Israel Towards September: A Geneva Initiative Conference in the Knesset

On July 25, the Geneva Initiative co-hosted a conference in the Knesset that drew MKs from accross the political spectrum, former Palestinian officials, and Geneva Initiative experts.
Members of Knesset from across the political spectrum – including Likud, Kadima, Shas, Labor, Ihud Leumi and Raam-Taal – analyzed the situation and listened to recommendations from Geneva Initiative Palestinian and Israeli experts.
 
To access video clips from the live event, click here.
 
 
Highlights of the conversation:
 
Minister Yossi Peled (Likud): More than a hundred countries will support the Palestinian proposal at the United Nations in September. Israel's isolation will deepen, countries may prohibit Israeli ships from unloading goods... a two-state solution is in our interest, and understanding this is essential for our existence
 
Daniel Shek, former Israeli Ambassador to France: Saying that international isolation is because of bad hasbara is like saying that chocolate tastes bad because of its wrapping.
 
Sameh Khader: There is no option other than a political soution for the Palestinian people or its leadership. Abbas has no choice--he is responding to the will of the people. They are waiting for it on the street.
 
MK Zahava Gal-On (Meretz): Recognition of a Palestinian state is an Israeli interest. Netanyahu's political intransigence is leading Israel towards international isolation.
 
MK Nachman Shai (Kadima): Demography will beat us. Israel is at the beginning of the process of becoming an apartheid state. You can not underestimate the Palestinians come September.
 
Former PA Minister Ashraf al-Ajrami:The Israeli government should recognize '67 lines as a basis for negotiations so that we can return to the negotiating table. Our leadership is against violence, but nobody knows where the frustration of the people will lead.
 
MK Masud Ganaim (Raam Taal): I want to see the creation of a Palestinian state in September through negotiations, but if not, then via the United Nations.
 
Gadi Baltiansky, Geneva Initaitive's Israel Director General: We see the current housing crisis, which everyone predicted, but did nothing to prevent. It is the same with the political situation -- everyone predicts, fears, but in the end the test will be whether or not they act in time. I am not afraid of the creating of a Palestinian state in September. I am afraid of what will happen if there is no Palestinian state.
 
We invite you to access a photo album of the event on our Facebook page. To access a video produced by the Knesset Channel (in Hebrew), please click here.
 
MK Daniel Ben Simon (Labor) co-hosted and chaired the half-day event.
 
MK Nachman Shai (Kadima), MK Daniel Ben Simon (Labor), and Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ilan Paz, on a panel discussing security issues.
 
Participants come to the microphone to voice their opinions and seek answers to their questions about what will happen come September.
 

Participants asked questions during the lively open session. To ask your questions, or voice your opinion, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/genevainitiative.