Geneva Initiative Annexes
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1. Jerusalem tour with Dr. Shaul Arieli
(Events/Local Activities - 2018)
...n excuse for interminable violence. The tour focused on the influence of security considerations, holy places, and demographics upon the role of Jerusalem in the conflict. Dr. Arieli brought a w...

...except the Old City, where Israel would retain control, but also uphold the religious status quo at the holy sites. When asked about a similar solution in which Palestinians would get control over the...

...stinian sovereignty; and free access to everyone in the entire Old City and special arrangements in the holy sites. Menachem Begin also said: “We have learned from history that war is avoidabl...

...sible solution is land exchange. In the question of Jerusalem, Israel's interest is concentrated in the holy places. Two solutions are presented on the table, one is the division of sovereignty in the...

...since Israel’s establishment, Jerusalem was a divided city partly occupied by Jordan, with Jewish holy sites desecrated and access for worshipers denied. The war dramatically changed that realit...

...s and Israelis was not based on religion. “As you have witnessed during your historic visit of holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem, and today in Bethlehem, the conflict is not between rel...

7. Why Jerusalem Can and Must Be Divided
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...s had two responses to this. First they would say, “Explain to us how Sur Baher and Kafr Aqab are holy in Jewish tradition.” Then they would add, “You’re too smart a team to di...

8. Abbas' peace project has hit a dead end
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...lause in the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan, which gave the latter preferred status over the holy places in the city — Abbas was forced to agree that Jordan be the new guardian of the...

...ivide the plateau on which the two mosques sit so that Jews would have a synagogue alongside the Muslim holy places; and 10% believe that Israel intends to change the status quo prevailing in the plat...

...historical, social, cultural and effectual ties of both peoples to the city and offer protection to the holy sites." In response to the report, Netanyahu's office said: "At no point did...

...el agreeing to the establishment of two capitals in Jerusalem, with special arrangements for the “holy basin,” the Palestinians must be prepared to view compensation and the return of refu...

...nitiative solution provides an answer to the fears of it's leadership with regard to Jerusalem and the holy place."   The participants were also briefed by Col. (res.) Shaul Arieli and ...

13. Religion is not the root of the problem
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...]   Is it possible to imagine Jews and Muslims living shared lives in the Middle East, sharing holy sites and celebrating religious holidays together? The conflicts on Temple Mount and the mu...

...awing lines on a map and debate over how to apportion sovereignty to the sites in the area known as the Holy Basin, which includes the Old City and its immediate surroundings.   Very few, if ...

...s will be in Palestine, Jewish neighborhoods will be in Israel, and the religions will administer their holy sites.   It means a reasonable solution for refugees.   There are not sev...

16. Israel’s ultra-Orthodox key to peace
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
... agreements, since the agreement will have significant religious components to it, like the fate of the holy sites. Only the ultra-Orthodox leadership can determine that.   The UN’s pro...

...n agreement on land, right of return, agreement on Jerusalem and in particular the Temple Mount and the holy basin and the eastern border in the Jordan Valley. • The rift in the Palestinian Aut...

18. Prevent the next big explosion
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...sues are: Territorial solutions, the right of return, the Jerusalem issue - mainly Temple Mount and the Holy Basin - and the eastern border, the Jordan Valley. The split in the Palestinian Autho...

19. One-State Dream, One-State Nightmare
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...is and Palestinians can learn overnight to live together as equal citizens in some United States of the Holy Land, a binational and democratic secular state that resolves their differences and assures...

20. The Two-State Imperative
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...e resolved by the United Nations in 1947 in favor of two states, one Jewish and one Palestinian, in the Holy Land — but as a fight against a colonial intruder who must be banished.   Fo...

...to avoid ruling over a large Palestinian population; a creative solution regarding sovereignty over the holy sites in the Old City (internationalization, perhaps?); a resolution of the future status o...

22. The Door Has Been Built
(News Room/News 2013)
...nian state will be demilitarized and acceptance of Israel’s rights regarding the Western wall and holy sites and of creative solutions in Jerusalem.  In Palestine today, the ground is burni...

...s tempting to shelve efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks while Egypt is in chaos and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins. But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is undeterred and plans to ...

...l but significant amendment could open the way for Israel to keep some West Bank settlements as well as holy sites in east Jerusalem.   The twin issues of settlements and the 1967 lines have ...

25. Seminar for Shas political party members
(Events/Local Activities - 2013)
On June 18 we held a seminar for members of the ultra-orthodox Shas community in Israel. The seminar featured expert spea

26. Geneva Initiative: Ten Years Later
(News Room/News 2013)
...stinians.  The Western Wall will remain in the hands of Israel, and the Initiative states that the holy sites will be overseen by an international force. The Initiative also deals with the right ...

