Geneva Initiative Annexes
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1. Message from Ramallah
(News Room/News - 2018)
...PA heightens the tension and alienation. An outbreak of a popular uprising in Judea and Samaria will not serve either of the sides, but Hamas has plenty to gain from it.   ...

...ents that occurred on 25 December and most recently on 20 and 21 January. On 25 December, UNDOF observed a helicopter on the Alpha side fire four rockets that impacted on the Bravo side. On tha...

...outside the separation barrier), as Netanyahu promised in the 2015 elections ("We will forever preserve a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty"). The Jordan Valley will remain u...

...o; to East Jerusalemites, while Jewish housing has expanded in Palestinian neighborhoods. Any casual observer will instantly note the profound disparity of living conditions and services between Jew...

...nt Emeritus and Founder of the U.S./Middle East Project Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Lawrence B. Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell Frank...

... consequences would be catastrophic.”   Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ...

...btain full member state status at the UN, where the Palestinians are currently considered a non-member observer state.   The Palestinians, Abbas argued, have a historical presence in the terr...

...ets any support is that which on the one hand returns to the ’67 lines, while on the other hand preserves the fabric of life and enables employment. What’s interesting is that the percenta...

9. Palestinian-Israeli meeting in Beijing
(Events/Joint Activities - 2017)
... You have your disagreements, but you share a common peaceful aspiration. The message of hope must be preserved, and must be voiced”.   Minister of Foreign Affaris Wang Yi with the P...

... You have your disagreements, but you share a common peaceful aspiration. The message of hope must be preserved, and must be voiced”. Minister Wang Yi with the Palestinian and Israeli Di...

...mocratic character. This is a most important Zionist interest. Brigadier-General (res.) Giora Inbar served as commander of the IDF's Lebanon Division, the Givati Brigade and the elite Shaldag Uni...

... and the Palestinians would be good for both sides. “A peaceful, stable and developing Middle East serves the interests of all, including China and Israel,” Xi told Netanyahu. Last month...

... align in a way that creates a moment,” said Nimrod Novik, a fellow at the Israel Policy Forum who served as foreign policy adviser to former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who negotiated the Oslo...

...ree wars with Israel since 2008 and, until recently, continued to call for its destruction.   Observers hope that unity between the two factions will bolster Mr Abbas's Fatah-led Palestinian ...

...e can not contradict the two sides' accounts, and certainly not ignore them altogether. These narratives serve public awareness and create the psychological conditions necessary to recognize the need ...

...uo; further politicization. The warm welcome that greeted the Ramallah delegation in Gaza reflects how reserved Gazans are about the paralyzing split between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas was always attentiv...

...tion has caused trauma and suffering on both sides.   As the late Israeli leader Shimon Peres observed, “The Jewish people weren’t born to rule over another people.” The con...

...t. He used an odd excuse for the timing, something about the reform of electronic media, but political observers believe that his real motive is his hope that early elections may thwart his investigat...

19. Working with Israeli Youth
(Events/Local Activities - 2017)
...at there will always be wars and that is just how things are here in Israel. But the truth is that you deserve a better future. And it's up to you to shape this future." Let us all not only imagi...

...ason Greenblatt, who recently visited the region and met with key stakeholders, will participate as an observer. ...

...veryone’s comfort zone. The author is a former minister of justice and Israeli statesman who has served in multiple positions in the Israeli government and was an architect of the Oslo Process...

...meone who entered politics out of a deep understanding that peace is a distinct Israeli interest and who served as the Israeli chief negotiator for peace, this is encouraging. Both sides need to agr...

...ing area, between Nablus and Jenin.   From here, Yehoshua could head to the Jordan Valley and observe along the entire route hundreds of thousands of dunams of agricultural land belonging to ...

...d the situation to spiral downward, today’s resolution may rightly be seen as a last attempt to preserve the two-state solution and revive the path for peace,” Riyad Mansour, the Palestini...

...matic community. The tour was led by Col. (res.) Ron Schatzberg, leading expert on border issues and a reserve colonel in the IDF; Dr. Samih al-Abed, Geneva Initiative Board Member and official member...

...ng his second-last day in power. But he still has time to make a difference.   Dr. Yossi Beilin served as Israel's Minister of Justice and initiated the Oslo Accords, Geneva Accords and the T...

