The October 7th terror attack by Hamas triggered a devastating war. Besides the tragic human loss, the war – and how it ends – will have implications not only for the Palestinians and Israel, but also for the wider region and for US policy and interests. To examine what led to the war, how it can be ended and future options for Gaza and Palestinian-Israeli relations please join us for a discussion with Gaith Al-Omari (Washington Institute for Near East Policy).


Moderated by Michael Alexander, Maimonides Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at UCR and Muhamad Ali, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies at UCR

Hosted by Jeanette Kohl, Co-Director of the UCR Center for Ideas & Society


Speaker Bio

Ghaith al-Omari, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Senior Fellow in The Washington Institute's Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship, is the former executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. He served as advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during the 1999–2001 permanent-status talks in addition to holding various other positions within the Palestinian Authority.

Sponsored by the Being Human Initiative, Offices of the Chancellor and Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Riverside

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