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  1. 1. The Geneva Initiative Annual Report 2011Opening windows for an agreement.
  2. 2. Dear Friends, This past year has been a slow one for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. But it has been an active year for us. With over 100 events that included over 6,500 participants, we have continued our work to bolster public support for the two-state solution. The political atmosphere has not been easy, but with 58 percent of the public’s support for our parameters for an agreement, we have all the reasons we need to persist forward. Enclosed, in a few short pages, is a snapshot of some of our activities during the past year. As we head into 2012, we will continue to stress this basic point: the status quo is not sustainable. The current diplomatic impasse will shift one way or the other and we should not adopt a wait-and-see approach. While we cannot predict the future, we certainly can try to shape it. We hope you will join us in this endeavor. Sincerely, Gadi Baltiansky Andrea Diamond Director-General Director of International Relations Part One2 Target Groups
  3. 3. ShasGeneva 25 Meetings 6 Activitiesin Politics This year, we expanded our activities with the Shas party. We have been working with cabinet ministers, members of Knesset 1,089 Activists Political and activists in conjunction with Palestinian counterparts to encourage them to promote the peace process. 98 ParticipantsIn 2011 we continued to deepen our relations 8 Parties 21within the parliamentary arena through Knessetongoing activities with Knesset members from Membersacross the political spectrum. Deputy Speaker of the Knesset MK Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) Former Palestinian Minister for Prisoner Affairs, Ashraf speaking at the Geneva Initiative 2.0 Conference held in el-Ajrami, meeting with senior political activists from Shas Switzerland (November) (December) I would sign the Geneva Accord with both hands…It’s worth it for our country, our children, and for the peace we all want. MK Daniel Ben-Simon (Labor), Brig. Gen. (res.) Ilan Paz, Minister Deputy Speaker of the Knesset MK Yitzhak Vaknin, MKs Zehava Galon (Meretz) and Nino Abesadze (Kadima) in Yossi Peled (Likud), MKs Nachman Shai and Shlomo Mula a conference at the Knesset in collaboration with the Geneva Shas, Radio Interview, January 2012 (Kadima) in a conference held in the Knesset in collaboration Initiative (July) with the Geneva Initiative (July) Shas members meet Palestinian A two-state solution is an Israeli existential interest officials Minister Margi says seminar organized by Geneva Initiative Minister Yossi Peled, Likud, at a Geneva Initiative conference (July) put things in ‘different proportions’4 Part 1 >> Target groups Part 1 >> Target groups 5
  4. 4. Kadima LikudThis year we deepened our relationship with the Kadima partyby providing conferences, tours, and events at local Kadima 9 Activities Further to our ongoing cooperation with the Heads of 4 Activitiesbranches across the country. the Likud branches around the country, this year we held 490 Participants seminars and tours designed to promote the Geneva Initiative in the current ruling party. Activities were attended 150 Participants by ministers, MKs, and local leaders of major branches. No doubt that the Geneva Initiative is an excellent toolbox which can help the leadership reach peace. MK Doron Avital, Kadima, a Geneva Initiative conference Geneva Initiative conference at the Kadima branch in Rehovot. From left to right: in Rehovot (April) former Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Dr. Sufiyan Abu-Zaida, journalist Avi Bloom, MK Doron Avital (Kadima), Chairman of the Geneva Initiative, Dr. Yossi Beilin, and former IDF Chief of Staff, Dan Halutz (April)Labor We will share withGraduates of the political course this year led the establishment of the political progress forum other Ministersin the spirit of the Geneva Initiative. The forum is recognized by the Labor party institutions. Inaddition to this significant move, MKs and key political activists participated in seminars and and MKs what weconferences held throughout the year. learned from the Geneva Initiative – it’s important and very useful. Yishay Zandani, Chairman of the Political Forum, Likud, Radio Interview (January 2012) MKs Nachman Shai (Kadima) and Daniel Ben-Simon (Labor) at a conference held in the Knesset in collaboration with the Geneva Initiative (July) Minister Yossi Peled (Likud) in a conference at the Knesset in collaboration with the Geneva Initiative (July)6 Part 1 >> Target groups Part 1 >> Target groups 7
