Geneva Initiative Annexes
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... he said that the final Israeli borders in Jerusalem should be negotiated, he failed to mention what will happen on the other side of those borders. Had he also added that under a final-status agreeme...

...artment.   The fact that civil society is coming back to the forefront is a welcome one. This is happening following some years of disappointment, fatigue and despair regarding the work of pr...

...rds – support the agreement. When both sides are offered four similar options for what should happen next on the conflict, both Palestinians and Israelis choose “reach a peace agreem...

...ational tribunal rather than to give up on Taba ahead of time. It could very well be that the same will happen with future prime ministers, who may prefer international rulings on the end of the oc...

...the conflict will resolve itself – perhaps the Arabs will disappear, maybe some cosmic miracle will happen," Pardo mused before the audience. "One day we will become a bi-national stat...

... an agreement, both speak about the importance of reaching it now, and both of them know that it will not happen. It’s highly likely that Greenblatt will reach the conclusion that although nei...

...to make that decision," said Trump. "I'm thinking about it very seriously, and we will see what happens." Abbas will now await the latest on the confirmation of Trump's new ambassador...

...state-minus, which is why the Palestinians don’t agree [to it].”   This almost never happens to Netanyahu. He is calculated, in contrast to Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman who o...

... to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, such international conferences don’t happen often.   Therefore, we should assess what opportunities the Paris peace confer...

...a Haaretz (click here for the original article)     The election-inauguration window only happens once for every president. Reagan used it to recognize the PLO in 1988, and Clinton for...

...practical solutions to issues like Jerusalem and the refugees, Netanyahu and Abbas argue over things that happened 3,000 years ago, over national narratives and religious beliefs.   Ever sinc...

... sake of the process itself, serves to deflect much of that international pressure on Israel. We saw that happen in real time just a few years ago when the European Union delayed the implementation of...

... also offered to absorb 5,000 Palestinian refugees as a sort of symbolic right of return.   What happened next has been the topic of furious debate ever since. The conventional Israeli versio...

...sed on specific terms that majorities on both sides would accept.   But it’s not likely to happen, in part because of the nearly bottomless mistrust that each side feels toward the othe...

... organized by Geneva Initiative activists in Jerusalem. I understood that we know so little about what is happening on the other side of the Green Line, and that if only we could understand the real d...

...uot;All we have is our ability to educate average people throughout the world about the rights violations happening throughout all of Palestine,” she said. The village has hosted foreign diplo...

...ong army and experienced security service, Shin Bet, is hit with three terror attacks in a single day, as happened March 8, and has no recourse? Barely a week goes by without an Israeli getting stabbe...

...lem, there will be no choice but to create two capitals. But even here there are numerous ways to make it happen. Most proposals for partitioning East Jerusalem (the territory annexed by Israel in 196...

19. The Settlement Enterprise Has Failed
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...lem, there will be no choice but to create two capitals. But even here there are numerous ways to make it happen. Most proposals for partitioning East Jerusalem (the territory annexed by Israel in 196...

... as a part of an agreement as we have proposed.”   How is your plan different from what is happening now? “Peace is the most important element of security, and we add to that an a...

... two sides, if there are leaders who will dedicate heart and soul to reaching such an agreement. What has happened is that Netanyahu, in his wisdom, has turned the matter of the Jewish state, which is...

22. Abbas' peace project has hit a dead end
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...services. Front doors will be broken down at 2 a.m., which means the Israeli army has arrived. This often happens through security coordination with Israel. Intelligence received by the Palestinian si...

... percent have been handed over, people will be able to start moving in. The entrepreneurs think this will happen by mid-August.     Journalists during the Geneva Initiative tour of ...

...re fighting for Zionism against the fear mongering of Netanyahu. We must present the real fear: what will happen if we do not reach an agreement with the Palestinians. Chairperson of Meretz Zahava G...

... settler, is doubtful: “I don’t see anything other than the current status quo, more or less, happening in the next ten years.”   Some think support for the two-state soluti...

26. New Knesset supports two-state solution
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...e minister who follows in the footsteps of the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin. If, however, that does happen, the 20th Knesset will stand behind him.   ...

