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Geneva Initiative: The principles of a plausible Israeli-Palestinian deal

Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon write in the New Republic that due to the Geneva Initiative the contours of an achievable agreement are known:

“The good news was that, after previous rounds of talks and model treaties like the 2003 Geneva Initiative, the principles of any plausible Israeli-Palestinian deal were known”.

They add about the Geneva Initiative: "It is considered to this day to be the most detailed example of what an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement could look like.

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On hope and despair in the Middle East


"Israel has, of course, many reasons to fear and to worry. The Middle East is in turmoil, fanatic and fundamentalist currents toss and turn it, and most of it is still hostile toward Israel and openly wishes for its destruction. But precisely against those dangers and threats, the policy of despair and dejection does not seem to be the right path to follow.

We who have gathered here today, and many others who are with us in spirit, insist upon hope. A hope that is not wide-eyed, a hope that won’t give up. A hope that gives us – Israelis and Palestinians both – our only chance to resist the gravitational pull of despair."

Author David Grossman, Geneva Initiative signatory in a speech at the Israel Conference on Peace organized by the Haaretz newspaper, which took place in the shadow of escalating violence.

 
Video speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the conference.

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Geneva Initiative Seminar for Israeli Journalists

In late June we held a seminar for 20 Israeli journalists which included a meeting with Ambassador Lars Faaborg – Andersen, Head of the EU Delegation to Israel. He warned that the EU member states are losing patience with Israel's settlement building policy and predicted that other countries would join Italy, Spain, France and Britain in warning their nationals not to conduct business over the green line. Ambassador Faaborg – Andersen also emphasized that if Israel were to work for a peace agreement, the EU would take further steps to strengthen relations with Israel.

Ambassador Lars Faaborg – Andersen at the Seminar

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Geneva Initiative: The principles of a plausible Israeli-Palestinian deal

Geneva Initiative Steering Committee member Yair Inov calls in Ha'aretz for a return to the Geneva Initiative:

"The Geneva Initiative model agreement includes, alongside painful concessions, an agreed solution that respects the wishes of both sides. It does not negate the national narratives of either side and allows both sides to continue to develop their futures."

 

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