In Focus

GI Meets with Artbridge Youth Leaders

Last week, Palestinian and Israeli representatives of the Geneva Initiative met with Israeli and Palestinian graduates of the Artsbridge program, which uses the visual arts, film, and dialogue to empower Israeli and Palestinian youth.

The participants heard about the Geneva Initiative's activities and the different ways to promote cooperation between the two sides. They also discussed their responsibility as young leaders to work for change and correct the stereotypes and myths which are prevalent in both societies. This was one of the many educational activities conducted by the Geneva Initiative for Palestinian and Israeli youth.

 

One shouldn't mislead the public by speaking about a 'United Jerusalem' and then presenting a plan for dividing it

Geneva Initiative (Israel) Director General Gadi Baltiansky participated in a conference at the Israeli Knesset initiated by MK Hilik Bar (Zionist Camp). During the conference MK Bar presented his new proposal for a diplomatic framework.

Geneva Initiative (Israel) Director General Gadi Baltiansky

Baltiansky said during the conference:

"I commend MK Bar on the comprehensive and serious document which reflects a legitimate opening Israeli position for future negotiations which will lead to a Geneva style compromise. and could represent the basis for a public discourse on promoting the two state solution. However, one should not mislead the public by speaking about a 'United Jerusalem' and then presenting a plan for dividing it.

 

Palestinian FM: “two state solution or one apartheid state. There is no third option.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki: “We can either reach an agreement on the two state solution or there will be one apartheid state. There is no third option.”

Al-Maliki made the statement at a UN Conference in support of the two state solution which took place this week in Moscow, with the participation of numerous senior figures from the Arab states and the wider international community.

In the photo: (from right) The Geneva Initiative’s Israeli and Palestinian Directors General, Gadi Baltiansky and Nidal Foqaha speaking at the conference
The Geneva Initiative’s Israeli and Palestinian Directors General, Gadi Baltiansky and Nidal Foqaha, also spoke at the conference where they presented an outline for how progress could be made including: steps to be taken in the field, a gradual implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative, working towards an internal Palestinian reconciliation and presentation of the key elements required in a peace agreement on the basis of the Geneva Initiative model.
 

Tour for New MKs

MK Zouheir Bahloul (Zionist Camp): "The Geneva Initiative is a realistic toolkit. It is in essence a sober and sane initiative"

MK Bahloul made the remarks this week during a tour of East Jerusalem for new members of Knesset from two parties in the coalition and two parties in the opposition. The tour was led by Col. (res.) Shaul Arieli and highlighted the situation on the ground and possible solutions.

MK Merav Ben Ari (Kulanu) summed up her experience: "We just finished a fascinating tour with the Geneva Initiative, we which allowed me to see the issues relating to East Jerusalem up close, to see what everyone is talking about."

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