Event Reports

Peace is not utopian

From the “Geneva Initiative” to the two-state solution

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel and the Geneva Initiative partnered together for the hugely successful event: “10 years to the Geneva Initiative: Leading the way to Peace”. The event took place on December 4, 2013 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
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The event hosted practical and viable proposals for a two-state solution by key players in the security arena and the peace process.

Greeting the audience, Michael Mertes, director of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel explained why KAS is advocating for a Two-state solution:

Yuval Diskin, former Director of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) then gave a moving and inspiring keynote speech that was met with great applause. In his speech, he spoke of himself as a patriot who had dedicated his life to Israel’s security. He also explained his support for a two-state solution.

See Yuval Diskin's speech in Hebrew:

Dr. Samih El Abed, Former PA Minister of Construction and in charge of the territorial aspect in negotiations with Israel, and Dr. Yossi Beilin, the former Minister of Justice for Israel along with Knesset members: Omer Bar-Lev (Labor), Dov Khenin (Hadash), Yakov Margi (Shas) and Moshe Mizrahi (Labor) reaffirmed their support for the “Geneva Initiative”.

Additional details regarding the event will be published shortly.

Initial media coverage of the event and Diskin’s keynote showed that the nation is still interested progressing with talks of a two-state solution. The event proved to have good timing with the right participants at the right time.

The following is a list of the media coverage thus far:

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7 December 2013

Documentation by the Geneva Initiative

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