Geneva Initiative Annexes
Geneva Initiative Annexes


PPC Position Paper: The window of opportunity has narrowed

Palestinian Peace Coalition position paper - The Current Transformations: Opportunities and Risks in view of the Arab Spring
The Palestinian Peace Coalition - partner of the Geneva Initiative in Ramallah - recently released a position paper on the Arab Spring and its impact on the Israeli-Palesitnian peace process. The following are excerpts from the position paper, which were originally written in Arabic. The complete paper can be viewed in the Palesitnian Peace Coalition/Geneva Initiative.
For over sixty years, the region has not witnessed such a state of mobility and instability. Beginning with the Arab Spring, which has dramatically swept through ruling systems that seemed resistant to fall or collapse; and now with the increase of chances of a regional war against the backdrop of the Iranian nuclear project, while going through the attempt to control the upcoming structure for a region that began to lose the shape of its former strategic alliances, and facing the global financial crisis especially in Europe, the world is facing new transformations, and the Middle East in particular, will be the greatest end-result for such transformations. The geopolitical map will witness radical and profound changes which will reflect themselves on the perennial Middle East dilemma: The Question of Palestine. Unfortunately, international political awareness, especially that of the United States and Europe, still assumes that it is possible to manage the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with the same mentality and with the same tools that have been used for more than twenty years – policies of containments and crisis management and mechanisms that would ensure that no eruption takes place.
We are confident that the rise of new political forces in the region, regardless of their political or ideological identities, shall begin, through the support of their voters, to change policies that were with foregone conclusions during the life of the former regimes. The preoccupation of the Arab nations with their own internal affairs is not an indication of the absence of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from their internal agendas. Within this context, we must caution that the Question of Palestine is likely to become an internal issue for these Arab governments. The Question of Palestine is very likely to become a decisive factor in the internal alignmentsand coalition building for political forces within the Arab nations.
The International Community and its major powers know well enough the best method of solving the Palestinian and Arab-Israeli Conflict, and they aware that the Palestinians and the Arabs have offered all they could to dispel Israel’s fears regarding its future in the region. We do not believe that the Arabs and the Palestinians are able to offer more than the Arab Peace Initiative. Any illusions Israel might have about gaining more from the Palestinians or the Arabs through the reality on the ground may lead to opposite results – the return of the conflict to its old slogans. No one can predict the masses’ mood when they are subject to humiliation. And no one can guarantee that the new Arab governments, which are indebted to their citizens, will remain pragmatic and flexible.
Eight years have passed since the inception of the Geneva Initiative, and nine years since the inception of the Arab Peace Initiative. If the Geneva Initiative offered a realistic and a comprehensive vision for a solution on the Palestinian-Israeli front, the Arab Peace Initiative offered a comprehensive political solution on the Arab front. Indeed, it would be pure political foolishness to ignore the two initiatives, as the world still believes in the two-state solution as well as a regional solution.
Today we have the opportunity to force Israel to accept this historic compromise through the force of the international community. However, this opportunity may not be available in the very near future. Time is no longer a luxury – rather it could cost Israel and the region a very high cost should Israel keep on ignoring the radical changes that are currently taking place in the Arab World.
To read the entire paper in Arabic, click here