Geneva Initiative Annexes
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1. Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds
(News Room/Op Ed - 2018)
...s today. As president of the World Jewish Congress, I believe that Israel is central to every Jew’s identity, and I feel it is my second home. Yet today I fear for the future of the nation I l...

...ced).   Notwithstanding its becoming the ruler in Gaza, Hamas did not completely shed its previous identity as a militant opposition movement whose key operating engine is the idea of resista...

... state. The national state of the Jewish people. Israel is the only country that demands recognition of its identity, not just its sovereignty. The recognition by the PLO of Resolution 181 of November...

... common denominators between populations. These do not exist in our case.   The preoccupation with identity politics and the disregard for class-related issues over the past there decades hav...

...orates on the concept of “Arab Jews,” arguing that for a brief historical moment a common local identity of all the country’s inhabitants existed: Arabs, both Muslim and Christian; a...

...gs."   At every stage of the purchase process, she noted, she saw "tons" of Israeli identity cards. But she stressed that living in Rawabi wasn't an option."I was born in ...

7. A Tapestry of Conflict
(News Room/News - 2015)
...adds greatly to our understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its human cost. A shared native identity Klein attempts to debunk the myth of Zionist Orthodoxy that the various groups we...

... Ara – like all of Israel’s Arab population – have developed a unique Palestinian-Israeli identity: While they may be sympathetic to the Palestinian struggle, they see themselves as ...

...e in fact located outside the barrier, despite the fact that their residents hold blue (ie. Israeli issued) identity cards. The vast majority of the Israeli public has never visited Palestinian neighb...

...e Palestinians, in exchange for land won in war.   It was more than a political program; it was an identity. Proponents of the Oslo land-for-peace formula marched together, sang special songs...

11. From Gaza to comprehensive peace
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...d from a Palestinian social point of view, it remained a single geographical space. There is no "Gazan identity" separate from that of other Palestinians. Optimally, therefore, any political...

...nal tragedy, it is hard for any Israeli to remain apathetic. I assume that people miss this kind of Israeli identity, this kind of restraint. I actually believe that rumors of hatred toward the settle...

...ate.   "We couldn't understand why it bothered him so much. For us, the Americans, the Jewish identity of Israel is obvious. We wanted to believe that for the Palestinians this was a tac...

...ly want to go down in history as the politician who devastated Israel, its future as a Jewish state and the identity and support of Diaspora Jewry? Israel and its Diaspora Jewish supporters fac...

...uo; that the “two states for two peoples” approach “is essential for our essence, for our identity, for our soul, for our security and no less important, for our moral standing as a ...

...l my heart that the “two states for two peoples” approach is essential for our essence, for our identity, for our soul, for our security and no less important, for our moral standing as a ...

17. 20 years on, Oslo architect has Plan B
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...hristian with a Jewish grandparent has to be granted the automatic right to immigrate to Israel, receive an identity card and vote in Knesset elections upon arrival in Israel.   New Zionism m...

18. Peace deal – victory for both sides
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...endence, while paying heavy prices, against a stronger entity. Israel risks losing its Jewish or democratic identity, international isolation, economic consequences and sooner or later even violence. ...

...cond-, even third-most important issue.   However, this subject has a place in our essence, in our identity, in our souls, in our security, and in our perception of morality – as a soci...

20. The Door Has Been Built
(News Room/News 2013)
... financial independence and freedom of choice and movement as much if not more than their need for national identity or religious expression. The Palestinian Authority (PA), by having chosen a path of...

21. The President is Too Busy for Israel
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
...in the West Bank indefinitely at a very low short-term cost but at a very high long-term cost of losing its identity as a Jewish democracy. If Israelis want to escape that fate, it is very important t...

22. Israel's Identity Crisis
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
By Yonatan Touval, International Herald Tribune 29.7.11 via International Herald Tribune (click for original)   Since taking office more than two years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benj

23. Public Conference for Russian-speaking Israelis
(Events/Local Activities - 2011)
... also spoke of the settlement problem and the necessity of a two-state solution in order to maintain Jewish identity. News of the conference was published in the media:   From YNET  ...

24. How to Break the Mideast Deadlock
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
...ps on the core issues in which progress has been made are really still quite large, particularly on the two identity issues — Jerusalem and refugees. No amount of wishful thinking could convince...

...t the Arab public, essentially, was fed up with the humiliation, the absence of dignity, the gap in its own identity, how they see themselves and how they see the government represent them.   ...

26. Fayyad condemns deadly settlement attack
(News Room/News - 2011)
...r the Beit Jala municipal council, that violence could not be justified no matter what the pretext, goal or identity of the intended victim.   To continue reading, click here. ...