...eignty, but rather would be administered jointly by Israel, the Palestinians and the United States. The holy places would remain under religious sovereignty as they are now.   The responses o...

...illion to the PA in tax transfers to help the authority through the financial difficulties ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.   Israel is also ready to allow the PA to exploit the natural ga...

By New York Times editorial 10.07.2012 via New York Times (click here for the original article)   NY Times publishes scathing editorial on the disasterous consequences that the Levy report

By Dany Bahar (@dany_bahar) , Times of Israel   10.07.2012 via the Times of Israel (click here for the original article)   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received this Mond

31. Reimagining Jerusalem Day
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
... under Israeli sovereignty, while Arab neighborhoods would revert to Palestinian sovereignty.  The Holy Basin, including the Old City, would be governed by an multi-national trusteeship, charged ...

...ns on the issue. "On the one hand, Erekat told us that the documents are not the Quran and are not holy. On the other hand, Mohammad Shatyyeh told us that the Palestinians had already made their ...

...minority would remain in their midst, again observing their faith in physical and social ghettos in the Holy Land.   Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' concerns about both of these scenario...

34. Peace Now, or Never
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
...oods would become the Palestinian capital. Neither side would declare sovereignty over the city’s holy places; they would be administered jointly with the assistance of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and ...

...n his view, the Arab neighborhoods should be under Palestinian sovereignty with a special regime in the Holy Basin, and in all cases without right of return for Palestinian refugees to Israel. "B...

36. Mayors at Geneva Initiative Seminar in Akko
(Events/Local Activities - 2011)
...n his view, the Arab neighborhoods should be under Palestinian sovereignty with a special regime in the Holy Basin, and in all cases without right of return for Palestinian refugees to Israel. "B...

37. Meeting and Tour for Members of Ra'anana School Board
(Events/Local Activities - 2011)
...nd the region, and led participants in discussion on the settlements, 1967 lines, and Jerusalem and the Holy Basin.  The tour also demonstrated the potential for solutions to the issue of territo...

...Samuel observation point, a look-out onto Maale Adumim to the east from Mount Scopus, and a view of the Holy Basin from the Mount of Olives, as well as the separation wall in Abu Dis. MK Shlomo Moll...

39. The Geneva Accord: a breakthrough model
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
...e major issues between the parties, including security arrangements, the status of Jerusalem, access to holy places, and a just and agreed-upon solution to the problem of refugees.   And, of ...

40. A Plan for Peace That Still Could Be
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
...n development.   WHO GETS JERUSALEM? Olmert and Abbas departed from transcendental claims to holy space and decided to base a solution on the practical challenge of governing the holy sites...

...sequence, did stand their ground. They insisted on Palestinian sovereignty over the sites they consider holy in Jerusalem. They insisted that the city remain Palestine's capital. They demanded that th...

42. The PA Papers: A Political Opportunity
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
...bas was on 25,000 to 100,000 over the course of a decade). No understandings were reached regarding the Holy Basin (such understandings were reached in the Geneva Initiative), but with respect to secu...

...tion. Israelis and Palestinians spent years negotiating the intertwined core issues of Jerusalem, the holy sites, the refugees, territory, borders and settlements, and security. I believe that we kn...

...essive Jewish extremists who attack Palestinians, destroy their crops and property, and desecrate their holy places.   In 1988, the Palestine National Council passed a binding resolution agre...

...not just as members of a religion but also as a people with historic rights to a sovereign state in the Holy Land. The issue, they say, goes to the core of the conflict and will serve as a litmus test...

...967 border, with Jerusalem as an open and shared capital of two states and freedom of access to all its holy sites. We also demand that Israel acknowledges its responsibility for the creation and perp...

47. Viewpoint: America Must Take the Lead
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...ill be part of Israel, the Arab neighborhoods part of Palestine. There will be a special regime for the holy places guaranteeing freedom of worship for believers of all faiths. Within five y...

...tion of a contiguous Palestinian state and dividing Jerusalem while transferring control over its "holy basin," which contains the Old City, to international oversight.   "If t...

... Geneva Initiative, Olmert also said Sunday that he was prepared as prime minister to share Jerusalem's holy sites, which include the Western Wall and the Temple Mount -- known to Muslims as Haram-al-...

...bout Jerusalem: We will not be able to reach an agreement if anyone claims exclusive sovereignty on the holy sites of Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be neither ours nor the Palestinians’. It will be ...

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