McGeorge School of Law

Dajani: Defensible Borders Not Israel's Answer

January 6, 2011

Professor Omar Dajani's article, "The Myth of Defensible Borders: How a Regional Security Initiative Can Promote Middle East Peace," was the leading piece the first week of January 2011 on the Foreign Affairs magazine website.

The article argues that a standing army in the West Bank will not keep Israelis safe while a multilateral security agreement could. Dajani and his co-author, Ezzedine Choukri Fishere of the American University in Cairo, stress the need for a regional security framework involving Arab states and Turkey.

Dajani, a former legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during peace talks with Israel, is participating next week in a related two-day workshop, "Toward Defining Borders and Security for a Two-State Solution," in mid-January at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

"Some of the leading figures in the U.S. Middle East policy establishment, along with former Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, are going to be present, and we'll also be meeting with members of Congress and the Obama administration," Dajani said. "I'm hopeful I'll have the chance to air some of the ideas in the piece with people in a position to effect policy change."

Foreign Affairs is published by the Council of Foreign Relations.