Elman Discusses Middle East Peace with Dan Maffei

Elman, MiriamTogether with other members of SAMED, the Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue group, Miriam F. Elman (Associate Professor, Political Science) recently met with Congressman Dan Maffei (D-NY 24th district) at his downtown Syracuse office to discuss the constructive role that the U.S. can play in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The conversation focused on Mr. Maffei’s perspective on recent developments in the Middle East and SAMED’s mission for advancing a just and lasting peace between Israel, Palestine, and the larger Arab world. The meeting also provided an opportunity for Elman and other SAMED members to present information on various Israeli, Palestinian, and U.S.-based organizations that are currently working to revive a meaningful Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In particular, Elman provided Mr. Maffei with material on Blue White Future (BWF), a non-partisan Israeli political movement that endorses a Middle East peace on the basis of a “two states for two peoples” solution. Founded in 2009, Elman has collaborated with one of the founders of BWF, Colonel (res.) and former senior peace negotiator Gilead Sher, on several recent projects. 03/18/13