On 16th November, over 30 representatives of Israeli and Palestinian civil society organisations met with J Street President and Founder Jeremy Ben-Ami for a post-election breakdown and discussion. He provided a detailed overview of the expected policy positions of President-elect Joe Biden, and the steps he will likely to take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Driven by the goal of preserving and protecting the two-state solution, Biden will seek to reverse many of Trump’s decisions including restoring ties with the Palestinian Authority, reinstating financial assistance, reopening a US Consulate in East Jerusalem and a PLO mission in Washington DC, as well as expressing firmer opposition to the creeping de facto annexation.
Aiming to make genuine progress, the Biden administration will be looking for creative ways to create more conducive circumstances for a resumption of meaningful negotiations. In the weeks and months ahead, the TSC will redouble its efforts to generate bilateral ideas that can contribute to preparing the groundwork.