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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


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.



"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.

Jerusalem tour with Dr. Shaul Arieli


Jerusalem is often cited as one of the outstanding “intractable” issues that make the Palestinian-Israeli conflict so difficult to solve. Last Friday, 23.11, conflict expert and Geneva Initiative member Shaul Arieli led us on a tour in and around Jerusalem, explaining the various ways in which the Geneva Initiative has already offered concrete, practical solutions for the future status of this complicated city. These solutions have been formulated by Palestinian and Israeli experts (including Dr. Arieli himself) working together, determined to use the city that both sides value so highly as the key to a better future, instead of as an excuse for interminable violence.

The tour focused on the influence of security considerations, holy places, and demographics upon the role of Jerusalem in the conflict. Dr. Arieli brought a wealth of knowledge to the issues, walking participants through complex border negotiations and explaining the different cultural and historical understandings that Palestinians and Israelis have of the city that will hopefully become the capital of two states. The tour began in the rain and ended under clear skies on a lookout above the Old City. We hope the participants similarly came away with new clarity and hope.


Many thanks to our partner, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation, for making this tour possible.

Above: Dr. Shaul Arieli explains past, present, and future borders of Jerusalem

An important and timely reminder: conflicts can be resolved

A day we don’t do something to promote peace is a wasted day.

We were excited to host speakers from Northern Ireland who came with an important reminder: Conflicts can be resolved.

Or in the words of Mr Peter Robinson, former First Minister of Northern Ireland: "There is no conflict that cannot be resolved. I'm here to say that the impossible is possible. So please, do not despair!"

For more, click here



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