Monday, April 11, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM EDT
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The Colony Palm Beach Pavilion Room 
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480

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Celeste Simon 
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach 

Israel and the Middle East In Transition

Monday, April 11, 2022

The Colony Palm Beach Pavilion Room 
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480  

6:00 p.m. – Registration & Social
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Speaker Presentation

Speaker Profile:

Dr. Josef Olmert offers a rare combination of talents: a top Middle East scholar, former peace negotiator, political insider, published journalist and author, as well as a seasoned public speaker. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC.

As Director of the Government Press Office and Advisor to then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir during the first Gulf War and the International Peace Conference in Madrid, he secured press relations for Israel with the Soviet Union and China, and represented the Prime Minister in numerous conferences and appearances in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, China, Russia, Japan and South Africa, among others.

Dr. Olmert was a member of the Israeli delegation for peace talks with Syria in the Madrid Peace Conference and subsequent Washington, DC talks (1991-92). In addition, he was a frequent participant in United Nations-sponsored conferences on the Middle East. His fluency in Hebrew, Arabic and English, as well as command of Russian and French, added value to his role. In 1999, Dr. Olmert served as policy advisor to former Defense Minister Moshe Arens. In this capacity, he participated in official talks with the U.S. Departments of Defense and State as well as with counterparts in other countries. As to Israeli politics, Dr. Olmert played a significant role, particularly as a director and founding member of the Council for Parliamentary Democracy that spearheaded the successful campaign to repeal direct elections for Prime Minister.

Dr. Olmert, who holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in Middle East History, headed the Syria and Lebanon desks at Tel Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies – where he served on the faculty. In addition, for eight years he authored chapters on Syria and Lebanon for the book, The Middle East Contemporary Survey. He has authored three books on the Middle East, as well as numerous articles in academic and popular journals. Dr. Olmert was a visiting professor at Cornell University, York University in Toronto and City College New York. As a speaker, Dr. Olmert’s reach has extended nationally and internationally, from colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, to major Jewish and civic organizations. Dr. Josef Olmert, scion to one of the most prominent political families in Israel, is a son of former Knesset member, the late Mordechai Olmert, and a brother of the former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert. He resides in Washington.

Members Free; Guest Fee $35 PAID at least 24 hours in advance or $40 at the door. 
Call 561-374-2858   

                                                       2021-2022 Membership Fees:

Diplomat - $5000

Statesman - $2500

Ambassador - $1200

Benefactor - $800

Patron - $550

Family - $320

Individual - $220

Young Professional - $150

Full-time Student - $10                

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2806 Black Oak Way, Boynton Beach, Florida 33436

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The Council is non-partisan and the speakers' views do not necessarily reflect our own. We welcome the opportunity to be a platform where major global issues can be discussed in an atmosphere of mutual respect.