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Israeli Government vs. State of Israel

Yesterday, the Israeli cabinet gave its initial support to a law defining Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. Respected Israeli columnist Ben Dror Yemini calls the proposed Jewish Nation-State Law ludicrous and unnecessary when "almost every serious peace initiative, including the Clinton outline and the Geneva Initiative, include the recognition of Israel as the Jewish people's nation-state."


Original text from the Geneva Initiative

The Geneva Initiative states clearly that "this agreement marks the recognition of the right of the Jewish people to statehood and the recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to statehood, without prejudice to the equal rights of the Parties' respective citizens."

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The Down Payment on Diplomatic Deadlock is Due Now

"There is no choice but to sound the warning again" writes Brig. Gen. Israela Oron, a senior member of the Geneva Initiative in Walla News.

Gen. Oron asks Israelis to consider why their leaders do not see the connection between the deadly combination of both a diplomatic stalemate and Israeli provocations and the recent rise of violence.

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Joint Israeli-Palestinian Seminar for Senior Likud Activists and Senior Palestinians

On November 6th-9th, members of the Likud Central Committee met with senior Palestinian leaders from Fatah and the Palestinian Authority, along with other activists from both sides, as part of a joint Israeli-Palestinian seminar organized by the Geneva Initiative.

In the picture: Likud Central Committee Members, Yossi Jino and Ami Argov with former Palestinian Minister Ashraf al-Ajrami

At the end of the two day seminar, the participants agreed on the importance of promoting a permanent status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to ensure peace and security for both sides. Despite the recent violence in Jerusalem and despite initial differences in opinion, the open dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian participants demonstrated to both sides that they have a partner for peace.

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Geneva Initiative meets with New EU Foreign Policy Chief

In early November, members of the Israeli and Palestinian steering committees of the Geneva Initiative met with the new High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms. Federica Mogherini.


Nidal Foqaha and Gadi Baltiansky, the Directors-General of the Geneva Initiative with Federica Mogherini, EU Foreign Policy chief

During the meeting Ms. Mogherini emphasized that promoting an Israeli-Palestinian peace process was a top priority. She added that her visit to Israel and Palestine during her first week in office, as well as the meeting with the Geneva Initiative, reflects her commitment to the issue.

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