Prospects for Peace: Obama's Last Stand and Opportunities in the New Administration

During CMEP’s recent webinar Washington experts concluded that the most courageous act President Obama could make would be to support a United Nations Security council (UNSC) resolution that clearly states that all Israeli settlements are illegal. Click Here for Webinar

If Settlers Build It, Israel Will Declare It Legal

Israeli lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a bill that would retroactively legalize settlements built on private Palestinian land in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the bill and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has said it violates international law Click here for more.

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon Named CMEP Executive Director

Ambassador Warren Clark announced his retirement as Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) after leading the organization for the past eight years. The CMEP Board of Directors has named Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon as the new Executive Director, effective August 1. Click here for more.

Atlanta Church Summit

Holy Land church leader and 100 American church leaders collectively chose hope when they gathered in Atlanta, GA, last month to adopt a joint and comprehensive strategy for a common witness. Click here for more.

Prospects for Peace: Obama's Last Stand and Opportunities in the New Administration

On Wednesday, November 23, CMEP held a a web discussion on the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace in President Obama's remaining months in office and the opportunities and challenges moving forward in the next administration.

To view the webinar, click here!

The panel was moderated by CMEP Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and included Lara Friedman (Americans for Peace Now), Mitchell Plitnick (Foundation for Middle East Peace) and Dr. James Zogby (Arab American Institute).

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace. She formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and as a consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem. Her work has been highlighted in CNN, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Leadership Magazine, Huffington Post and other international media outlets.

Lara Friedman is the Director of Policy and Government Relations for Americans for Peace Now. As a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Israeli settlements policy, and Jerusalem, she frequently meets and briefs Members of Congress, U.S. Administration officials, foreign diplomats, and other members of the foreign policy community. She recently addressed the UN Security Council.

Mitchell Plitnick is the vice president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Previously, he was Director of the US Office of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (2008-2010) and Director of Education and Policy for Jewish Voice for Peace (2002-2008). He has spoken all over the country on Middle East politics, and has regularly offered commentary in a wide range of radio and television outlets including PBS News Hour, the O’Reilly Factor and CNBC Asia.

Dr. James Zogby is the President and co-founder of the Arab American Institute.He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee and was appointed by President Obama to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in 2013. In addition to writing a weekly column published in 12 countries, Zogby is the creator and host of the award-winning call-in political television show "Viewpoint," and is frequently featured on national and international media as an expert on Middle East affairs.