Mayors at Geneva Initiative Seminar in Akko

Mayors at Geneva Initiative Seminar in Akko

On June 17, the Geneva Initiative convened a two-day seminar for mayors from across Israel and across the political spectrum.

The Geneva Initiative held a seminar for 20 mayors and deputies from across Israel--from north to south, from Shas to National Union. The seminar, which took place in Akko, offered participants an opportunity to meet with Palestinian officials and the heads of the initiative.  Participants also met with Labor Party candidate Amram Mitzna, whose remarks were covered by extensively in the media:

 
Published in Ma'ariv:
 
Mitzna: Israel is losing its peace partners
 
The Labor candidate said at a meeting of the Geneva Initiative that the text of an agreement with the Palestinians already exists, but "Israel is engaged dialogue with itself."
 
Maya Bengal | 18/06/2011
 
"Over the years we have been holding a dialogue with ourselves and every passing year the contract we will ultimately have to sign with the Palestinians becomes more complex," said Amram Mitzna, Labor candidate at aGeneva Initiative seminar held in Akko for 20 mayors from around the country.
 
"The text of the future agreement has been on the table for a long time in one form or another, such as the Geneva Initiative model, and yet we have not reached an agreement," said Mitzna, who warned that as time passes, Israel loses its main partner, the United States.
 
Mitzna reiterated his position and explained that Israeli interests should be clear separation from the Palestinians. "It also means [separation from] part of the territories. I think there is a confluence of interests that could lead to an agreement."
 
He said the final settlement will be based on the '67 borders, with large Israeli settlement blocs and areas substitutions scale of 4-6 percent, a demilitarized Palestinian state, Israeli military force to settle for a short period along the Jordan Valley.
 
Regarding Jerusalem, in his view, the Arab neighborhoods should be under Palestinian sovereignty with a special regime in the Holy Basin, and in all cases without right of return for Palestinian refugees to Israel. "Based on these lines we have the ability to reach agreements that will receive international support and the support of the Arab League."