Geneva Initiative Annexes
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1. Jerusalem: facts vs. fiction
(Polls/Israeli Polls)
...t about their voters? Well, close to two thirds say they agree that Jerusalem is already divided into two cities - the eastern city and the western city. This is according to the latest results o...

...than one-time projects. However, it also necessitates a change in mindset and a range of professional capacities which differ from those generally common among NGOs working on the grassroots level. In...

...nd the vast majority due to natural growth. A third of Israelis living in the West Bank live in these two cities, which provide a cynical solution to the ultra-Orthodox community’s housing crisi...

...fighting radical Islam and prevents the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from engulfing the continent’s cities.   Yet Netanyahu is using Trump even more than he is using Abbas, hence the im...

...dquo; councils in the West Bank. Moreover, it’s important to note that the two large ultra-Orthodox cities, Betar Ilit and Modi’in Ilit – which are home to about a third of all Israe...

...s, and explained the difference between big settlements with primarily secular population, Ultra-Orthodox cities, mixed settlements and illegal outposts.   Samih and Fatina, the Palestinian r...

7. Tour of Greater Jerusalem for Senior Party Activists
(Events/Local Activities - 2016)
...   Participants came from across the country, with some of them traveling all the way from distant cities in Northern and Southern Israel. Others were Jerusalemites who actually reside in settl...

...r. But this is not the situation. The checkpoints are spread out across the West Bank, separating between cities, villages, families. They make people’s lives miserable and hopeless. Want to kno...

9. Palestinian Local Course in Al Obeidiyyeh
(Events/Local Activities - 2016)
...or national levels but tend to be neglected by other peace organizations that operate primarily in larger cities.   In the first meeting, participants were welcomed by the Mayor of Alobeidiyy...

10. Palestinian Local Political Course in Tubas
(Events/Local Activities - 2016)
...or national levels but tend to be neglected by other peace organizations that operate primarily in larger cities.   Participants were welcomed to the course by the Mayor of Tubas, who express...

...d in our conflict today; the sacrifices that both sides made seem minor against the background of the atrocities around us, which are threatening the stability of the Middle East and even of Europe. Y...

...brew. (The English edition was reviewed here on February 25, 2015). Klein traces the history of the three cities mentioned in the title over the past 150 years from the perspective of ordinary citizen...

... settlements' industrial zones in West Bank Area C (under Israeli control), the army entering Palestinian cities in Area A (under Palestinian control) and expanding Israeli control in East Jerusalem, ...

...ictly economic: Apartments in Rawabi are selling for much less than similar apartments in Israel or other cities in the West Bank. Some also said they chose to invest in Rawabi because of the difficul...

15. A Tapestry of Conflict
(News Room/News - 2015)
...e throughout the Arab world. By the end of the 19th century it was a self-conscious identity in the major cities of the east, such as Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad. In these urban centers Jews took part i...

16. Two Israels
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...lar to Turkey. This would have tremendous advantages for our scientific and technological development capacities. In short, Israel would regain a respected place in the family of nations and reap the ...

...tt’s “partial annexation plan” prescribes Palestinian self-rule in and around West Bank cities (known as areas A and B under the Oslo Accords), and why Deputy Transportation and Scie...

18. Religion is not the root of the problem
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...worth seeing the whole picture. Up to the eve of the 1948 war, Jews and Arabs lived shared lives in mixed cities. Day to day, they experienced both friendship and violence. It was not the Jewish&ndash...

...reign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has for many years publicly called for them to be moved, with their cities, from Israel to Palestine, or to the connection between their anger and Deputy Defense ...

... crossings in the heart of the city. Under that model, Jerusalem would essentially turn into two separate cities that function independently, but maintain mutual ties.   According to SAYA&rsq...

21. Defining the Endgame of the Peace Process
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...nior director at the Albright Stonebridge Group and has worked in and on the Middle East in different capacities. Markus E. Bouillon currently serves as special assistant to the United Nations Assista...

22. 20 years on, Oslo architect has Plan B
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...he state on the basis of “the ends justifying the means,” thereby tolerating a variety of atrocities − beginning with the destruction of different ethnic Jewish identities and cultur...

23. The Scourge of Mideast Skepticism
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...en the Palestinian Authority can no longer make ends meet? Do the Israel Defense Forces reenter West Bank cities? If the P.A. stopped collecting garbage, does Israel resume full responsibility for Wes...

24. The Door Has Been Built
(News Room/News 2013)
...security that routs out potential terror organizations and suspects before they can get to Israel’s cities. Likewise there is a clear policy of non-violence in practice. This entire enterprise c...

25. Geneva Initiative: Ten Years Later
(News Room/News 2013)
...tax, because the tax authority is lower, and they do not serve in the army. There is already today Haredi cities in the territories that just grow bigger and bigger.”   It took awhile for...

26. Why two-states is still possible
(News Room/News 2013)
... is not because of IDF operations. There were more casualties after the Israeli invasion of the West Bank cities in 2003 than before. What stopped the casualties was the security coordination with the...

