Jerusalem: Between Chronic Conflict and Sober Peace

6 March 2008 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Chatham House, London


Daniel Seidemann



This is a Middle East Programme roundtable meeting.

Mr Seidemann will argue that, for the first time in seven years, a semblance of a political process has resumed. Three national leaders in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah, each hampered by their own domestic liabilities, appear genuine in their intention to proceed. A right-of-center Israeli PM is negotiating some form of a political division of Jerusalem but facts on the ground continue to harm the process and settlement activity in Jerusalem has accelerated since Annapolis.

Mr Seidemann will address some key questions relating to Jerusalem: what can be achieved in this year? What needs to be prevented and delivered? And if these efforts fail, how can failure be less than a catastrophic collapse?

Daniel Seidemann, founder and legal advisor for "Ir Amim", a non-profit association dedicated to an equitable, stable and sustainable Jerusalem, has been a practicing attorney in Jerusalem and a partner in a firm specializing in commercial law since 1987. Since 1991, he has also specialized in legal and public issues in East Jerusalem, in particular, with regard to government and municipal policies and practices, representing Israeli and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem before the statutory Planning Boards regarding development issues.