Jerusalem tour with Dr. Shaul Arieli

 

Jerusalem is often cited as one of the outstanding “intractable” issues that make the Palestinian-Israeli conflict so difficult to solve. Last Friday, 23.11, conflict expert and Geneva Initiative member Shaul Arieli led us on a tour in and around Jerusalem, explaining the various ways in which the Geneva Initiative has already offered concrete, practical solutions for the future status of this complicated city. These solutions have been formulated by Palestinian and Israeli experts (including Dr. Arieli himself) working together, determined to use the city that both sides value so highly as the key to a better future, instead of as an excuse for interminable violence.

The tour focused on the influence of security considerations, holy places, and demographics upon the role of Jerusalem in the conflict. Dr. Arieli brought a wealth of knowledge to the issues, walking participants through complex border negotiations and explaining the different cultural and historical understandings that Palestinians and Israelis have of the city that will hopefully become the capital of two states. The tour began in the rain and ended under clear skies on a lookout above the Old City. We hope the participants similarly came away with new clarity and hope.

 

Many thanks to our partner, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation, for making this tour possible.

Above: Dr. Shaul Arieli explains past, present, and future borders of Jerusalem