What the Document Leaks Reveal about the Relevance of Geneva

 

LAND SWAPS, SETTLEMENT BLOCKS, AND BORDERS: WHAT ABOUT THE GENEVA MODEL?

Palestinian proposals for splitting Jerusalem were not far from Clinton and Geneva plans, maps reveal
By Nir Hasson, Haaretz

Haaretz ran a story on its front page saying leaked documents show Palestinians agreeing to divide Jerusalem based on the Geneva Initiative maps with slight modifications. Click here to view the maps for yourself.

Front page of Haaretz (January 25, 2011)

Curious what that means for the fate of large settlement blocks including Ma'ale Adumim and Ariel? To see which settlements would be annexed to Israel and which evacuated under the Geneva Initiative model, click here and check out the plan.

 

GENEVA INITIATIVE COMMENTARY ON THE MEANING OF THE LEAKS

Negotiation without secrets
By Gadi Baltiansky (Walla)

GI's Israel Director General says "the public does not need the Al-Jazeera leaks to know there is a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one that would safeguard the interests of both sides." His advice to the the region's leaders? Enough with secrecy, no more spin, let's have the truth.

The PA papers: a political opportunity
By Yossi Beilin (Yisrael Hayom)

GI co-architect says, "the Palestinians do not need to be ashamed that they made significant progress towards a compromise. Israel also has nothing to be embarrassed about." The papers can be a political opportunity.

In Abbas we have a partner
By Yossi Beilin (Jewish Chronicle)

GI co-architect says, both sides should admit that the gaps are not as great as the rejectionists claim, and try to find the bridges. How does he know it can be done? "We did [it] with the Geneva Initiative seven years ago."

Palestinian critics shouldn't be so hasty to dismiss Abbas
By Shaul Arieli (Haaretz)

GI negotiatior says the publication of the Palestinian proposals proves there is no base to the slogans spread by Netanyahu that the Palestinians' position on the two core issues threatens the Zionist vision.

A remarkable, brilliant exercise in public diplomacy
By Michal Radoshitsky (Jerusalem Post)

GI's Director of Foreign Relations says al-Jazeera has done a great service to Israelis and Palestinians by illustrating for the public what leaders have been hesitant to say.

Why are peace talks secret?
By Jessica Brandt (YNet)

GI's Foreign Relations Coordinator says the fallout from the leaks are evidence that both leaderships must do a better job of preparing public opinion for the concessions that will have to be made in order to achieve agreement.

 

GENEVA INITIATIVE MEDIA CAMPAIGN: THE LEAKS SHOW PEACE IS POSSIBLE

On January 26, the Geneva Initiative ran a series of ads in two major publications in Israel, Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot, arguing tha the documents released by al-Jazeera revealed what we already know: there is a partner, the gaps are small, and an agreement is possible. Click here to check them out.

GI advertisements (follow the link above for translation)

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LEAKS AND THE GENEVA INITIATIVE

The selling of the "Palestine Papers"
By Jackson Diehl, the Washington Post

Palestinian compromise positions were broadcast years ago in the Geneva Accord.

"Palestine Papers" offer hope, not despair
By Noah Efron, Huffington Post

Everyone agrees about the ultimate agreement between the two sides will look like. More or less, it's the solution reached in the Geneva Initiative.

Al Jazeera leaks: Who are the winners and losers?
By Carlo Strenger, Haaretz

The basic parameters of any future peace agreement were formulated by Bill Clinton in the year 2000, and reasserted in the Geneva Accords. None of the contents of the Al Jazeera leaks differ dramatically from either.