NYC CJH: Conference on Israel at 70

Center for Jewish History, Anti-Defamation League & Israel Institute present ISRAEL AT 70.  The purpose of this joint conference is to reflect on Israel as it celebrates its 70th year of independence.  The conference will look at the changing politics, society, and culture of Israel as it grapples with the implications of these changes. It will also explore the impact of these changes for the United States and for U.S.-Israel relations.

Featured conference participants will include: former Ambassador and Israel Institute Executive Director Itamar Rabinovich, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams, author Nicole Krauss, President of the Center for Jewish History David Myers, and former Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Professor Emerita at Tel Aviv University Anita Shapira.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $5 CJH/partner members, seniors, students.

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NYC: IPF – Gordis, Rabinovich & Shapira


RABBI DANIEL GORDIS  Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem; Author of “Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn”; Author of “Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul”.

AMBASSADOR ITAMAR RABINOVICH Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States (1992-1996). President, The Israel Institute; Author of “Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman”.

PROFESSOR ANITA SHAPIRA Professor Emerita, Found of Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies, Tel Aviv University; Laureate, Israel Prize for Jewish History (2008); Author of “Ben Gurion: Father of Modern Israel”.

Moderated by NATAN SACHS Director, Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy.

Organized by the Democrat Party’s Israel Policy Forum.

NYC: 92Y – Six-Day Way Symposium

This symposium (chocked-full of LBJ’s descendant’s and appointees) will examine the tensions which led to the outbreak of the conflict in June 1967, an the Liberation of Jerusalem by the IDF, the American response by President Lyndon Johnson and the impact still being felt today.

2-3 pm — Six Days that Shook the World: The War and How it Began
What were the forces that led to the emergence of this conflict? What was the impact of the Cold War? These questions will be examined from the perspectives of Israelis, the Palestinians and the wider Arab world.

Introductory Remarks: Lynda Johnson Robb

Dr. Anita Shapira, Professor Emerita, Tel Aviv University; Founder, Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies, Emory University

3-4 pm — Commander-In-Chief: LBJ and the American Response
With the outbreak of hostilities on 5 June, 1967, President Lyndon Baines Johnson was faced with a crisis to manage. Already consumed with the war in Vietnam, Johnson now had to prevent a direct confrontation with the Soviet Union, played out on the Israeli-Arab battlefield.

Introductory Remarks: Luci Baines Johnson

Joseph A. Califano Jr., President Johnson’s Assistant for Domestic Affairs from 1965 to 1969
Mark Updegrove, Director, LBJ Presidential Library

4-5 pm — Lasting Affects: How the War Transformed the Middle East
The 1967 Six Day War altered the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East and its aftermath has defined the contours of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peacemaking ever since. How has the legacy of the war shaped U.S. diplomacy and efforts to negotiate an end to the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts?

Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute
Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and President, Israel Institute

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NYU: Taub Center presents ‘Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman’ by Itamar Rabinovich

Save the Date!  Time/Location TBA

Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” Book Release and Talk by Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich.

The book:  More than two decades have passed since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination in 1995, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. A native-born Israeli, Rabin became an inextricable part of his nation’s pre-state history and subsequent evolution. This revealing account of his life, character, and contributions draws not only on original research but also on the author’s recollections as one of Rabin’s closest aides. An awkward politician who became a statesman, a soldier who became a peacemaker, Rabin is best remembered for his valiant efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for the Oslo Accords. Itamar Rabinovich provides extraordinary new insights into Rabin’s relationships with powerful leaders including Bill Clinton, Jordan’s King Hussein, and Henry Kissinger, his desire for an Israeli-Syrian peace plan, and the political developments that shaped his tenure. The author also assesses the repercussions of Rabin’s murder: Netanyahu’s ensuing election and the rise of Israel’s radical right wing.

The Author: Itamar Rabinovich is president of The Israel Institute (Washington, D.C., and Tel Aviv); Global Distinguished Professor, New York University; and Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution. He served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States and chief negotiator with Syria from 1992-1996. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.