On Nov. 14-15, the Geneva Initiative held a two-day seminar for Israeli municipal leaders, with the participation of deputy mayors and council members from the cities of Kfar Saba, Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Akko, and Tel Aviv, among others. The seminar, which focused on the issue of identifying a “partner for peace” on the other side, included meetings with Palestinian leadership, a tour of Jerusalem, and discussions with experts on security, negotiation, and political psychology.
Following the meeting, Eli Nacht, Deputy Mayor of Ashdod and self-defined “right-wing realist,” wrote the following post on Facebook:
“The inaction on the part of politicians (especially from the right-wing side of the government) will only continue to deteriorate the situation in the future, because this problem is not going to just go away on its own, even if we wait with our heads buried deeply in the sand. This really isn’t a matter of left or right, Zionists or settlers. Our leadership must begin to engage with this issue; and sooner rather than later.”
We at the Geneva Initiative are committed to working with leaders across the political, cultural, and religious spectrum to bring the day of peace closer.