On February 6, 2018, at 11:00 the Valdai Discussion Club held an expert discussion, titled “The Future of Jerusalem and Its Role in Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”.
The question of Jerusalem's political future is inextricably intertwined with the city's spiritual, historic, and national significance for both sides. Jerusalem has a great significance to the international Christian, Muslim, and Jewish worlds. The issue of Jerusalem is even more complicated when it comes to the question of the Temple Mount/Al-Haram Al-Sharif. The main challenge is that both sides, in their aspirations, demand exclusiveness in the Old City and in the Temple Mount. Approximately 870,000 Israelis and Palestinians reside in the city; therefore, any solution that is agreed upon should grant them all human rights, municipal services, and secure and prosperous lives.
What are the main challenges to solve the Jerusalem problem? What are the alternative solutions? How will the latest US decisions affect the peace process prospects? The participants will answer these and other questions.
Meir Kraus, Senior Research Fellow, Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research
Dmitry Maryasis, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Israel, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Tatyana Nosenko, Chief Research Fellow, Department of Israel, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Working languages: Russian and English.