The Crisis in Gaza and Southern Israel:
What Happened and What’s Next?

with Akiva Eldar
February 10 at 2pm ET/1pm CT/12pm MT/11am PT

Please join Akiva Eldar, chief political columnist and editorial writer for the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, who will give us his on-the-ground perspective of the recent events in Gaza and southern Israel, including the Gaza blockade and breach of the Gaza-Egyptian border, the recent suicide bombing in Dimona, and the fallout from the Winograd report. Eldar will also discuss the political implications of these events for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process relaunched at Annapolis, and the role of the United States.

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QUESTIONS: The presentation will be followed by an extensive question-and-answer session open to all participants. Please send brief questions before or during the call to

Recommended Reading:

Running in place from Lebanon to Dimona, by Akiva Eldar. Ha'aretz. Feb 5, 2008.

Olmert's man in Ramallah, by Akiva Eldar. Ha'aretz. Jan 29, 2008.

UN: Despite Israel's promises, West Bank barriers have increased, by Akiva Eldar. Ha'aretz. Jan 22, 2008.

Another obstacle to Zionism, by Akiva Eldar. Ha'aretz. Jan 7, 2008.


Akiva Eldar is a chief political columnist and editorial writer for the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. He has been covering developments in the region for the last 20 years, and is the co-author of a new book chronicling the Jewish settlement movement, Lords Of The Land: The Settlers And The State Of Israel.

Eldar's interview with Yasser Arafat in July 2004 was the last the Palestinian leader gave to the Israeli media.  He was also the first Israeli journalist to interview Mahmoud Abbas when he became the first Palestinian Prime Minister, in 2003.

As the Ha'aretz Washington correspondent, Eldar reported on U.S.-Israel relations in the mid-1990s and was at the signing of the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn in September 1993.  Prior to that Eldar spent a decade as the paper's diplomatic correspondent.  He is a regular guest on CNN and other American news networks.

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