Geneva Initiative Annexes
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1. There is only one solution: two states
(News Room/Op Ed - 2018)
...l being possible.  It doesn’t take much to renew people’s faith. Soon after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, he expressed his support in the two-state solution and his intention...

... Settlements and Solutions, which was developed by David Makovsky, a former US peace negotiator in the Obama administration who heads the Program on Middle East Peace at the Washington Institute for...

... who spent years struggling to overcome the same challenges with the same set of tools. President Barack Obama and his advisers debated for months putting forth their own parameters for a deal, ultima...

...gn by some who know the region well. Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador in Tel Aviv under President Barack Obama, says the Greenblatt-Kushner mission is “a sign of President Trump’s seriousn...

...e in settlement marks a shift in strategy from the Israeli government's more cautious approach under the Obama administration. In recent weeks a number of Israeli Knesset members have proposed a la...

...agreed upon” resolution to the refugee issues.   In the final year of US president Barack Obama’s administration, Netanyahu, then-secretary of state John Kerry, Abdullah and Sisi ...

... He is a man of simplistic principles that can be summarized in a formula — the opposite of Barack Obama and Kerry. Trump rejected UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which reaffirmed the inter...

8. The Geneva Initiative welcomes Secretary Kerry's speech
(Position Papers/GI Position Papers)
...ative warmly welcomes Secretary Kerry's speech. In recent months, we have persistently advocated for the Obama administration to present parameters for peace, and were pleased to learn that this sugge...

... between the leaderships. It is no secret that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama have differing perspectives on a range of issues. This was also the case in 2011. However...

...tates’ abstention Friday was a rare rebuke to Israel, and it reflected mounting frustration in the Obama administration over settlement growth that the United States considers an obstacle to pea...

...sraeli-Palestinian conflict at different times leaving his ultimate approach murky. Meanwhile, President Obama is considering what legacy to leave for Trump towards a key U.S. ally, including whether ...

12. America Must Recognize Palestine
(News Room/Op Ed - 2016)
...ion toward Israel and Palestine, but we do know the policy of this administration. It has been President Obama’s aim to support a negotiated end to the conflict based on two states, living side ...

..., the Israeli Director General of the Geneva Initiative, then briefly presented a number of ways for the Obama administration to advance the two-state solution before leaving the White House. He close...

...community. Rather than preparing for any peace proposal, the Israeli government spent the eight years of Obama’s presidency expanding settlements, demolishing Palestinian homes and denying basic...

...ent. Reagan used it to recognize the PLO in 1988, and Clinton for his parameters for peace in 2000. Will Obama follow suit?     It is no secret that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is...

16. The benefits of Obama parameters
(News Room/Op Ed - 2016)
...ed. Peace has not yet been obtained. The Clinton Parameters need to be brought up to date, and President Obama may do so between the US presidential elections and the inauguration of the next presiden...

...s biggest donor, together with the former U.S. special envoy to the peace process under President Barack Obama, Martin Indyk – the Brookings Institution’s vice president. Like Saban, Indyk...

... Friday that the US and Israel can still accomplish a number of "things" before the end of the Obama administration, while stating the need to "protect the two-state solution" duri...

... a spate of home demolitions in Palestinian areas over the past week have drawn sharp criticism from the Obama administration. Israel “is systematically undermining the prospects for a two-sta...

... raise questions concerning the reasons behind these steps, particularly at a time when President Barack Obama’s term is drawing to a close and the United States, which has historically acted as...

21. Israel's six options for peace
(News Room/Op Ed - 2016)
...e disaster until the next attack.   In a speech after the Orlando massacre, US President Barack Obama said, “We have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be.” ...

...ing the stability of the Middle East and even of Europe. You see who might succeed U.S. President Barack Obama, and you understand how risky a decision to wait for the next American president could be...

...h the Palestinians, to the United Nations Security Council, the State Department said on Thursday. The Obama administration outlined its stance after several days of confusion over whether the US mi...

...and East Jerusalem. The future prospect for this preferred solution can be greatly enhanced if President Obama spells out its advantages before leaving office.   During peace talks at Camp Da...

...opting a new approach on this contentious issue. Not all settlements are equal. In May 2011, President Obama gave a speech in which he spoke of borders established in any peace agreement being based...

