Members of Knesset, former security officials and senior Palestinian figures at a Geneva Initiative Seminar

The formal political process has long been deadlocked, but we continue to work relentlessly to keep a high level, open and constructive dialogue going. On December 15-17, we brought together a group of Israeli and Palestinian senior policy makers and former officials for an intensive series of discussions on the current political and security situation, the conflict and ways to promote a two-state solution.



The Israeli participants included MKs Merav Michaeli and Omer Bar-Lev (Zionist Camp), former IDF Planning Directorate chief Maj. Gen. (ret.) Nimrod Sheffer, and former Deputy National Security Advisor and Geneva Initiative board member Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Israela Oron. On the Palestinian side, the participants included Former Minister of Prisoners Hisham abed al Razak, former minister and member of the Palestinian negotiating team Dr Samih al-Abed, and former advisor to Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad, Jamal Zakout.
During the seminar, the participants reviewed the current political situation in Israel and Palestine, and discussed some of the different messages they, as key public figures, should communicate to their domestic audiences. Another portion of the seminar was devoted to the issue of the international arena. In this context, the participants reflected on the steps they should take so as to contribute to the momentum created by recent international and regional developments (e.g., the French Initiative, new American administration, etc.).
The participants all agreed that the Geneva Initiative model continues to offer a feasible basis for an agreement, and decided to continue to promote it among the Israeli and Palestinian leadership and societies.