It is virtually a diplomatic axiom
that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians can be resolved only
through bilateral talks rather than by a solution imposed from outside.
Washington, D.C.-based analyst
Mitchell Plitnick proposes that this is not necessarily a binary choice. While
an imposed agreement likely would be unsustainably fragile, bilateral talks
also have a low chance of success due to the enormous imbalance of power
between the two sides.
An alternative path therefore must
be forged involving considerable international pressure on both Israel and the
Palestinians to engage in real negotiations within a framework that reflects
the international consensus.
Changes in the international
arena, however, are threatening to de-prioritize this conflict. Globalizing the
conflict is thus part of the problem and the solution. A realistic
resolution requires a new global framework for negotiations.
informative and timely public talk is presented by Victoria’s Jewish dialogue
Not Now, When? (ifnotnow.ca), in conjunction with
for Global Studies and Centre for Studies in Religion & Society.
Sunday, July 24, 2016, 3:30–5:00pm, at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard St., Victoria, B.C.
presents The Future of the Two-State Solution—a public talk
by Mitchell Plitnick, Vice
President, Foundation for Middle East Peace
Is a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict possible?
With the Oslo peace process
moribund, opposition is rising to the concept of a two-state solution.
Questions are growing even at the diplomatic level.
There is good reason to question.
Israel’s expansion of settlements threatens the viability of any future Palestinian state. Both Israelis and Palestinians believe the other side
is not interested in an agreement. And leaders of both communities regard steps
toward a resolution as far too politically costly.
Within this context, Washington,
D.C.-based analyst Mitchell Plitnick will discuss reasons for Oslo’s failure,
review the current situation and discuss prospects for the future. He will
argue that two-state frameworks beyond Oslo remain possible. He will explore
reasons for and against a two-state solution and emerging options for
Victoria’s Jewish dialogue group
on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, If Not Now, When? (ifnotnow.ca), is hosting this event to expand public debate about
the conflict at a time when hopefulness is in short supply yet urgently needed.
us for this informative and timely public event on July 24th.