo process, the tracks of the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli conflicts began to diverge. This trend accelerated with the Abraham accords which pushed for normalized Arab relations with Israel while Palestinians remained deprived of their rights. The war in Gaza has shattered the idea that Israel and its allies could contain/suffocate the Palestine question while pursuing normalization deals with other Arab countries.
This first webinar of the ‘Recentering Palestine’ series, will take stock of what the current war means for the Abraham accords and the pending normalization with Saudi Arabia. Are they simply temporarily muted/put on hold or will we see a fundamental shift in approach with a movement back to a more regional approach to the conflict that would dust off the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002? Is there space for an effective Arab foreign policy approach that would prioritize Palestinian rights and if so, what would such a policy look like? And how will the high level of anger and distrust at Western foreign policy in support of Israel translate in terms of the region’s politics?