Seminar for Young Israeli Political Activists

Seminar for Young Israeli Political Activists

On December 24-25, the Geneva Initiative held a two-day seminar for young Israeli political activists at Kibbutz Tzuba.

Participants included parliamentary assistants, leaders and activists from political groups at universitites in Israel, and position-holders from the young guards of political parties including Meretz, Kadima, and Labor. They numbered approximately 14.

In connection with the seminar, participants took part in a tour of the proposed border solution offered by the Geneva Initiative model, which was led by Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ilan Paz, former Commander of Civil Administration in the West Bank.

Participants on a tour of the Jerusalem envelope with Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ilan Paz

Back at Kibbutz Tzuba, Legal expert Talia Sasson, formerly the Head of Departemnt for Special Tasks in Israel's State Attorney's Office, discussed settlements. Michal Saliternik, a PhD student in international law, led a conversation on the refugee issue.

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Shlomo Brom--former head of Strategic Planning section of the Israel Defense Forces; a participant in the formal negotiations with the Palestinians, Syria, and Jordan; and currently a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies--discussed his role as a GI signatory and his experience taking part in the team which concluded the Geneva Accord annexes on security and borders.

The Geneva Initiative's Israel Director General, Gadi Baltiansky, met with participants to discuss the Geneva Initiative parameters and the current political situation.

Geneva Initiative's Israel Director General, Gadi Baltiansky, meets with participants.

Dr. Alon Liel, former Director General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs who is currently a lecturer of international relations and the head of an NGO which promotes Israeli-Syrian peace, also spoke.

From the Palestinian side, Isam Akel, head of the Palestinian Association for Local Municipalities (APLA) addressed the group.