27. Negotiation without secrets
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
... relating to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations has made more than a few waves. Some are disturbed by the identity of those responsible for the leak, some are concerned about the stability of the Pa...

...e are proud to be Israeli, Jewish and Zionist, and refuse to apologise for it. We would like to secure this identity for generations – and, for that purpose, a Palestinian state living side by s...

29. Lost Innocence
(News Room/News - 2011)
...en who gathered a few weeks ago in the spacious hall of the Muqata in Ramallah must have wondered about the identity of the dark-haired woman who had a place of honor at the dignitaries' table, betwee...

...e rights of the other, but because they recognized that they had no choice. Israel feared losing its Jewish identity and its democracy, and the Palestinians feared losing territory to the settlement e...

31. Please, Not Again
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
... them stateless under military occupation, the lonelier it becomes—and the more it undermines its own identity as a liberal democracy.   Don’t mediate. Legislate   Instea...

...'t see that an emerging Arab majority in the Land of Israel constitutes a genuine threat to Israel's Jewish identity and character that is more serious than conceding Judea and Samaria, the cradle of ...

33. Enough Game-Playing
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...many obstacles in the way of a deal and raising unnecessary questions about Israel’s already accepted identity.   The Palestinians say his demand is intended to negate their insistence ...

... and 48 percent opposed this step. In June, 60 percent of the Israelis supported this mutual recognition of identity, while among the Palestinians support stood at 58 percent.   The Palestini...

...e also examine periodically Israelis’ and Palestinians’ readiness for a mutual recognition of identity as part of a permanent status agreement and after all issues in the conflict are r...

36. A suspect deal
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...summit, which was held at the end of 2007, the Palestinians also refused to include the issue of the Jewish identity of the state of Israel in the announcement of the renewal of the direct negotiation...

...ppen after Abbas announces (as his aides were quick to do so yesterday ) unequivocally that determining the identity of a neighboring state is not his business, but rather solely that of the neighbor?...

38. Is Israel's Legitimacy Under Challenge?
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...e a democracy. When the reason for that double disenfranchisement is that population's ethnic and religious identity, the state is practicing a form of apartheid or racism. The democratic dispensation...

39. Why Israel keeps moving to the right
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...humans tend to defend psychologically by entrenching in their world views. These world views, which include identity narratives of righteousness, become ever more rigid under these circumstances, lead...

40. UK Jews 'back Israel two-state solution'
(News Room/News - 2010)
...religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott said although Israel clearly remained a cornerstone of Jewish identity in Britain, the survey suggested a substantial majority of Jews believed that they ...

41. The Ballgame and the Sideshow
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...ers, do-gooders and do-badders. They use the conflict and the attention it generates to play out their own identity issues, passions and biases. My favorite in Beirut was a gentleman who showed up i...

42. An Israeli public lost in the woods
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...he background when set against the more menacing narrative of existential threats to either their nation or identity.   The security complex of the Jewish people, which is better explained by...

43. Good for the Jews
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...ommitment to Zionism and the Jewish state, which was, so the letter explained, part and parcel of their own identity. What was striking was not so much the call itself, which did not contain any rea...

... 2,000 signatures. “Whatever our personal paths, our connection to the State of Israel is part of our identity. We are concerned about the future of the State of Israel, to which we are unfailin...

... Israel and Palestine as one deal.   Allow me to touch upon a much broader issue: Israeli regional identity. There are some voices in the EU saying that ultimately Israel may become an EU mem...

...unless we recognize that the subjective element cannot be ignored in protracted conflicts in which national identity is so profoundly involved. These conflicts cannot be resolved by a single focus on ...

47. Free Marriage Counseling
(News Room/Op Ed - 2009)
...t — Israeli accusations that Jewish Obama aides are “self-hating Jews,” working out their identity crises by working over Israel. Having been to this play before, and knowing both fa...

48. Baker's ghost in Cairo
(News Room/Op Ed - 2009)
...s emerged as a powerful force within it. Political Islam has grown as a core expression of Muslim anger and identity. Jihadist terrorism has coalesced at its violent fringe. Arab states, through a 2...

...e is a regional rift. Many Arab leaders perceive hegemony-seeking Iran as a threat to their existence and identity. For them, the primary challenge is not Israel but the Iranian ayatollahs who seek ...

50. A Recognition Israel Doesn’t Need
(News Room/Op Ed - 2009)
...l’s demand concerns the national, cultural and religious dimensions of the country’s own Jewish identity. To ask the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is to confuse the re...

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