  5. 5. Local 10 Activities Women 6 ActivitiesAuthorities 824 Participants 147 ParticipantsThis year we continued our extensive activities with Israeli 26 Mayors During 2011, we established the “Women’s thinking forum tomayors. As part of the activities we held several seminars in promote a peace agreement,” a continuation of the joint women’sIsrael and abroad including a seminar where mayors had the seminar. Dozens of leading women from prominent companiesopportunity to meet with their Palestinian counterparts and and from the media on both sides met regularly in Tel Aviv anddiscuss solutions to the peace process. In addition, we held Ramallah to discuss new ways to promote the peace process.conferences across the country with numerous municipalities. Women must take part in the most crucial decisions that affect their lives and their futures. Brig. Gen. (res) Israela Oron, at a Geneva Initiative seminar (March) Participants on a tour in Ramallah for leading women (September) Seminar for mayors in Netanya. From left to right: Dr. Yechiel Lasri (Ashdod), Haim Avitan (Hadera), Benny Vaknin (Ashkelon), and Dov Tzur (Rishon LeZion) (February) I thought that peace was impossible until I encountered the Geneva Initiative. Mayor of Ra’anana Nahum Hofri, at a Geneva Initiative joint seminar (November) Mayor of Ra’anana, Nahum Hofri, at an Israeli-Palestinian joint seminar Participants in the “Women’s thinking forum to promote a peace agreement” in a (Turin, Italy, November) meeting with Palestinian women in Ramallah (September)8 Part 1 >> Target groups Part 1 >> Target groups 9
  6. 6. Immigrant 15 Activities The Next Generation 31 ActivitiesCommunities 824 Participants 622 824 1,074 ParticipantsOur activities this year continued to focus on immigrants from the former Thinking of tomorrow, the Geneva Initiative has continuedSoviet Union and from the Ethiopian community. Activities included this year to turn to various groups of young leaders,conferences for the Russian-speaking public, meetings between senior student leaders and young journalists. Outreach to thisjournalists from the Russian and Palestinian media, as well as seminars and group included work with political activists, studenttours for senior activists from immigrant communities. associations, and parliamentary assistants. The silent majority needs to wake up and support the Geneva Initiative. If we don’t do it, nobody will do it for us. Vicki Idzinski, a leading youth activist in the Russian-speaking community, at the Geneva 2.0 Conference (November) Ksenia Svetlove (Channel 9), Brig. Gen. (res.) Israela Oron, and former Author A. B. Yehoshua in a Geneva Initiative conference Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Ashraf el-Ajrami, in a seminar held for the Russian-speaking community held in for leaders of immigrant associations from the former Soviet Union (April) collaboration with MK Nino Abesadze (Kadima) in Tel Aviv (May) The continuation of the occupation guarantees the continuation of racism. MK Shlomo Molla, Kadima, at Geneva Initiative seminar for the Ethiopian community Geneva Initiative conference for the Russian community (May) (April) Tour for bloggers and social media activists in the area of Jerusalem under the guidance of Col. (res) Shaul Arieli (April)10 Part 1 >> Target groups Part 1 >> Target groups 11
  7. 7. Geneva 39 ActivitiesInternational 824 2,875 ParticipantsAs the international community continues to play a key role in helping Israeli andPalestinians move forward in negotiations, the Geneva Initiative has been active inmany different international forums and conferences. We met with dozens of foreignrepresentatives from numerous countries and international organizations. The Geneva Initiative is today a consolidated, detailed proposal, compatible with internationally accepted parameters. President of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York (September) Former President of Switzerland, Micheline Calmy-Rey, speaking at the Geneva Initiative 2.0 Conference (November) Participants in the Geneva Initiative conference 2.0 held in Switzerland (November) Chairmen of the Israeli and Palestinian Geneva Initiative, Yossi Former French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, speaking at a Taglit-Birthright participants from North America listening to a Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabbo, with former representative of the Geneva Initiative conference (Tel Aviv, May) lecture at the Geneva Initiative office in Tel Aviv (January) United Nations Terje Larsen (New York, September)12 Part 1 >> Target groups Part 1 >> Target groups 13
  8. 8. Palestinian 13 Joint SeminarsPartners 824 Participants 222Together with our partners in Ramallah, we held several three-day jointseminars with members of Knesset, mayors, political activists, journalistsand prominent women on both sides. Mayor of Yeruham, Michael Biton, with former Palestinian Minister, Qadoura Fares (seminar for mayors, November) Director General of the Geneva Initiative (Ramallah), Nidal Fuqaha, and Talia Sasson, member of the Israeli Geneva Initiative steering committee, at the “Women’s thinking forum to promote a peace agreement” in Ramallah (September) If there is one thing that I believe in all these years of the political process, it is the Geneva Initiative. Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary General of the PLO Executive Committee (September) Part Two14 Part 1 >> Target groups Activities
