Webinar Series – Annexation & What it Means: Views from the Ground & Around the World


The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) and the Middle East Institute (MEI) invite you to join a 3-part webinar series: “Annexation & What it Means: Views from the Ground & Around the World.”

Israel has been de facto annexing land in the West Bank since the inception of its military occupation of Palestinian territories following the 1967 war. Now, under the new Netanyahu-Gantz government and in close coordination with the Trump Administration, the Israeli government is poised to formalize and massively expand the extent of that annexation. What will this mean for Palestinians and for Israelis? What does it mean for the international community? And what happens next – in Israel, Palestine, the region, and the world?

This three-part webinar series, co-moderated by FMEP’s Lara Friedman and MEI’s Khaled Elgindy, will engage leading voices from Israel and Palestine, in addition to U.S., European, and Arab perspectives.

Part 1: U.S. & International Perspectives on Annexation

Wednesday, May 13 (11:30am-1:00pm ET)
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  • Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow – Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings
  • Noura Erakat, Human Rights Lawyer & Assistant Professor at Rutgers University
  • Hugh Lovatt, Policy Fellow – European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Marwan Muasher, Vice President of Studies – Carnegie Endowment

Part 2: Palestinian Perspectives on Annexation

Friday, May 15 (11:00am-12:00pm ET)
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  • Dr. Yara Hawari, Policy Analyst – Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network
  • Salem Barahmeh, Executive Director – Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy
  • Rania Muhareb, Legal Researcher & Advocacy Officer – Al-Haq

Part 3: Israeli Perspectives on Annexation

Monday, May 18 (11am-12pm ET)
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  • Galia Golan, Darwin Professor emerita – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Shaqued Morag, Executive Director – Peace Now
  • Yehuda Shaul, co-Founder – Breaking the Silence