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Announced U.S. funding cut threatens continuation of Geneva Initiative's program

 

President Trump’s administration announced that it will cut funding to conflict management and mitigation programs, aimed at strengthening Israeli-Palestinians ties, especially among children and young people. One of the affected programs would be The Palestinian Peace Coalition’s Youth Impact Policy, a project aimed at engaging young Palestinians and Israelis in people-to-people cross-border activities. The program works to create a young constituency in the Palestinian Territories and Israel that will be equipped with information on the conflict and ways to solve it, and an understanding of the perspectives, narratives and experiences of people on the other side. Supported by USAID, this program is not likely to continue in light of the expected funding cut, meaning that the 1,300 young Israeli and Palestinian men and women who were meant to take part in the project will not have a chance to meet one another.

 

The hundreds of young Israeli and Palestinians alumni of this program are currently working within their communities and their circles of influence to strengthen the voice of the peace camp and advocate for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. Their voices need to be amplified, not stifled. They need to be joined by others like them, more and more young people committed to peace and interested in knowing and hearing the “other”.  

 

We have seen the genuine desire and interest among young people on both sides to engage, even in the face of an environment that urges them not to. In a reality where encounters between Israelis and Palestinians have become exceedingly rare – with the exception of encounters between Palestinians and the Israeli soldiers or settlers – the funding cut will make it even more difficult to bring people together. It would be nothing short of a tragedy to prevent these opportunities from the people who seek them because of political miscalculations.

 

We are used to working against the odds, in a climate that is not supportive or conducive to our work and messages. We have grown quite adept at identifying opportunities where others might see only obstacles. This is a moment for renewed vigor, not despair; we do not have that luxury. The Geneva Initiative and other organizations will continue bringing people together and working towards peace. There is no alternative. The conflict is not going to resolve itself.

 

We call on all of those who still believe in peace to join us and support our work. We call on the international community to double down on its commitment to peace. Now is the time not for wavering or doubts, but for an unequivocal demonstration of support for the feasibility of peace.

Two-State Index went down 2.1% in August

American hostility, mediation efforts in Gaza, a wave of settlement approvals, and more: Here is why the Two-State Index (TSI) went down 2.1% in August and currently stands at 5.27.
 
 
 
The TSI is a monthly assessment of the road to the two state solution. Examining more than 50 different parameters, it organizes and systematizes the latest developments and determines whether they create progress toward or regress away from two states. Ultimately, the TSI produces a coherent assessment of the plight of the two-state option. Check out the TSI web site and subscribe to the newsletter here.

 

 

New poll shows: support for the two-state solution is in decline, yet it remains the most favored option

August 15, 2018

A new poll by the Tami Stainmetz Center for Peace Research and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey shows that while support for the two-state solution is down, it remains the most favored alternative by both the Israeli and the Palestinian publics.

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Two State Index went down 2.9% in July

Tensions mount in Jerusalem; cooler heads prevail in Gaza (for the time-being); U.S. diplomacy grinds to a halt, as does aid to the Palestinians; Israel passes a major controversial law, and more: Here is why our Two-State Index (TSI) went down 2.9% in July and currently stands at 5.38. 
 
 

The TSI is a monthly assessment of the road to the two state solution. Examining more than 50 different parameters, it organizes and systematizes the latest developments and determines whether they create progress toward or regress away from two states. Ultimately, the TSI produces a coherent assessment of the plight of the two-state option. Check out the TSI web site and subscribe to the newsletter here.

GI Delegations Participated in the 2018 International Caux Forum

The Geneva Initiative was delighted to send Palestinian and Israeli delegations to the international Caux Forum this year. In early July, 14 young leaders – political and social activists, youth leaders, political advisors and parliamentary staff from Israel and the West Bank took part in the conference, where they learned about peace building around the world and inspired people with their own stories.

Two State Index went up to 5.53

Europe increases its diplomatic engagement as America prepares to release its peace plan; regional leaders have their say; Gaza continues its slide toward conflict, and more: Here is why our Two-State Index (TSI) went up to 5.53 in June.

The TSI is a monthly assessment of the road to the two state solution. Examining more than 50 different parameters, it organizes and systematizes the latest developments and determines whether they create progress toward or regress away from two states. Ultimately, the TSI produces a coherent assessment of the plight of the two-state option. Check out the TSI web site and subscribe to the newsletter here.

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