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Dr. Shaul Arieli on the Jordan Valley

Speaking with Al-Monitor, conflict expert and Geneva Initiative member Dr Shaul Arieli says that the strategic depth of Israel's peace agreement with Jordan (and the close security cooperation) is more important than control over the Jordan Valley. The land, he explains, is significant for a future Palestinian state.


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11 August 2019

TSI in the News

The Jerusalem Post reported on the drop in our Two-State Index this month.
How do demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem impact the viability of a two-state solution?
Read the article here.
 
 
08 August 2019

Lessons From Bahrain

Economic incentives or compromising bribes? Dr. Lior Lehrs writes in the Jerusalem Post about why the Bahrain workshop was so unsuccessful in promoting the peace process, and how to move forward from here. Read the full article here.

18 July 2019

There is a partner

So almost 50% of Gazans support armed conflict to end the Israeli occupation? At first glance, this figure may seem concerning, but concurrently, the same opinion poll reveals that half of Palestinians still believe in a two-state solution. How do we make sense of this?

With no formal peace process in place and marginal efforts to bring both sides to the negotiating table, we are at a standstill. It is no wonder that amid this situation that levels of frustration and hopelessness are partnered with calls for violent action.

“The window of opportunity is still open and most Palestinians still agree to the two-state solution, while recognizing the rights of both people,” Gadi Baltiansky, Director-General of the Geneva Initiative tells the Jerusalem Post, “a serious political process is not only critical, it is urgent.”

The conclusion is clear: the Palestinian public is a partner for peace. We must act now.

Read the full article here.

 

09 July 2019

Two-State Index: Up by 1.1% in June

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The Bahrain Workshop. Palestinian support for boycott of US peace plan. Left-wing figures emerge in Israeli elections. Unsteady, unofficial ceasefire with Gaza holds. These trends moved the Two-State Index up by 1.1% in June.

Read our detailed monthly analysis here.

Watch in video format here.

07 July 2019

Mogherini to the US: Any plan must be on the basis of the Two-State-Solution

On June 18th, EU Vice President Federica Mogherini issued a timely and critical message to US Secretary of State Pompeo and to Jared Kushner, reiterating the EU's "readiness to work with the US administration" but only "on the basis of a negotiated two-state solution and the international parameters." 

The EU is not alone. The rest of the world, including the majority of Israelis and Palestinians, agree. Hopefully, the US will accept the message; perhaps their failure to bring officials from both sides to an economic workshop in Bahrain, let alone to the real negotiating table, will bring the lesson home. 

For more on the meeting, read the EU press release here

20 June 2019

American Support for Peace

What brings Republicans, Democrats, AIPAC and J-Street together?

 

Legislation for peace.

 

 

The Partnership Fund for Peace Act is a bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening the Palestinian economy and encouraging cooperation between Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans. This is the latest in a series of announcements and bills by Congress aimed at strengthening the longstanding American commitment to the two-state solution. 

 

We still don’t know what’s included (or left out!) in the “Deal of the Century,” but we do know that leading American voices from the right, left, and center are coming out with a united message: the two-state solution has always been, and will continue to be, the best hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The Geneva Initiative applauds and stands with these important partners for peace.

 

Read more about the Peace Act here: https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-us-economic-aid-bill-for-palestinians-proposed-1001288631

13 June 2019

Two-State Index goes up by 1% in June

 New elections in Israel, an American economic workshop in Bahrain, a ceasefire in Gaza: read our analysis and watch the latest video from the Two-State Index report here

The TSI is a monthly report and policy instrument that measures the viability of the two-state solution, produced with the support of the European Union. For more information, visit our Index website here.

04 June 2019

April Two-State Index

The American "Deal of the Century." Tax payments to the Palestinian Authority. PM Netanyahu's statement on annexation. The Two-State Index moved down by 1.3% in April. Read the full report here.

16 May 2019

Message from Ramallah

By Tal Lev-Ram, Maariv Online

 

 

In a visit to the Palestinian city, one can feel the influence of Israeli pressure on the Palestinian Authority, and the "Deal of the Century" isn't encouraging anyone. "As long as Jerusalem isn't on the table," people are saying there, "Trump's plan won't be, either"

 

 

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