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The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Exploring Needs for Achieving Peace


On October 7, 2023, the world woke up to an unimaginable attack by Hamas, the predominant militant Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip, invading the surrounding Israeli towns and settlements under a massive barrage of rockets. The attack resulted in more than 1,200 deaths among Israelis and abduction of over 200 Israeli citizens. Israel retaliated through a massive attack of the Gaza strip aimed at releasing the Israeli hostages and dismantling of Hamas, resulting in the killing of over 20,000 Palestinians, the majority of whom were women and children.

 These four seminars aim to explore the positions of each side and to dig deep to identify the needs to be satisfied for achieving peace. Key areas to be discussed are the roles of the United States, the United Nations and the G4 nations of Brazil, Germany, India and Japan.

Instructor Biography

George Kassis was born and raised in Syria before moving to Lebanon to attend the American University of Beirut and embark on a career with the United Nations where he met his American wife, Jill. They had parallel professional careers, which took them on tours of duty to Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen before being transferred by the U.N. to New York. Upon his retirement in 2009, George and Jill moved to Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where they continue to enjoy the pleasures of the Ocean State.

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