Demography, politics and the two-state solution: Geneva Initiative lectures for journalists

In December, we organized a series of lectures for 25 senior journalists from key Israeli media outlets who cover the conflict, the Palestinians and the peace process.
 
The event opened with a fascinating presentation by Prof. Arnon Sofer, a renowned demography expert from Haifa University, who briefed the participants about demographic trends in Israel, Palestine and the region, and demonstrated the demographic implications associated with different solutions to the conflict, arguing that a two-state solution is the only formula for keeping Israel a democratic state with a Jewish majority. One experienced journalist said after the lecture that despite working on these issues for years, she had never heard the numbers Prof. Sofer presented before, and that this lecture "should be compulsory for Israeli journalists covering the conflict and the peace process". 
 
Dr. Khalil Shikaki

Next, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, presented findings from recent studies and polls he conducted on stands and opinions among Palestinians in the West-Bank and Gaza. The bottom line: The two-state solution remains the preferred formula among Palestinians, but a lack of trust in the Israeli side and growing frustration with the political deadlock should cause concern.

 

This event was made possible through the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development.