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The U.S., Iran, Israel and the Bomb
Allies, Enemies, and the Point of No Return
An Expert Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 22, 2012
6:30 p.m. registration and sign in
7:00 start of program
Luxe Hotel Sunset
11461 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Iranian nuclear crisis is coming to a head as some intelligence reports indicate that Iran’s nuclear program may be only months from the “point of no return.” Skyrocketing oil prices, new sanctions, another round of international negotiations, a wave of aborted Iranian terrorist attacks, harsh statements from the White House, and tense talks between President Obama and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all point to a new stage in the crisis.
Understanding what happens next requires understanding the Middle East and Central Asia from the perspective of all the major actors: the U.S., Iran, and Israel. Our panelists – each an expert on a particular aspect of the situation – will discuss in turn the objectives and capabilities of the U.S., Iran, and Israel, how they relate to each other, what you can expect next, and how war might be averted.
Professor Avi Bell will discuss how the conflict and the calculations look from the viewpoint of the Israelis.
Professor Avi Bell holds multiple degrees from Harvard and the University of Chicago, clerked for the Supreme Court of Israel, and has taught courses on the laws of war and the legal aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is a professor at Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law as well as the University of San Diego Law School.
Omri Ceren will discuss how the effects of this administration’s past Middle East diplomacy and the toll it has taken on the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
Omri Ceren writes for Commentary Magazine’s Contentions blog and his own blog Mere Rhetoric. His articles and posts have appeared in domestic and international outlets, and his investigative journalism has been cited by the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, CNN, the BBC, and dozens of other outlets.
J.E. Dyer (Ret. Cmdr.) will discuss the military capabilities and political intentions of the Iranian
J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval officer living in the Inland Empire. She has written for Hot Air, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and her own blog, The Optimistic Conservative. She is writing a book on the Reagan strategy in the Cold War.
Rick Richman will discuss the White House’s threat perceptions of, and diplomatic approach to, the Iran portfolio.
Rick Richman edits “Jewish Current Issues.” His articles and posts have appeared in American Thinker, Commentary Magazine, Contentions, The Jewish Journal, The Jewish Press, The New York Sun, and Pajamas Media.