In Focus

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.

Israeli Public Opinion Survey (according to intended party alignments)

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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The TSI is a monthly assessment of the path to a two-state solution. Check out the website and subscribe to the newsletter here

Two-State Coalition Meets MK Tzipi Livni

 

Even as electoral politics rage around us, the heads of organizations participating in our Two-State Coalition convened to speak with the Head of Hatnuah party, MK Tzipi Livni, about promoting our joint vision. 

The Two-State Coalition project, under the direction of the Palestinian and Israeli branches of the Geneva Initiative, is a unique initiative that encourages cooperation between all of the different actors who are fighting for a permanent border between Israelis and Palestinians by means of a political agreement. 

Amos Oz, Leading Voice in Geneva Initiative, Passes Away

 "Bring a bucket of water and throw it on the fire, and if you don’t have a bucket, bring a glass, and if you don’t have a glass, use a teaspoon, everyone has a teaspoon. And yes, I know a teaspoon is little and the fire is huge but there are millions of us and each one of us has a teaspoon."

- Amos Oz, "How to Cure a Fanatic"

The Geneva Initiative mourns the passing of one its founders and leaders, celebrated author Amos Oz.

 

 

TSI Special Edition: Differentiation Update

What is UN Security Council Resolution 2334? How does the international community differentiate between Israel and the territories acquired after 1967? What does differentiation mean for Israel's future diplomatic and economic relations with the world?

The latest edition of the Two-State Index answers these questions and more. Click here to read the special edition. Visit the Index website here.

 

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"US, Israeli, Palestinian leaders more hawkish than their peoples"

Yossi Beilin points out the significant gaps between political leadership and popular opinion among Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans on Al-Monitor.

For the full article, click here.

UNGA reaffirms two-state solution

 

What do Iran, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and Lebanon all have in common?

It turns out that they all support the Geneva Initiative.

Last Thursday, 156 member states of the United Nations General Assembly called for the implementation of a two-state solution of “Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security… based on the pre-1967 borders.”

For more information, see UN press coverage here and the voting record for the resolution here.

Two-State Index goes up by 1.9% in November

Israel and Hamas found themselves on the verge of war before restoring a fragile ceasefire. The Gaza escalation unleashed a political crisis in Israel. Israel unleashed unprecedented moves targeting East Jerusalem. In the US midterm elections, Democrats take control of the House, moving towards new positions on Israel/Palestine.
 
These trends raised the Two-State Index by 1.9%. For more information, click here.

 

The TSI is a monthly assessment of the road to the two state solution. Check out the TSI website and subscribe to the newsletter here.

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