Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Israel and Palestine in a Changed International Context

19 February 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Chatham House, London


Jibril Rajoub, Secretary General, Fatah Central Committee
Chair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



Middle East peace talks have been stalled since 2014 and, to a large extent, overshadowed by conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as well as the war on ISIS. US President Donald Trump’s pledge to deliver the 'deal of the century', although the plan is yet to be revealed, his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his cuts to US funding for UNRWA have placed the Palestinian-Israeli issue firmly back on the agenda. Moreover, political developments in the Gulf, in the shape of the Qatar crisis, have had a material impact upon Gaza. At this event, Mr Rajoub will address three pressing issues, namely:

  • The prospects for, and trajectory of, reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas;
  • The implications of Trump’s decision to move the US embassy;
  • The Palestinians’ new strategy towards Israel and the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP).

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. 

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.