CRI was proud to welcome Yariv Oppenheimer, Director of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now, Israel), the largest peace organization in Israel, to discuss "Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A Negotiated Necessity." Oppenheimer is a leading political figure and advocate for a two-state solution peace agreement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that returns to the 1967 borders. Oppenheimer was introduced by Ambassor Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) and commentary was provided by Hasan Ayoub, a Palestinian and JKSIS Ph.D. candidate and Robert Prince, an active member of the Denver Jewish Community and JKSIS Lecturer.
The discussion was lively among the panel and the audience, particularly around the issues of settlements and the challenges of a two-state solution, such as whether or not Jerusalem could serve as a capital of two countries and how to improve ethnic divisions.
Oppenheimer was born near Tel Aviv in 1976 and became involved in Israeli politics at the age of 15, serving as Youth Department Director of the Labour Party from 1998-2002. He has a Law and Public Policy Degree from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. Peace Now, Israel operates through public campaigns, advertisements, petitions, distribution of educational materials, conferences, lectures, surveys, dialogue groups, street activities, vigils, and demonstrations. It is leading the political resistance to Israeli settlements in the West Bank sharing information on settlements through its "Settlement Watch" project.