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Jan 6, 2012 to Stream Free, Live Broadcast of the Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate from New York on Tuesday, January 10: "The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member"

On Tuesday, January 10,, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the first debate of the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) 2012 season. Hailed as America’s premier debate series, Intelligence Squared U.S. will present five engaging events this spring and will kick of the season with a look at one of the world’s most protracted political conflicts: the volatile relationship between Israel and Palestine, and specifically whether the U.N. should admit Palestine as a full member state. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, can the recent plea by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the U.N. really serve as an effective way to create a two-state solution? Or is Palestine setting the peace process back by bypassing negotiations? will live stream the debate from the NYU Skirball Center in New York starting at 6:45pm ET (3:45pm PT) on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The free live online event can be viewed at Following the live event, will offer the debate as a free on-demand program.

In support of the motion:

Mustafa Barghouthi, Former Palestinian National Authority Presidential Candidate

Daniel Levy, Former Israeli Government Negotiator & J Street Co-Founder

Against the motion:

Aaron David Miller, Former U.S. Mideast Negotiator, and advisor of Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State

Dore Gold, former Israel Ambassador to the United Nations

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News’ “Nightline.” In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

Throughout the spring will live stream four additional IQ2US debates, which will consider the government’s role in managing obesity (2/7/12); whether China is better at capitalism than the U.S. (3/13/12); the impact of the Internet on politics (4/17/12); and if college football should be banned (5/8/12).