Next week, Congressman Robert Wexler, president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, DC, will visit community centers in Palm Beach County, his former congressional district, as part of a nationwide educational outreach effort to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the current round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
On Tuesday, December 3, at 3:00 PM Wexler will speak at the Weisman Center in Delray Beach, and at 7:30 PM he will deliver a presentation at the Palm Isles clubhouse in Boynton Beach. On Wednesday, December 4, he will address a group of interfaith leaders at a breakfast hosted by the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, at noon he will speak at the B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton and lastly he will speak at the Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton at 4:00 PM. See the schedule attached below for more details.
The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace is currently leading an outreach effort to engage the relevant constituencies in the United States in an informed dialogue about the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Our objective is to provide information so Americans can reach their own educated conclusions about the issues,” Wexler said. “As the United States has an indispensable role to play in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is crucial that our public discourse is rooted in a comprehensive understanding of Israel’s security needs and what constitutes an independent, contiguous Palestinian state.” He added, “Resolving the conflict will ensure that Israel maintains its identity as a Jewish and democratic state.
About his upcoming trip Wexler said, “It is exciting to return to Palm Beach County, one of the nation’s most vibrant Jewish communities — and a community that shares a profound bond with the State of Israel.”
In October, Wexler spoke at a prominent synagogue in Boston and at Tufts University. Two weeks ago, he addressed leaders of the Dallas Jewish community and presented at the Global Faith Forum, a 400-person evangelical conference in Keller, Texas. He plans to visit fifteen cities across the United States over the next several months.
He is also engaged in a similar outreach effort in Europe and recently presented at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund in Brussels, Belgium with European Union envoy to the Middle East peace process Dr. Andreas Reinicke. In Brussels, he also met with the Jewish community. In Strasbourg, France, he addressed the European Parliament’s Middle East Working Group and met with Jewish and Muslim community leaders. In Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Wexler held an event with the Jewish community and met with senior foreign ministry officials. Wexler’s presentations in Europe explained Prime Minister Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a negotiated solution, and examined how the demographic realities on the ground impact the issue of borders.
Wexler’s presentations draw from the Center’s project IS PEACE POSSIBLE?, a highly respected web-based tool which explores the four core issues of the conflict — Security, Borders, Jerusalem and Refugees.
“Despite recent tensions, America’s strategic relationship with Israel remains unbreakable,” Wexler commented. “On both the Palestinian issue and the Iranian nuclear issue, the United States and Israel share the same fundamental objectives: a negotiated two-state solution that constitutes an ‘end of claims’ agreement, and the prevention of an Iranian nuclear weapon.”
On the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Wexler said: “Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas have demonstrated true leadership in returning to the negotiating table. The route to a final status agreement is extremely difficult and, of course, is not without setbacks, but I am cautiously optimistic that the process initiated by President Obama and Secretary Kerry will yield substantial progress by the end of the nine-month timeline set for the talks.”
Tuesday, December 3
Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center
7091 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33446
Palm Isles Clubhouse
Palm Isles entrance is on the north side of Boynton Beach Blvd. between Hagen Ranch Road and Jog Road. Boynton Beach, FL 33437
Wednesday, December 4
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Congregation B’at nai Torah
6261 SW 18th St, Boca Raton, FL 33433
Boca Lago Country Club 8665 Juego Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433
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