Press Conference for Russian journalists

On August 13, GI signatory Dr. Samih El Abed met with Israeli Russian-speaking journalists. The press conference was held at the Geneva Initiative offices in Tel Aviv.

Date: 13.08.09

On August 13, GI signatory Samih El Abed (Ph.D) met with Israeli Russian-speaking journalists. The press conference was held at the Geneva Initiative premises and brought together a dozen journalists contributing to Russian-speaking media in Israel.
Dr. El Abed defined the current situation, following the Fatah Convention, as new era. According to him most new members of the Central Committee belong to the younger generation, have participated in the Oslo peace process and thus represent good partners for peace. He identified the change in Fatah leadership as well as the international community’s intensive support of reaching a permanent agreement between Israel and Palestine as important factors in realizing the two-state solution. He also highlighted the fact, that both sides need to live up to their obligations as outlined in the Road Map (click here for Road Map). The following issues were also discussed: future of the two-state solution, refugees, the Jewish character of Israel, status of minorities in both future states as well as the new Fatah leadership’s attitude towards the Hamas.
As Mr. El Abed pointed out, the Geneva Accord proposes a solution to all of the above-mentioned issues.

The briefing was reported on in the Israeli-speaking Russian media and received online coverage, examples of which can be viewed by clicking here and here. Additional coverage was received in the leading weekly Novosty Nideli, on Israeli Radio, and on Israeli TV Channel 9 website (the translation of which can be accessed by clicking here). In total, the session resulted in 9 different items in the Russian-speaking Israeli media.

Samih El Abed (Ph.D) is a former Minister of Housing and Public Works and a member of the Palestinian negotiation team.

 

View Samih El Abed's introduction to the press conference in the clip below.

To view clips of the Q&A session please click here.