Two Day Seminar for Mayors and Heads of Local Councils

On February 24 and 25, the Geneva Initiative held a two-day conference for Israeli mayors and heads of local councils on "Israel and the Palestinians: Towards a decision."

The seminar equipped participants with tools for political decisionmaking and provided a forum for discussion of the central issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the principle of two states, borders, security, refugees, Jerusalem and mutual recognition.

On Thursday, Col. (res.) Shaul Arieli led a discussion on key issues in Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gadi Baltiansky, GI's Israel Director General, lectured on possible solutions to the conflict.

Sufian Abu Zaida--Senior Fatah member, former Minister for Prisoner Affairs in the Palestinian Authority, and current member of the Palestinian negotiating team--discussed the Palestinian position regarding negotiations with Israel.

Brigadier General (res.) Ilan Paz, former head of the Civil Administration in the West Bank, discussed the security aspects of continued Israeli control of the territories.

On Friday, Col. (res.) Shaul Arieli led a tour illustrating GI's proposed border solution in the Sharon/Shomron area.

The seminar, which took place in Netanya, was attended by mayors and heads of regional councils in Israel. Some were new to GI activity, others participated in our recent seminar at the Dead Sea. Click here for more information about that seminar, including the public controversey it caused.