Geneva Initiative Annexes
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...   One potential land swap viewers can examine, for instance, is the offer former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2008, which would have resu...

...ace policy will change, even if a politician from his own party replaces him (remember Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert). Obviously, a victory by a center-left opponent will lead to more significant chang...

...  This failure triggered desperate reactions by the messianic-nationalist camp led by Habayit Hayehudi’s Naftali Bennett, Uri Ariel, Ayelet Shaked and their friends in Likud. Habayit Haye...

... easy to discern that, contrary to what was presented in a video produced by Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi party recently, Areas A and B in the West Bank are not contiguous blocs, spreading over 40...

....   It’s not by chance that when he was conducting negotiations with then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, in 2007-08, Palestinian Authority President M...

... new and creative solutions to the many challenges Israelis and Palestinians face today. For instance, Yehuda Greenfield-Gilat, an architect and urban planner who helped write the Geneva Initiative An...

...e idea of negotiating a final status agreement with the PLO.   Talks began again in 2000 under Ehud Barak, who defeated Netanyahu for the prime ministership in 1999. He famously met Arafat at...

...of a Palestinian state as part of a final agreement that will include land swaps, members of Habayit Hayehudi and their Likud partners have been strenuously promoting the expansion of isolated settlem...

...Israeli peace initiative would be a justifiable reason for Herzog to join the government and Habayit Hayehudi’s departure from it, as opposed to the current bargaining that focuses on the depth ...

...Israeli and Palestinian youths. It is hard to imagine Netanyahu’s children or those of HaBayit HaYehudi Chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett spending time at such a camp. Palestinian ...

...rity. This is certainly not a wink at the right or a capitulation to the likes of right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich. Yet it does sound like an awakening and a pragmatic move,...

...nk.   Even if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had acceded to then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s proposal that Israel take 6.5 percent of the West Bank in a land swap &ndash...

13. The Settlement Enterprise Has Failed
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...nk.   Even if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had acceded to then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s proposal that Israel take 6.5 percent of the West Bank in a land swap &ndash...

14. Why Jerusalem Can and Must Be Divided
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...prevailed at the tail end of the 1990s made it difficult for the representatives of then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s government to agree with the Palestinians. His most “generous” of...

15. Abbas' peace project has hit a dead end
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...rney too late. Without any political support from then Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni or Defense Minister Ehud Barak — and on the verge of being removed — he was simply unable to bridge the ...

16. Back to the Arab Peace Initiative?
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...he years some positive things have been said about the Arab Initiative, mainly by former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former President Shimon Peres. But Israel failed to grab the bull by its horns a...

17. New Knesset supports two-state solution
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...a third of all Knesset members. There are the 30 members of the Likud Party, eight more from HaBayit HaYehudi and two or three out of the five members of Liberman’s party. Pollsters may have bec...

18. Voting Out Israel's 1%
(News Room/News - 2015)
...rity, Arieli was a main adviser on borders and demographic issues for prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ehud Barak. And later, since his retirement from the army, he has become one of the main forces ...

...Netanyahu’s Friday appearance at a meeting with Likud activists from the central Israeli city of Yehud exposed the pressure he is under following his return from Washington and the release of a ...

... acts have turned into a daily occurrence in the city. The attempted murder of the right wing activist Yehuda Glick last week is also a serious crime and a sign of an additional escalation in the city...

... “Time is on our side” is the hollow mantra of Naftali Bennett and Uri Ariel of Habayit Hayehudi, along with their brothers in Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and Yesh Atid. The leftists are tire...

...tinians. In 1999, with some of Oslo’s luster faded but an electorate no less eager for solutions, Ehud Barak won his mandate and charged into peace talks like a man with something to prove. &n...

... recalls. “He told us, ‘I want to continue with [PM Benjamin] Netanyahu what I started with Ehud Olmert. I want to go on talking. I am ready to enter into serious negotiations.’ &n...

24. Israel has a partner in Abbas
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...d turned down US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposals, just like he rejected former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's proposals in the past.   And despite all that, in the past few years he h...

...0-2001, in U.S. President Bill Clinton’s Oval Office and in the bureaus of former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert.   But for the most part, these discussions ended with drawi...

... of the territory that was conquered in 1967, but they’ll close the deal for less.” In 1999 Ehud Barak sketched a map that included 50 percent of the territory. Then [former deputy prime m...

