Public Conference on the Price of Political Stalemate

On February 28, the Geneva Initiative held a public conference in collaboration with the Council on Peace and Security regarding the price of political stalemate.

 

Gadi Baltiansky, Director General of the Geneva Initiative, kicked off the event with opening remarks.

Participants then joined a discussion in the Price of Political Stalemate. Brigadier General (Res.) Shlomo Brom of the Institute for National Security Studies spoke about the security price. Sever Plocker, a journalist a Yediot Ahronot spoke about the economic price. And Professor Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Foreign Minister, spoke about the political price. "If we do not eliminate the occupation, the occupation will eliminate Israel," he argued, suggesting that Israel's diminished capacity to deal with lawfare is a result of its weak political position vis-a-vis the international community.

Shlomo Ben-Ami

A conversation on Political Questions in Light of the Changes in the Arab World followed. Colonel (Res.) Shaul Arieli spoke about the Palestinian channel, arguing that a Palestinian state East of the Jordan is an inevitability, and therefore it is in Israel's interest to be part of that process. Smader Peri, a journalist with Yediot Ahronot, spoke about the regional aspect. Profesor Eyal Zisser of Tel Aviv University, spoke about the Syrian channel.

After a break, Major General (Res.) Amram Mitzna, former head of the Labor party and Major General (Res.) Nati Sharoni, president of the Council for Peace and Security, led a concluding conversation. In his remarks, Mitzna noted that a political settlement based on common interests is the foundation for an agreement with the Palestinians. Brigadier General (Res.) Israela Oron, member of the GI Steering Committee, facilitated the evening.

Amram Mitzna

 

The event was attended by approximately 300 people, including nearly 40 diplomats. It took place in Hebrew with simultaneous translation into English. Click here for more photos.

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