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Message from Ramallah

 By Tal Lev-Ram, Maariv Online

 

 

In a visit to the Palestinian city, one can feel the influence of Israeli pressure on the Palestinian Authority, and the "Deal of the Century" isn't encouraging anyone. "As long as Jerusalem isn't on the table," people are saying there, "Trump's plan won't be, either"

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Two-State Index: Down by 0.2% in March

 Israeli elections approach. Tensions in Gaza. Disputed diplomatic moves over the Golan Heights. This and more moved the Two-State Index down by 0.2% this past month. 

For the full report, read here.

For more on the Geneva Initiative's TSI, visit the website.

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Palestinian Poll Shows Increased Support for the Two-State Solution

The numbers are in: two states is still the preferred solution among Palestinians. A recent poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research indicates an increase in Palestinian support for the two-state solution. 48% of the population supports the two-state solution, while 17% reported that they preferred the one-state solution, and 23% prefer a different solution.

Read more about the findings here.

Geneva Initiative Elections Debate

The public is cordially invited to attend a political debate on how to address the conflict. 

GI Spokesperson Participates in Japanese Peace Delegation

Maya Glassman, the Israeli spokesperson for the Geneva Inititiative, participated in a joint delegation sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegation was part of a program for young professionals dedicated to advancing peace in the Middle East. Over the course of the trip, Maya told participants about the Geneva model for a two-state solution and emphasized the immediate need to begin negotiations between the sides. Not many are aware of Japan's involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Japan took part in the Madrid Conference and in the Oslo Accords process. The peace program that Glassman participated in has been running for over 20 years.

 

Oslo and Camp David: One and the Same?

Analysis on the Cairo Review of lessons from past negotiations by GI co-founder Yossi Beilin

Meeting with American Congresspeople

This week GI Director Gadi Baltiansky, former Palestinian official Hind Khoury, and Swiss Ambassador Jean-Daniel Ruch met with a delegation of American congresspeople and the leaders of J-Street Israel.

We discussed in depth the different ways that the American Congress can help advance the two-state solution. International support for a peace agreement has played a significant role in the past; it is therefore important to maintain and strengthen American support for an an agreement.

 

 

Youth Engagement: Mechinat Hannaton

What does the conflict mean for the next generation? Bringing Israeli and Palestinian youth into a conversation about peace is a critical component of our work here at the Geneva Initiative.
Director Gadi Baltiansky spoke to thirty young leaders from Mechinat Hannaton on February 11th about the Initiative's vision and work.

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I-Panels Survey Sponsored by the Geneva Initiative, January 2019

Read the Haaretz article on the poll results here.

Two-State Index goes up by 1% in January

Abbas strikes a reconciliatory tone toward Israel; Benny Gantz launched his campaign and immediately shot up in the polls; UN and Qatar restored a fragile calm in Gaza; U.S. aid to the Palestinians is set to stop; UN warned about the state of the two-state solution as the U.S. considers its strategy.

These events and some contradictory trends ultimately moved the Two-State Index (TSI) up by 1.0% in January.

For the full report, click here. For the Index website, go here

Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East

"Critical work continues to be done by civil society to find common ground and to work towards resolving the conflict. Their efforts are inspiring and should be applauded and supported by all." -UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov 

We at the Geneva Initiative thank the Special Coordinator for his powerful words about the need to make progress towards a final-status solution and for his support of civil society organizations working towards peace. 

Read the full speech here.

Nickolay Mladenov (on screen), UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefs the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. UN Photo/Loey Felipe - 22 January 2019

 

Two-State Index goes down by 1.6% in December

 Israel announces early elections. European countries take a stand in the United Nations about a possible American peace deal. Escalation in the West Bank. Mahmoud Abbas dissolves the Palestinian parliament. 

These trends lowered the Two-State Index by 1.6%. For more information, see the full report here

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