...ders, with the Gaza pullout only the first step. Much more recently, in May 2012, then-defense minister Ehud Barak caused controversy when he declared that if a permanent settlement proved impossible,...

28. Israel’s ultra-Orthodox key to peace
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...rmer Shas spokesman Itzik Sudri, who now works as a strategic consultant. Sudri is also the brother of Yehudit Yosef, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s daughter-in-law. He believes in the two-state solution ...

29. The two-state dilemma
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...state arrangement with the Palestinians. If he did, he would face stiff opposition not just from Bayit Yehudi but also from inside the Likud, and not just from backbenchers.   YA’ALON H...

30. Netanyahu's diplomatic vacuum
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...then. Sharon has long exited the stage, but his heirs in the Kadima Party — former prime minister Ehud Olmert and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni — failed to achieve an agreement and f...

31. 20 years on, Oslo architect has Plan B
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...s that could lead to an agreement aimed at ending the occupation and establishing peace.   The Ehud Barak administration of 1999-2001 also contributed substantively to the deteriorating situa...

... original article]   Labor MK confirms that his party is waiting in the wings in case Bayit Yehudi leaves the government in protest.   The Geneva Initiative continues to work to co...

...”   Mitzna said haredi MKs have told him they cannot wait to take revenge against Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett for blocking their parties from entering the coalition. He said he ...

...etanyahu. The Likud chairman established his government with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and HaBayit HaYehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, and the consequences for the ultra-Orthodox were disastrous: The...

...ment. Since Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, with the exception of the short [former Prime Minister Ehud] Barak era, the Labor Party has lost the elections, but has been part of all the government...

... as nothing more than “shrapnel in the buttocks,” in the words of Naftali Bennett of Bayit Yehudi. Indeed, in the eventuality of a “river to the sea” state, one of the most dif...

...n your same government coalition, like we had the other day, Knesset member Ayelet Shaked of Habayit Hayehudi, who says "let's go on in this government coalition because nothing is going to happe...

...ted that the two sides had been close to an agreement at the end of the tenure of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.   He explained the actions taken by the Palestinians in dealing with US Se...

39. Geneva Initiative: Ten Years Later
(News Room/News 2013)
...'s Corps, and Gadi Baltiansky, Director-General of the Geneva Initiative and former Press Secretary for Ehud Barak, when the latter was Prime Minister.  The Geneva Initiative was born out of ne...

40. Why two-states is still possible
(News Room/News 2013)
...served under or observed, who came closest to a final status agreement?   Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert wanted to reach an agreement (even if Barak denies it today). Sharon ...

41. Obama's Visit an Opportunity
(News Room/News 2013)
By Ehud Barak, Wall Street Journal 20.03.2013 via Wall Street Journal (click here for the original article)   Upon former Prime Minsiter and Defense Minister, Ehud Barak's last days in offi

...   Concerned for his party's political alliance with Naftali Bennett's right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid has ordered more than 10 Knesset members from his par...

... different Israeli pollsters in December show that most Likud-Beiteinu and the further-right Habayit Hayehudi voters would support a peace agreement establishing a demilitarized Palestinian state base...

44. Viewing Israel with one eye closed
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
...on on the social phenomenona that brought us to this point. Those who use only one eye see Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett as the new link between Zionism and Judaism. “It is necessary...

...rganization of trade unions), led the Labor Party, and served as defense minister (under prime minister Ehud Olmert) — is emphatically not talking about a military strike on Iran.   He&...

46. Myths & Facts about the Peace Process
(Position Papers/GI Position Papers)
...stinians realistic proposals only when they were already on their way out of office. It's true that Ehud Barak's proposal in Camp David did go further than any previous Israeli proposal, but i...

47. Why Not in Vegas?
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
... matters to Israel’s survival — advanced weaponry and intelligence — Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN on Monday, “I should tell you honestly that this administration under ...

...e our alliance and bring people together."   Clinton is set to meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the day.      ...

49. Attempts to revive peace talks
(News Room/News 2012)
...offer and called on the Israeli government to implement past agreements made with the ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who promised to release numerous prisoners."   Netanyahu also respond...

50. The protest of absolute suckers
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
...ce and security policy. Only an admitted sucker for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz believes in t...

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