27. The Missing Pillars of Defense
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
...n security in recent years, despite warnings of increased terrorism that would result from Israel leaving cities such as Jenin and Nablus, and the removal of dozens of checkpoints. The security cooper...

28. Myths & Facts about the Peace Process
(Position Papers/GI Position Papers)
...ty in recent years, despite warnings of increased terrorism that would result from Israel leaving cities such as Jenin and Nablus, and the removal of dozens of checkpoints. The security co...

29. Amos Oz: Two-States is the only Solution
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
... reluctantly – the divorce: a two-state solution, ’67 borders with modifications, two capital cities in Jerusalem. The polls bounce around on this point, but if the leaders of both sides ...

30. EU losing its patience with Israel
(News Room/News 2012)
...p; Area C is one of three zones allocated by the 1993 Oslo agreement. Area A includes major Palestinian cities, and is under the control of the Palestinian Authority. Area B is under shared Israeli-...

...gely stayed out of Area A, which constitutes about 18 percent of the territory and includes all the major cities in the West Bank. According to the Oslo agreements, the Palestinians are to have civil ...

32. "A Day in Town" in Dimona
(Events/Local Activities - 2011)
...  The event was a continuation of the joint seminars for local mayors from Palestinian and Israeli cities and was held in conjunction with the Mayor of Dimona, Meir Cohen. Following the success...

... Shaul Arieli led a guided tour of the security barrier for mayors and city council heads from towns and cities surrounding Jerusalem. Following the tour, participants gathered in Mevaseret Zion, whe...

34. It's the Palestinians, Stupid
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
... voice of the people will decide more than in the past. From the streets of Tripoli to the last of Syrian cities, from Tahrir Square to Rothschild Blvd., one clear message can be heard: you need to co...

35. The German Who Needed a Fig Leaf
(News Room/News - 2011)
...st Jews; the attempted assassination of Hitler and the Allied invasion of Normandy; the bombing of German cities and the Russian soldiers who set on fire a church in Berlin and the women who were insi...

36. Spring, the Tents, and the Occupation
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
...ersuasive that we are still surprised to witness masses of mostly young adults filling the streets of our cities and refusing to go home until they are assured of "social justice". Israel's ...

37. A Plan for Peace That Still Could Be
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
... lives as possible and to maximize the contiguity (and therefore the economic possibility) of Palestinian cities. “We didn’t waste a minute during our months of negotiation,” Abbas s...

38. Good News From the Middle East (Really)
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
...e new, highly professional Palestinian Authority security forces have restored order in formerly anarchic cities like Jenin and Nablus. The resulting calm has spurred a high level of investment and im...

...yad's government has also created a professional police force that restored security to several West Bank cities and it is embarking on hundreds of civic projects, from a new cellphone provider to mas...

...haul Arieli. At the end of the seminar they decided to hold conferences on the Geneva Initiative in their cities. The seminar was a part of an ongoing activity of Geneva Initiative with mayors in Isra...

41. Please, Not Again
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...r the first time a radical non-state actor has the power to kill thousands of civilians in Israel’s cities more or less at the press of a button.   In that event, says Israel, it will s...

42. Seminar for Israeli City Council members
(Events/Local Activities - 2010)
...October 21-22, the Geneva Initiative's Israel office hosted city council members from a number of Israeli cities at a seminar in Ramat Gan. 21-22.10.2010 The Geneva ...

... strong will to achieve it," said Milan's Mayor Letizia Moratti at the seminar presentation. "Cities are home of the competences, strategies, energies and citizens who are the real protago...

...feguarding Israel’s security needs on the one hand and respecting Palestinian Mayors from West Bank cities on the other." To read an English translation of the letter, please click here. ...

45. Mideast peace talks to look forward to?
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...of the West Bank. Abbas has said he knows that Israel will keep West Bank settlements adjacent to Israeli cities, and Israel is likely to provide the Palestinians an offsetting amount of land within t...

46. Ehud Barak and the Geneva Initiative
(News Room/News - 2010)
...ing the situation in the Palestinian Territories, Barak stated: “those who have the chance to be in cities in the West Bank see a different reality to the one which prevailed there for years. Th...

47. The Real Palestinian Revolution
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...ibi Netanyahu, on July 6 is to nudge him to begin gradually ceding control of major West Bank Palestinian cities to the Palestinian Authority so that Fayyad can show his people, as he puts it, that wh...

...so focus more international attention, criticism and pressure on Hamas, which continues to rocket Israeli cities and refuses to accept Israel’s right to exist.   Israel has a responsibi...

49. GI Seminar for Deputy Mayors of various cities
(Events/Local Activities - 2010)
... On June 10-11, the Geneva Initiative hosted a two-day seminar for 32 Deputy Mayors of Israeli cities at Kfar Hamacabiah in Ramat Gan 10-11.06.10 The sem...

50. Obama: Gaza Flotilla raid tragic
(News Room/News - 2010)
...t a situation in which Israel has legitimate security concerns when they've got missiles raining down on cities along the Israel-Gaza border. I've been to those towns and seen the holes that were m...

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