ATFP President Named as Member of Presidential Delegation to Palestine Investment Conference
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - May 14, 2008 - 12:00am

President George W. Bush today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Bethlehem to attend the Palestine Investment Conference May 21-23, 2008. The Honorable Robert M. Kimmitt, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, Department of Commerce The Honorable Robert Mosbacher, Jr.,President and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Mideast Conflict: Need For A New Perspective
In Print by Ziad Asali - Arab News (Opinion) - May 6, 2008 - 12:00am

Peace is not easy. Achieving it requires summoning the deepest forms of courage. It means examining one?s darkest prejudices that dehumanize and demonize the other. The quest for mutual recognition of humanity and dignity is an arduous task. The question facing both Israelis and Palestinians is: Do they prefer to cling to the pain of past injuries and the suffering of their forefathers, or will they determine to move forward and build a better future for their children?

The Perils Of Unconditional Engagement
In Print by Ghaith al-Omari - Middle East Progress (Opinion) - May 1, 2008 - 12:00am

The issue of whether or not to engage Hamas boils down to the following question: would such engagement help moderate the organization, or would it simply improve Hamas? chances of dominating the Palestinian political scene and encourage extremism throughout the Middle East? For now, any engagement that goes beyond achieving de-escalation in Gaza would serve to bolster Hamas at the expense of those working toward a two-state solution.

Ziad Asali on Rosner's Guest
Interview with Ziad Asali - Haaretz - April 28, 2008 - 12:00am

Ziad J. Asali, M.D., is the president and founder of the American Task Force on Palestine, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C.

ATFP, Secretary Rice, Private Sector Leaders Promote Investment in Palestine
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - April 28, 2008 - 12:00am

Washington DC, April 29 – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today convened a meeting of American private sector business leaders and leaders of the US-Palestinian Public-Private Partnership initiative to explore opportunities for investment in Palestine in the run-up to the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem on May 21-23, 2008. Partnership chair Walter Isaacson and co-chairs Jean Case and ATFP President Ziad J. Asali attended the meeting at the State Department along with Secretary Rice and other senior government officials.

ATFP hosts book event featuring Aaron David Miller
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - April 24, 2008 - 12:00am

On Friday, April 18, the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) hosted a discussion with veteran US peace negotiator Aaron David Miller about his new book “The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace” (2008, Bantam Books). Miller served as an adviser to six secretaries of state and is now public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Yasser Abd Rabbo Cautions Against ?Partition of West Bank?
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - April 24, 2008 - 12:00am

Washington, DC, April 25 -- In a speech in Washington today, Yasser Abd Rabbo, a PLO Executive Committee Member and Policy Adviser to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, reiterated the Palestinian commitment to peace with Israel and praised Bush Administration efforts to reach an agreement. He repeatedly cautioned Israel against seeking “the partition of the West Bank,” which he said Palestinians “will never accept.”

ATFP hosts two exceptional delegations from Palestine
Press Release - Contact Information: Hussein Ibish - April 23, 2008 - 12:00am

The American Task Force on Palestine continued its advocacy work this month, hosting two Palestinian NGO delegations. On April 10, ATFP’s Board of Directors met with the “NGO Mapping Project” which identifies efficient and moderate Palestinian NGO’s for the international community.

Mideast Peace Prospects
In Print by Ziad Asali - The Washington Times (Opinion) - April 20, 2008 - 12:00am

Though I have been to the region many times, my most recent trip to Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan confirmed the alarming new obstacles facing the quest for peace in the Middle East and the urgency with which they need to be addressed by all parties.

Remarks at the University of Jordan
Speech by Ziad Asali at University of Jordan - March 30, 2008 - 12:00am

The last few years have witnessed a significant development in US foreign policy regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In addition to the longstanding strategic US commitment to Israel, the creation of a Palestinian state has now become a constant in the definition of US interests in the Middle East. While previous Administrations have embarked on peace making since the early 90’s, it was only recently recognized that a Palestinian state is not only desirable but necessary.

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