  9. 9. Seminars 14 Seminars In the Media 824 Participants 508This year our two-day seminars concentrated on studying the coreissues of the conflict and solutions as proposed by the GenevaInitiative. All seminars included prominent speakers from across thepolitical spectrum, as well as senior Palestinian representatives. April 25, 2011 // Yossi Beilin Palestinians proposals for splitting Jerusalem were not far from Clinton and Geneva Israeli and Palestinian parliamentary assistants at a Seminar for leading Shas activists. From left to right: MK David Azoulai (Shas), plans, maps reveal joint seminar in Budapest, Hungary (September) Attorney David Glass, former Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Ashraf el-Ajrami, and Brig. Gen. (res.) Shlomo Brom (December) January 25, 2011 // Nir Hasson December 1, 2011 // Bernard-Henri Levy Seminar for mayors in Acre. From left to right: Nahum Hofri, Mayor of Ra’anana, Gadi Baltiansky, Director General of the Geneva Initiative Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator interviewing with Maj. Gen. (res.) Amram Mitzna, and (Israel), interviewing with Channel 9 News at a Geneva Channel 2 News at a Geneva Initiative conference (May) Shimon Lankri, Mayor of Acre (June) Initiative conference (February)16 Part 2 >> Activities Part 2 >> Activities 17
  10. 10. Tours 20 Tours Lectures 39 Activities 824 771 Participants 824 2,702 ParticipantsTo truly understand and illustrate the complexities of the conflict, this year the This year, Geneva Initiative experts have continued to speak in many different forumsGeneva Initiative continued to hold tours along the 67’ and Geneva lines under the throughout Israel and the international community on the importance of the peaceguidance of expert specialists with emphasis on the issues of borders, settlements process. Lectures have been held at such venues as the National Security Collegeand Jerusalem. Among the participants were members of Likud and Shas, journalists in Israel, the J Street Conference in Washington, the British Parliament, and leadingand others. universities and think tanks. Tour for social media activists around the “seam line” in Jerusalem (April) Gadi Baltiansky, Director General of the Geneva Initiative (Israel), gives a lecture at the TLV Internationals Salon (December) Brig. Gen. (res.) Ilan Paz giving a tour Harvard students in a lecture at the Geneva Initiative office in Tel Aviv (March) for European Members of Parliament Col. (res.) Shaul Arieli in a tour for central Shas activists (December) around Jerusalem (April)18 Part 2 >> Activities Part 2 >> Activities 19
  11. 11. Political Leadership 2 Cycles 10 ConferencesCourse Conferences 90 Participants 824 1,900 ParticipantsThis year we continued to deepen and enrich the political knowledge 30 Meetings During 2011 we continued to bring issues to the forefrontof activists from major political parties (Shas, Likud, Kadima, Labor) of discussion in the public discourse. Our conferences bringwith emphasis on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the experts to discuss topics on current offered by the Geneva Initiative. Daniel Shek and Ilan Baruch, former Israeli ambassadors to France and and South Africa (respectively), speaking at a lecture for the political leadership course (December) Former Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Ashraf el-Ajrami, at a Geneva Initiative conference in Tel Aviv (October) Participants of the political leadership course on a MK Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) speaks to the political Chairman of the Geneva Initiative, Dr. Yossi Beilin, chief Palestinian negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, and former French Minister of tour led by Col. (res.) Shaul Arieli in the West Bank leadership course in Tel Aviv (October) Foreign Affairs, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, at a Geneva Initiative conference (Tel Aviv, May) (November)20 Part 2 >> Activities Part 2 >> Activities 21
  12. 12. Social Media 5,778 Facebook Friends Websites 3 Websites 1,081 Twitter Followers 824 393,597 ViewsWe created a venue for interactive discussionsamong the thousands of friends and followers 85,700 Views on YouTube During 2011 we continued to expand our activities on our website in English, Hebrew,on social networking sites and disseminated Russian and Arabic.our message and videos to thousands The Geneva Initiative Hebrew website A viral video with over 10,000 hits and 3,000 shares The Geneva Initiative Facebook page The Geneva Initiative English website The Geneva Initiative on Twitter The Geneva Initiative Russian website The Geneva Initiative YouTube Channel22 Part 2 >> Activities Part 2 >> Activities 23
  13. 13. Israeli Public Support for the Geneva Initiative Support Oppose 58% 52% 46% 46% 39% 39% 2009 2010 2011 *Poll conducted by the Truman Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (December 2011) ranshacked The Geneva Initiative Initiative – H.L. Education for Peace // 8 Shaul Hamelech Blvd. , Tel Aviv 64733 // Tel: +972 (3) 6938780 // Fax: +972 (3) 6911306