GI Conference in the Knesset

On Monday, July 8, the Geneva Initiative held a conference in the Knesset to discuss the current peace process and the cost of the conflict. Speakers included Justice Minister and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Tzipi Livni (Ha'Tnua) and Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri (Yesh Atid).
The conference was attended by 30 members of the Knesset from seven parties (Yesh Atid, Labor, Ha'Tnuah, Meretz, Shas, Kadima, and Hadash). The group included two ministers (Livni and Peri), and well over one hundred members of the public who came to hear the day's proceedings and speakers. Former Palestinian Authority Minister Ashraf al Ajrami also spoke, as did Dr. Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).
 
Many of the MKs expressed frustration with the stagnant rhetoric surrounding the peace process and were positive in their support of reaching a final-status solution and assured the room that should Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reach a solution with the Palestinians, they would support its passage through the Knesset.
 
Ajrami, responding to MKs who placed the blame for the negotiation stalemate on the Palestinian leadership, said that Neyanyahu has been conducting secret meetings with Palestinian leaders in his home. Netanyahu's office denied any such meetings later in the day Monday.
 
Dr. Shikaki shared the results of a recent poll that the PSR had conducted, which found that the majority of Palestinians were ready to compromise and live peacefully with Israel in exchange for a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.