27. The benefits of Obama parameters
(News Room/Op Ed - 2016)
...s of Israeli- Palestinian negotiations that involve empty words alone, devoid of meaning. Parameters can serve as an “entrance ticket” to future negotiations.   The parties will b...

...ernatively, the façade of a peace process, or a peace process for the sake of the process itself, serves to deflect much of that international pressure on Israel. We saw that happen in real tim...

...with Israel. Two leaked emails sent to Sullivan and Podesta included reports by Stuart E. Eizenstat, who served in senior positions in Bill Clinton's administration and is considered close with the Cl...

... for a peace agreement. Among them: Palestinian demilitarization; pre-1967 borders with land swaps to preserve major settlement blocs; East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, and Israe...

31. Is Israel annexing West Bank Area C?
(News Room/News - 2016)
...ding measures also in Area C,” he said.   This Israeli “if” is well-known. It serves as a diplomatic alibi, to refrain from progress: “If Palestinian President Mahmoud...

32. A covenant of shadows
(News Room/Op Ed - 2016)
...tatus-quo countries in an ever-shifting region looking for an anchor to stabilize themselves. Israel can serve as this anchor. It is a marriage of convenience, not of love, but it is one of increasing...

...ive for an international peace conference, which Israel has rejected.   Mr. Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel’s foreign minister, insists on bilateral talks with the Palestinians, bu...

...litary and civilian control, comprises 60 percent of the West Bank and is meant to be the central land reserve for the future Palestinian state.   Today, the report states, Israel has unilate...

... doesn’t bother to distinguish between the causes of growth in specific locations, since murkiness serves its purpose. This is to prove that the Jewish population in the West Bank has grown and ...

36. Israel's six options for peace
(News Room/Op Ed - 2016)
...his military service was in charge of issues related to Israel’s diplomatic arrangements and today serves as deputy director of the Institute for National Security Studies, is not content with a...

...ummit, which he presented as a service to Israeli interests.   The needless dispute with France serves Netanyahu as a new pretext to play for time and evade an agreement with the Palestinians...

...ces. The purpose of this exercise was to inform participants on the two national narratives, but it also served to show how national narratives are themselves extremely complex structures, that contai...

...re and we want to give a chance to the French initiative because, in the end, this is an initiative that serves us and not one that hurts us,” the Palestinian figure said.   A senior of...

40. Seminar for Young Political Activists in Yeruham
(Events/Local Activities - 2016)
...ortive of the two-state solution and more skeptical that a compromise is achievable. Some participants observed that political leaders – from the Coalition as well as from the Opposition –...

...flict is not about to be resolved. But that is all the more reason to think about what can be done to preserve the possibility of a two-state outcome, particularly with the Palestinians entering a per...

...er the legal defense of terrorists. Half a billion shekels is a lot of money. The man who for many years served as foreign minister and a member of the diplomacy and defense affairs cabinet obviously ...

...e and have clear advantages in an era of collective diplomacy. Yet, the Palestinian side would be better served to deal in a more balanced way with the American administration. It remains, given its r...

44. Geneva Initiative meets with British MP
(Events/Joint Activities - 2016)
...Peace Coalition Director Generals met with Diana Johnson, Member of the British Parliament who currently serves as Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs). The meeting, coor...

...ourse and who realized he has to act against Netanyahu’s diplomatic vacuum — as he himself observed in an interview with Al-Monitor. ​   ...

46. Jerusalem Tour for Business Executives and NGO Sector
(Events/Local Activities - 2015)
...er, Col. Shlomo “Chich” Lahat, was among the founders of the initiative). The tour, led by reserve Col. Shaul Arieli, focused on the problematic demographic security situation in Jerusalem...

47. Why Jerusalem Can and Must Be Divided
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
... during periods of escalation didn’t help.   Facts indicating that East Jerusalem already served as the unofficial capital of the West Bank, and maintained a separate existence from the...

48. Abbas' peace project has hit a dead end
(News Room/Op Ed - 2015)
... when, despite U.S. opposition, the UN General Assembly upgraded the status of the PLO to a non-member observer state. Last December Abbas tried to go one step further and bring the UN Security Counci...

...ian state, based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps. An undivided city of Jerusalem would serve as capital of the two states.   The key parameters of Bar’s outline closel...

...ldquo;As if there is any reason to trust that the Palestinian state could be structured in a way that preserves democratic principles,” he says.   On the Palestinian side, as well, ther...

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