Highlights of the “Is the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Breakable” panel at the annual 13th annual Herzliya Conference

The Middle East’s leading security & policy gathering takes place March 11th — 14th at the Dan Accadia Hotel in Herzliya


The following are highlights of the panel discussing the Israeli Palestinian Peace Process which took place tonight at the 13th Annual Herzliya Conference:


Dr. Robert Danin, Eni Enrico Mattie Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations:

“In order to break the impasse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, “a conceptual shift is required”. “It is important that parties understand that change is possible.”

Danin stressed the importance of the leadership: “If leaders will tell their public that there is no partner — they’ll believe it, that’s what we have today.”


Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Former Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

“The reason Olmert was unable to achieve a peace agreement with the Palestinians, was that “beyond goodwill, it turned out that there were big gaps between the most moderate Israeli and most moderate Palestinians in core issues: borders & settlements, Jerusalem, refugees, and Israel’s security.”

Avineri concluded that a peace agreement is “unattainable at the moment.” He argued: “we have to go for pro-active conflict management. Not as a substitute for an agreement, but as a dramatic step forward, so that at the end of the road we might have a final status agreement.”


Brig. Gen. (Res.) Michael Herzog, Milton Fine International Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy:

“It would be very difficult to bridge the differences on core issues. These issues touch the core of the national narrative. I am very skeptical that the two current leaderships can achieve agreement on core issues.”


Dr. Yoaz Hendel, Chairman, Institute for Zionist Strategy:

Handel argued that a peace agreement on the lines of the two-state solution is impossible to achieve at this time. “There are fundamental problems that can’t be solved. Both sides cannot agree on the refugee issue, Jerusalem, or the settlements.”

“We should strive for an interim agreement. If we do not want to continue the status quo, we should create an Israeli initiative and define the limits of the Israeli consensus.”

“I think that Obama is coming to Israel in order to talk to the Israeli people. The Americans understand that after 46 years, new out of the box ideas must be found.”


Maj. Gen. (res.) Nati Sharoni, President of the Council for Peace and Security ??“The ’67 borders are defendable. Any border that the state of Israel will determine will be defendable. The strategy may be different, but it would be defendable. The threats we envision are threats that can be protected against in the 67 borders — with or without settlement blocks.”

“The only thing that determines a political possibility for peace is leadership. Leadership is the key, and it could bring the public to believe that peace is possible.”

Mr. Dani Dayan, Former Chairman of the Yesha Council:

“We are at …read more
Source: Israpundit


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