Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox returns to the Vail Valley |

Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox returns to the Vail Valley

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VAIL – Current events in Israel and Palestine will be examined during a presentation by Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. Monday at the Cordillera Valley Club from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Israel’s withdrawal of its forces from Gaza in August and the evacuation of 21 Israeli settlements and 8,000 settlers have been acclaimed by optimists as a breakthrough toward peace in the historic conflict over how Israelis and Palestinians will coexist in the Holy Land. Skeptics, however, predict renewed conflict over Israel’s expansion of settlements in the West Bank and the construction of a separation barrier that cuts off Arab East Jerusalem and threatens to annex part of the West Bank.

Ambassador Wilcox returns to speak for the Vail Symposium to further analyze the explosive current situation, discuss what is needed for peace and offer a prescription for American policy.Ambassador Wilcox (Ret.) is president of the foundation for Middle East Peace, a Washington D.C.-based foundation devoted to fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Ambassador Wilcox holds the view, now widely accepted, that obtaining a settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians is necessary to win the war on terrorism.Born in Denver, Ambassador Wilcox is a graduate of Williams College and the Stanford Law School. He practiced law for three years in Denver with Holme, Roberts and Owen before entering the foreign service in 1966 where he served for 31 years before retiring. His last overseas assignment was chief of mission and U.S. Consul General, Jerusalem. His Washington jobs have included being director for Arab-Israeli Affairs and deputy assistant secretary of state for Middle Eastern Affairs.

Ambassador Wilcox has been awarded the department of state’s meritorious, superior and presidential honor awards. During his career, Wilcox served overseas in five different U.S. embassies in addition to Jerusalem. His Washington jobs have included being Deputy Director for UN Political Affairs and being Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counter Terrorism.A nonprofit, grass-roots organization, the Vail Symposium was originally created in 1971 as a once-yearly weekend “think tank” for the early residents of Vail. As the community grew, so too did the symposium, offering more than 60 programs year-round while staying true to its original mission of offering educational and cultural programming for the Vail Valley.Admission is $20 for Vail Symposium supporters and $25 for all others. The presentation will take place at the Cordillera Valley Club with light refreshments and a cash bar offered from 5:30-6 p.m., followed by Ambassador Wilcox’s presentation from 6-7:15 p.m. An optional buffet dinner is offered for $37 following the presentation.

For reservations or for more information, call the Vail Symposium at 476-0954.Vail, Colorado

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