NEWS SOURCE ON ARAB-ISRAELI AFFAIRS:
PROFESSOR MARK ROSENBLUM OF QUEENS COLLEGE--
Historian, Middle East expert, political analyst, and seasoned media commentator
With the election of a new Palestinian government headed by Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, a new road map for peace takes center stage. What are the prospects for a settlement with Israel? How will these political changes affect President Bush’s policy in the Middle East and in post-war Iraq?
Professor Mark Rosenblum, director of the Michael Harrington Center at Queens College and head of its Middle East Project, can offer perspective.
• Mark Rosenblum has been directly involved in Middle East conflict resolution since the 1980s. His efforts include organizing and moderating six international conferences with PLO and Israeli leaders; hosting a U.S. televised discussion series, “From the Battlefield to the Negotiating Table; and founding the Israeli-Palestinian Youth Dialogue program.
• In February 2003 he traveled to Israel, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza, and Jordan, where he met with Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, King Abdullah II, Yasir Arafat, Syrian cabinet members and Foreign Ministry officials, as well as peace activists, business leaders, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. During his most recent trip (April 2003) to Israel and the West Bank, Rosenblum met with Israeli officials and negotiators and members of the reform Palestinian cabinet.
• This past year Rosenblum met with President Bush for two hours at the White House to discuss America’s Middle East policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
• In 1999 the Forward newspaper named Mark Rosenblum one of the 50 most influential American Jews. He was the first American Jew recently interviewed in Syria for a half-hour t.v. “newsmaker” show.
• Media appearances include The Larry King Live Show, CBS and NBC evening news, CNN and National Public Radio. His writings on recent negotiations have been featured in the nation’s leading papers including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe.
• Rosenblum is the author of a series of highly regarded insider reports, “Negotiations Watch” and “Jerusalem Watch,” which chronicle and analyze Arab-Israeli negotiations.