...cause of the focus on Syria, Iran and the immigration crises. They have no hope that US President Barack Obama, in his last year in office, will act in any concrete way, and they consider with great c...

... of settlement outposts, but is it the time to invite Netanyahu to another meeting with President Barack Obama to show that everything is business as usual — and then, as the Americans did, comp...

...n, given Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed efforts in spring 2014 as well as President Barack Obama’s preference for collective diplomacy (as in the Iran and Syria negotiations). The ...

...ufficiently the necessary security and anti-terror arrangements within a permanent status agreement. The Obama administration, according to the official who is frequently in the region, is interested ...

30. Abbas' peace project has hit a dead end
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...l. George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice personally liked Sharon and Olmert. The cold relationship between Obama and Netanyahu, and the sharp differences in their personalities, did not translate to clo...

31. Back to the Arab Peace Initiative?
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...irely sincere in his intentions and aimed his words at the ears of the newly elected US President Barack Obama.   Peace supporters must now find out what exactly Netanyahu meant in his commen...

...er who came to Washington seeking to reap a domestic political reward at the expense of President Barack Obama. Netanyahu has found out the hard way that there’s a price to pay for meddling in p...

33. Europe is not hostile to Israel
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
... admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin is evident, as is their scorn for U.S. President Barack Obama, particularly because of his tendency to avoid military solutions.   Today the n...

34. Two Israels
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
...n for their recognition of us, or those who simply disagree with us – from Mahmoud Abbas to Barack Obama. This view is ingrained in a paranoid and xenophobic view of the world, a simplistic dist...

...statehood bid today, they would have received the needed support of at least nine countries, forcing the Obama Administration to exercise its veto authority. The US government made it clear to the Pal...

...ranslation by Geneva Initiative staff   A foreign diplomatic source revealed to Al Hayat that the Obama Administration is preparing an initiative to restart the peace process between the Palest...

...ith Livni and the five members of her HaTenua faction, are the very pressure group that President Barack Obama apparently referred to when he told Thomas Friedman of The New York Times that if Netanya...

...ace process far more effectively."   Abed Rabbo added that "When U.S President Barack Obama visited Palestine a year and a half ago, he asked us if we can solve the Gaza issue in or...

...d who could still be trusted: Israel is very dear to them, but the wounds are deep.   Netanyahu-Obama rift   Let's go back to the beginning. Was this round not doomed for failure fro...

40. Time for an Obama peace plan in Mideast
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...   IT IS TIME for a bold new strategy for addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: President Obama should set forth a plan of his own for resolving the conflict. He should do so immediatel...

... did it truly come into play, courtesy of Benjamin Netanyahu.     US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators Photo by Chuc...

42. Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State
(News Room/Op Ed - 2014)
...he may be trying to bolt the barn doors after the horses have fled. It was the Americans, from President Obama on down, who almost nonchalantly adopted the demand for recognition and allowed it to bec...

...;s more or less the known positions … that [Secretary of State John] Kerry and [President Barack] Obama talk about. Whoever opposes this approach is not ready to pay the price for an agreement....

... the UN all advocate a settlement freeze, but have been unable to deliver it.  That said, President Obama did tell the Jerusalem International Convention Centre on the 21 March 2013 that ‘I...

45. Defining the Endgame of the Peace Process
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...raelis and Palestinians are not about to sign on the dotted line he wants to present to them. But if the Obama administration develops the text above the dotted line, it will only be a matter of time ...

...luding expectations regarding a permanent settlement, threat perceptions and US foreign policy under the Obama administration.   Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat with US President Bill Clin...

... "Geneva Initiative' of the extreme left. A partner to the proposals is none other than our army. Obama and Kerry want to convince the Israeli public that the agreement they are promoting is wo...

... ago.   So you're saying that the Americans didn't put enough pressure on us before?   Obama made many rookie mistakes when delivering his wondrous speeches, beginning with making a ...

49. The Two-State Imperative
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...art sinks.   Palestinians speak of the 1967 lines as a basis for negotiation, an idea President Obama once endorsed. Yet many continue to see the conflict not as the battle of two national mo...

50. The Scourge of Mideast Skepticism
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...ld the pundits say if the West Bank descended into chaos and violence? No doubt they would criticize the Obama administration and Secretary Kerry for their failure to engage and for their their hands-...

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