There is a shared concern for the national interests of Israel and its long-term
security. The “Israeli Peace Initiative” may well be the best chance to secure the
future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. It forms a basis for further
cooperation with other politically centric organizations and initiatives, which are
active in advancing a political breakthrough to find a resolution for peace in the
The list of failures is exhaustive. The recent failure of the negotiations brokered
by Secretary of State John Kerry and the lack of political horizon following
“Protective Edge” campaign in Gaza require Israel to form a strategy which will
serve a clear and focused Zionist vision are just of few of the disappointments on
the road to regional peace.
The tension in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount as its epicenter as well as recent
emergence of harsh violence underscore the risk of the political stalemate and of
the lack of clear borders separating Israel and the Palestinians. Without a reality
of two states for two peoples Israel is becoming a bi-national state practicing
separation based on ethnicity. The on-going Israeli-Arab conflict results in
security, economic, and diplomatic deterioration, and might even develop into a
faith-motivated war between religious fundamentalists.
Until now, the concept of bilateral negotiations as an exclusive route has not
enabled reaching a two-state solution. The Arab-Saudi Peace Initiative has been
presented by the Arab world as a platform to be negotiated. An approach based
on a regional concept presents an opportunity to leverage the common interests
of Israel and most leading Arab states, primarily Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and
the Gulf States.
Forming recognized and secure borders between Israel and a demilitarized
Palestinian State is clearly an Israeli national interest. The majority of the Israeli
public supports this analysis, and will back an Israeli leadership that will take
bold steps to change the current grim reality.
Israel will strive to realize the Zionist vision of a secure national home for the
Jewish people, will preserve its Jewish and democratic character as mandated by
the declaration of independence, and will build horizons of economic, social,
cultural, and scientific growth for the benefit of future generations.
Realization of the vision requires reaching, albeit gradually, an end of the Israeli-
Arab and the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, while securing Israel’s safe existence in
a turbulent Middle-East and in the face of waves of fundamentalist Islamic terror.
The recommended strategy is a combination of the regional initiative together
with the initiative for independent and unconditional moves. Israeli imperative
national interests necessitate a combined initiative that will strive to end the
Israeli-Arab conflict and will assure Israel’s future as the secure and democratic
home of the Jewish people.
A lasting peace in the region, brought upon by a two state solution and brought
about by all the neighboring and leading Arab States is the only real way to stop
the BDS movement. The initiative facilitates negotiations on the Arab Peace
Initiative between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the leading Arab States to
help Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders reach permanent status regional
True regional peace would bring tremendous prosperity to the region, create
wide spread educational possibilities and an abundance of employment
opportunities and eradicate BDS. Peace in the region would be great for both
sides, in fact it would eliminate sides altogether.
For more information, see The Israel Peace Initiative: http://www.yozmim.org