Former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Haim Koren will talk about whether President Trump can negotiate “the ultimate deal” between Israel and Palestine at a LAWAC dinner on Tuesday, March 7th. After the U.S. has spent decades working toward a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, President Trump shook things up Feb 15th when he said in front of visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “I’m looking at two-state and one-state” solutions. He has also been a proponent for an “outside-in” strategy of approaching neighboring Arab countries to enlist their help in mediating an agreement with the Palestinians. Koren will also touch on Trump’s call for the Israeli government to hold back on construction of new settlements in the West Bank.
Koren served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Republic of Egypt between 2014 and 2016. He previously served as Ambassador to South Sudan and as the Director of the Middle East Division in the Center of Political Research in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his tenure with the Ministry, his positions included serving as Director of the Political Planning Division and as Deputy Spokesman of the Press Division. He has also served in various other diplomatic capacities in Chicago, USA; Alexandria, Egypt; and Kathmandu, Nepal, and speaks fluent Arabic.