In Focus

"The time for courage is now."

Senior Geneva Initiative member Col. (res.) Shaul Arieli has a message for Europe -- "Do not repeat Kerry's UN Resolution failure" he writes in an Haaretz Op-Ed article published on December 21st, 2014. "The time for courage is now."

A Meeting of the United Nations Security Council

Arieli outlines six key points that the package deal must include if the international community hopes to be successful in advancing negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. These issues, he writes, must be clearly and fairly discussed in order for both sides to accept negotiations and to stave off another diplomatic paralysis.

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Looking Ahead: Young Israeli and Palestinian Activists Meet in Jericho

“It is your future” — said Nidal Foqaha, Director General of PPC-GI, at the end of the day-long meeting in Jericho with 50 Palestinian and Israeli young political leaders on December 20th. For several hours, the participants discussed many tense subjects and shared their views while listening and engaging with other perspectives. At the end of the meeting, the participants expressed interest in further follow-up talks with one participant saying that he "sees hope despite the darkness".


What's next on the political horizon: Israeli Politics and the Peace Process

On December 17th, 40 ambassadors, deputy heads of mission and other diplomats based in Israel convened at the Geneva Initiative offices for an informational meeting on Israel's upcoming elections and the peace process.

The meeting focused on two subjects: one, an overview of the domestic political map and how that map may change due to the upcoming March 17th elections and, two, the role of the international community in influencing elections and the peace process, especially with the UN Security Council resolution on the horizon. The diplomats heard from Amir Tibon, the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent at Walla News, and Gadi Baltiansky, Director General of the Geneva Initiative.

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We are deeply saddened by the untimely loss of Ziad Abu Ain

We are deeply saddened by the untimely loss of Ziad Abu Ain, Minister for Settlement and Wall Affairs at the Palestinian Authority, member of Fatah Revolutionary Council and member of the Palestinian Peace Coalition – Geneva Initiative Steering Committee. Abu Ain, who helped negotiate the Geneva Accords, was a moderate and rationale voice in support of peace. His death, while peacefully demonstrating against settlements and planting olives trees to mark International Human Rights Day, is a difficult blow for supporters of peace. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends and the Palestinian People.






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