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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

Two-State Index goes up by 1% in June

 New elections in Israel, an American economic workshop in Bahrain, a ceasefire in Gaza: read our analysis and watch the latest video from the Two-State Index report here

The TSI is a monthly report and policy instrument that measures the viability of the two-state solution, produced with the support of the European Union. For more information, visit our Index website here.

Russian-Speakers Course

 Our leadership course for Russian speakers about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is in full swing. The course, which is led in partnership with the EU, gives Russian-speaking Israelis the skills and knowledge to become leaders and activists for peace in their communities. In our first meeting, over thirty young Russian speakers met with Yossi Beilin, head and co-founder of the Geneva Initiative. Other guest speakers in the course include Palestinian official Ashraf Ajrami and Israeli MK Ksenia Svetlova. 

Conference on Boundaries

On May 28th, the Geneva Initiative held a conference in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation on boundaries featuring a panel with Dr. Samih El-Abed, Dr. Shaul Arieli, and Dr. Yulia Elad Strenger. We were thrilled that so many came out to hear our Israeli and Palestinian experts discuss this important issue. The panel was mediated by Walla! News correspondent Ms. Tal Shalev.

April Two-State Index

The American "Deal of the Century." Tax payments to the Palestinian Authority. PM Netanyahu's statement on annexation. The Two-State Index moved down by 1.3% in April. Read the full report here.

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"

Click here for the full article.

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

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