In Focus

Dr. Shaul Arieli on the Jordan Valley

Speaking with Al-Monitor, conflict expert and Geneva Initiative member Dr Shaul Arieli says that the strategic depth of Israel's peace agreement with Jordan (and the close security cooperation) is more important than control over the Jordan Valley. The land, he explains, is significant for a future Palestinian state.


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TSI in the News

The Jerusalem Post reported on the drop in our Two-State Index this month.
How do demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem impact the viability of a two-state solution?
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Two-State Index down by 0.9% in July

East Jerusalem demolitions; Abbas' call to end all agreements with Israel; New report on growth of settlement outposts; Gaza border protests continue; Bahrain workshop yet to lead to tangible results

These trends moved the Two-State Index down by 0.9% in July.

Read our detailed monthly analysis here: https://urlzs.com/E9KSi
 

Delegation of Palestinian and Israeli Journalists

This month four Israeli and four Palestinian media personnel set out on a joint delegation to explore how the press, on both sides of the border, covers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Seminar participants came from a variety of communication channels including television, radio, newspapers and news agencies with a plethora of views.
 
Participants engaged in fruitful discussions that focused on the challenges of conflict coverage, different media perspectives on both sides and the important role that the media has to play in the coverage of political issues.The mission brought together prominent figures and created an avenue for future Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.
 
The delegation was made possible thanks to the Geneva Initative’s ongoing cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Foundation.
 

Lessons From Bahrain

Economic incentives or compromising bribes? Dr. Lior Lehrs writes in the Jerusalem Post about why the Bahrain workshop was so unsuccessful in promoting the peace process, and how to move forward from here. Read the full article here.

There is a partner

So almost 50% of Gazans support armed conflict to end the Israeli occupation? At first glance, this figure may seem concerning, but concurrently, the same opinion poll reveals that half of Palestinians still believe in a two-state solution. How do we make sense of this?

With no formal peace process in place and marginal efforts to bring both sides to the negotiating table, we are at a standstill. It is no wonder that amid this situation that levels of frustration and hopelessness are partnered with calls for violent action.

“The window of opportunity is still open and most Palestinians still agree to the two-state solution, while recognizing the rights of both people,” Gadi Baltiansky, Director-General of the Geneva Initiative tells the Jerusalem Post, “a serious political process is not only critical, it is urgent.”

The conclusion is clear: the Palestinian public is a partner for peace. We must act now.

Read the full article here.

 

Two-State Index: Up by 1.1% in June

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The Bahrain Workshop. Palestinian support for boycott of US peace plan. Left-wing figures emerge in Israeli elections. Unsteady, unofficial ceasefire with Gaza holds. These trends moved the Two-State Index up by 1.1% in June.

Read our detailed monthly analysis here.

Watch in video format here.

49% of Palestinians prefer two-state solution

In a new poll by PCPSR sponsored by the Palestinian Peace Coalition and directed by leading Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, 49% of Palestinians indicated their preference for the two-state solution, compared to only 13% support for a one-state solution with equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis and 11% support for a one-state solution with Palestinian rights comparable to those of Arab Israelis today. Support for a two-state solution increases to 58% under certain concessions, such as respect for international law and recognition of the suffering of Palestinian refugees.

The message is clear: the majority of Palestinians prefer the two-state solution, and there are concrete steps that can raise this support still higher.

For more on the poll results, read here.

Joint Delegation to China

We welcome back our handpicked delegation of young Palestinian and Israeli leaders after a week-long trip to China. Spanning the political spectrum from left-to-right, participants engaged in constructive dialogue framed by discussions relating to China’s vision of peace and development in the region. This was a crucial opportunity to examine the conflict from afar but collectively.

We thank the Chinese MFA and their Embassy in Tel Aviv for sponsoring this memorable trip. Through the Geneva Initiative’s ongoing cooperation with the Chinese Government, we are able to support dialogue between the two sides and actively work to promote our shared goal of achieving a two-state solution.

Russian-Speakers Tour of the Gaza Envelope

June has been a busy month for our Russian-Speakers course! In addition to a series of meetings with Palestinian officials and Israeli MKs, a group of 40 young leaders from the Russian-speaking community traveled to the Gaza envelope area on June 20th with conflict expert Dr. Shaul Arieli for an intensive tour of the area. This tour is part of the Initiative's broader strategy to provide in-depth knowledge and tools related to promotion of the two-state solution for new leaders with the power to influence their communities.

Read more about the tour here

Mogherini to the US: Any plan must be on the basis of the Two-State-Solution

On June 18th, EU Vice President Federica Mogherini issued a timely and critical message to US Secretary of State Pompeo and to Jared Kushner, reiterating the EU's "readiness to work with the US administration" but only "on the basis of a negotiated two-state solution and the international parameters." 

The EU is not alone. The rest of the world, including the majority of Israelis and Palestinians, agree. Hopefully, the US will accept the message; perhaps their failure to bring officials from both sides to an economic workshop in Bahrain, let alone to the real negotiating table, will bring the lesson home. 

For more on the meeting, read the EU press release here

American Support for Peace

What brings Republicans, Democrats, AIPAC and J-Street together?

 

Legislation for peace.

 

 

The Partnership Fund for Peace Act is a bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening the Palestinian economy and encouraging cooperation between Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans. This is the latest in a series of announcements and bills by Congress aimed at strengthening the longstanding American commitment to the two-state solution. 

 

We still don’t know what’s included (or left out!) in the “Deal of the Century,” but we do know that leading American voices from the right, left, and center are coming out with a united message: the two-state solution has always been, and will continue to be, the best hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The Geneva Initiative applauds and stands with these important partners for peace.

 

Read more about the Peace Act here: https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-us-economic-aid-bill-for-palestinians-proposed-1001288631

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