Celebrating the moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem would be complete if an Embassy of the US was also opening in East Jerusalem in recognition of the State of Palestine by the US. Don’t despair – it will happen in the future.
If I were the leader of Israel I would invite the Palestinians to establish the embassy of the State of Palestine to Israel in West Jerusalem and would announce our willingness to establish the Embassy of the State of Israel to Palestine in East Jerusalem.
It will happen – it is up to us to make it happen!
Two peoples, one hope! – Two capitals, one city!
We need some rational, cool thinking and analysis now.
“We must never lose sight of the fact that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible and it will be reached. It will be based on the end of the occupation, the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza; a shared open capital in Jerusalem; economic cooperation; water sharing; mutual respect and recognition of the dignity and importance of both sides political, cultural, historic and religious heritage in this land; the removal of Israeli settlers in the West Bank and Gaza and the end of the suffering of the Palestinian refugees through return to the State of Palestine (for those who want it) with financial compensation and assistance for the resettlement, housing and employment generation for all Palestinian refugees. This was, is and will be the basis for peace between Israel and Palestine.”
Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.
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