In Focus

The Geneva Initiative launches a new political course in Ashkelon

After concluding several successful political courses across the country (including in Afula, Ashdod and Ramat-Gan), the Geneva Initiative opened a new course in the southern city of Ashkelon in February. The course will run through and will culminate in a workshop with graduates of a parallel Palestinian course.
 
 

 
 

 

Key Palestinian and Israeli opinion leaders and political activists met in Nazareth for a weekend seminar

 
 
On February 10-11, the Geneva Initiative brought together 20 senior opinion leaders and political activists from Israel and Palestine for two days of lectures, discussions and joint work in the city of Nazareth. The weekend seminar focused on key issues of the conflict and solutions proposed by the Geneva Initiative, and provided participants with detailed knowledge and a toolkit for promoting the two-state solution. It also demonstrated to the participants that there remains a partner for peace on the other side. As one Israeli participant said, "getting to know the Palestinian group made me realize that people on the other side want peace just as I do".
 

Capacity Building Seminar for Young Leaders in Ramallah

In early February, a group of 45 Palestinian young leaders took part in a two-day capacity building seminar Ramallah. The seminar provided the participants with detailed knowledge of the conflict and a toolkit to promote the two-state solution.
On the first day of the seminar, the group met with Nidal Foqaha, The Palestinian Director General of the Geneva Initiative, and discussed recent political developments in Palestine, Israel and the region and their impact on the Middle East Peace Process. Foqaha also spoke about youth involvement in the political and democratic process and identified some of the tools young Palestinians like themselves can use, like campaigning and advocacy.
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

The Geneva Initiative welcomes the Paris Peace Conference

The Geneva Initiative, an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Organization, warmly welcomes the upcoming international conference in Paris, and deeply appreciates the efforts made by France and the participating governments to help the two sides advance a process leading to peace between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. 

We at the Geneva Initiative firmly believe that the two-state solution is the only solution that can bring peace, security, freedom and hope to both nations. We call the conference participants to affirm their unequivocal commitment to the vision of two states living side by side in peace and security based on resolutions 242 of 1967, 338 of 1973, and also recalling relevant UNSC resolutions including 2334 and highlighting the importance and relevancy of the Arab Peace Initiative.

The ongoing bloodshed in our region tragically demonstrates the urgency of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We strongly condemn any violent action, regret any loss of life and call the international community to help put an end to this cycle of violence and open a new era in the history of Israeli-Palestinian relations.  

We recognize that the two-state solution cannot be fully implemented immediately. However, we are confident that the peace plan put forward by the Geneva Initiative, which is remarkably similar to the six principles of peace presented recently by Secretary of State John Kerry, demonstrates that a two-state solution that genuinely addresses both peoples' interests is still feasible. We call upon the conference participants to present practical ways leading to the realization of the two-state solution, and assure them that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians still support the two-state solution. As an Israeli-Palestinian civil society organization, we will support and cooperate with any international initiative that will aim to promote this solution. 

The Geneva Initiative is looking forward to working together with any international actor who is willing to advance the two-state solution. On behalf of the silent majority on both sides, we say to you today: we are not giving up on peace. Please do not give up on us. 

In the photo: GI's Palestinian and Israeli Directors meeting Pierre Vimont, the French Special Envoy for the Middle East peace process

 

 

 

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