27. "Negotiate before it's too late"
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...eterring attacks), placing barriers at the entrance to East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhoods (and what happened to eternally united Jerusalem?), the deportation or exile of terrorists’ famili...

28. Geneva Initiative briefing for foreign diplomats
(Events/Local Activities - 2014)
...cause people are seeking answers. Most Israelis support the two state solution, but don't believe it will happen.   At the moment, an international coalition of Western countries and moderate...

29. Geneva Initiative Conference: Following Gaza
(Events/Local Activities - 2014)
... it came from a fear that our very existence was being threatened. And so I would always ask myself- what happens after we "hit 'em"?... The way that this war ended, with everybody being win...

..., they’re perplexed. [They say,] ‘We thought that if we don’t do anything, nothing will happen. There wasn’t peace, but there was relative peace, the economy was okay.’ T...

...p; “The present war may have undercut this approach somewhat, but we have to look closely at what happened here this summer. A Palestinian unity government was formed, which from Israel’...

...lsquo;I told you so!’ at each other.” The journalist wondered why no one dared say, “It happened just now. I still have no idea what it means. Ask me in two or three weeks, and maybe...

...that will unravel again in a few years — then a package of this sort, and the leadership to make it happen, is required. ...

34. A bad peace is better than a good war
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...ilitary gains, such as the demolition of the tunnels, without deciding on any strategic goal. And this is happening at a time when Hamas has clear, long-term diplomatic goals: a lifting of the blockad...

...rdanian citizenship for Palestinians?   As we look in the mirror we will need to understand what happened in Israel before the operation. Will we want the commission of inquiry to explain why...

36. On hope and despair in the Middle East
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...o understand by now that there is no way to avoid punishment for their deeds, or for what they allowed to happen through their support, or their silence, or their apathy, so therefore – Why not ...

...by the current government, whose essence is: Let’s frighten the public over everything that’s happening around us in the Middle East, let’s prove that there’s no Palestinian pa...

38. Israel has a partner in Abbas
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
... not that there aren't other voices. But the street, as a street, produces strident voices.   It happens on the Israeli side too. There are dangerous states of mind. But on the Israeli side a...

...nts by officials and thinkers, and that cancellation is just a matter of time.   It hasn’t happened. It won’t. The reason is that Israel and Egypt both have vital common interests...

40. The Paradox: Taking Abu Mazen at his Word
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
... whether there is or isn't a genuine Palestinian partner to an agreement. The problem is that for this to happen, there needs to be an Israeli partner that genuinely wants an agreement, and which is j...

...at I didn't name them. But what they told me is the closest thing to an official American version of what happened.   The American team will be disbanded in the coming days - most of it, or a...

...u and his people was expected. It was another Pavlovian response of the Israeli government to the changes happening in the Middle East. As with the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Hassa...

...n taxes it collects, the [Palestinian] security forces are likely to collapse and in all likelihood, what happened in Gaza will happen in the West Bank. At a minimum, both sides have a joint interest ...

...n, with the help of the U.S., that will allow the release of the prisoners. The release of prisoners must happen in order to continue the negotiations toward a final settlement.” Both men were...

...e to withdraw from the mostly Palestinian areas of the West Bank. Nor would he specify what exactly would happen to Jewish settlers who would find themselves on the Palestinian side of such a line. Mo...

46. The two-state dilemma
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...ar, Shiloh and Tapuah without a negotiated agreement,” Pundak said.   “That can only happen if you have a Palestinian leadership that agrees to end the conflict. Otherwise, what a...

...nbsp; Whatever the outcome, the implications will be enormous. Most of us have no inkling about what is happening inside the negotiating room. But when I read of new settlement construction announce...

48. My Jewish State
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...ddle East. (And if I am wrong, I vow Sisyphean penance in eternity.)   Plenty of bad things have happened between Israelis and Palestinians of late. There has been a steady uptick in violence...

...viting his jail-keeper to his inauguration – is clearly the stuff of legend. Except, remarkably, it happened.   In much of the commentary about him in the past two weeks, two themes key...

... However, in the last decade the Geneva Initiative has brought about a revolution in public opinion. What happened? Did the Palestinians recognize the state of Israel as the national home of the Jewis...

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