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Russian-Speakers Tour of the Gaza Envelope

June has been a busy month for our Russian-Speakers course! In addition to a series of meetings with Palestinian officials and Israeli MKs, a group of 40 young leaders from the Russian-speaking community traveled to the Gaza envelope area on June 20th with conflict expert Dr. Shaul Arieli for an intensive tour of the area. This tour is part of the Initiative's broader strategy to provide in-depth knowledge and tools related to promotion of the two-state solution for new leaders with the power to influence their communities.

Read more about the tour here

23 June 2019

Russian-Speakers Course

 Our leadership course for Russian speakers about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is in full swing. The course, which is led in partnership with the EU, gives Russian-speaking Israelis the skills and knowledge to become leaders and activists for peace in their communities. In our first meeting, over thirty young Russian speakers met with Yossi Beilin, head and co-founder of the Geneva Initiative. Other guest speakers in the course include Palestinian official Ashraf Ajrami and Israeli MK Ksenia Svetlova. 

02 June 2019

Conference on Boundaries

On May 28th, the Geneva Initiative held a conference in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation on boundaries featuring a panel with Dr. Samih El-Abed, Dr. Shaul Arieli, and Dr. Yulia Elad Strenger. We were thrilled that so many came out to hear our Israeli and Palestinian experts discuss this important issue. The panel was mediated by Walla! News correspondent Ms. Tal Shalev.

02 June 2019

Meeting with American Congresspeople

This week GI Director Gadi Baltiansky, former Palestinian official Hind Khoury, and Swiss Ambassador Jean-Daniel Ruch met with a delegation of American congresspeople and the leaders of J-Street Israel.

We discussed in depth the different ways that the American Congress can help advance the two-state solution. International support for a peace agreement has played a significant role in the past; it is therefore important to maintain and strengthen American support for an an agreement.



22 February 2019

Youth Engagement: Mechinat Hannaton

What does the conflict mean for the next generation? Bringing Israeli and Palestinian youth into a conversation about peace is a critical component of our work here at the Geneva Initiative.
Director Gadi Baltiansky spoke to thirty young leaders from Mechinat Hannaton on February 11th about the Initiative's vision and work.

21 February 2019

Two-State Coalition Meets MK Tzipi Livni


Even as electoral politics rage around us, the heads of organizations participating in our Two-State Coalition convened to speak with the Head of Hatnuah party, MK Tzipi Livni, about promoting our joint vision. 

The Two-State Coalition project, under the direction of the Palestinian and Israeli branches of the Geneva Initiative, is a unique initiative that encourages cooperation between all of the different actors who are fighting for a permanent border between Israelis and Palestinians by means of a political agreement. 

03 January 2019

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

26 November 2018

An important and timely reminder: conflicts can be resolved

An integral part of our work is studying other conflicts around the world and deriving lessons from the ways in which they were resolved. This month we invited experts from Northern Ireland to join their Israeli and Palestinian colleagues in discussing the similarities and differences between the conflict in Northern Ireland and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in particular what lessons can be drawn and applied in a future process of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

One common feature of both conflicts was the feeling of despair. The Irish speakers admitted that they themselves had little faith that the conflict could be resolved until the agreement was signed, an impression that persisted for some time even after the signing. The feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are inherent to a long-standing conflict, they said, but we are measured by our ability to carry on despite them. As Peter Robinson, former First Minister of Northern Ireland, reminded us in his final remarks: "All conflicts can be resolved. I came here to say to you that even what appears to be impossible, is possible. So please, do not despair!"


25 November 2018

Israeli Peace Camp comes together for a crucial and timely discussion of Gaza

It's impossible to seriously and effectively promote the two-state solution while ignoring the issue of Gaza.

In October, with our partners in the Israeli peace camp, we held a thorough and honest discussion with the Untied Nations Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process, Mr. Nikolay Mladenov, and former Palestinian minister and Gaza resident, Mr. Hisham Abdel-Razak, attended by Members of Knesset, civil society activists and public-opinion shapers.

The dilemmas are far from simple, but our voice, as the Israeli peace camp, must be heard - about how to address Gaza, how to address the West Bank and mainly about the connection between both.

04 November 2018

Social Media Training for Youth in Gaza

In July, the Palestinian Peace Coalition – Geneva Initiative brought together youth from Gaza for training on “using social media in the service of community“.

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