Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert

Message from Palestinian and Israeli Civil Society to the International Conference on the Middle Eastern Conflict

The people of Palestine and Israel call upon President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to begin immediately intensified negotiations to conclude, by the end of 2008, a genuine peace agreement based upon: the Arab Peace Initiative and the previous agreements signed between the two sides; the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397; a fair agreed-upon solution to the Palestinian refugees problem in consideration of General Assembly Resolution 194; the end of the Israeli occupation; the evacuation of all Jewish settlements from within the final borders of the State of Palestine; and a solution for Jerusalem based upon keeping it as one city but establishing it as the capital of the two states: Palestine and Israel

Such an agreement should have a timetable and a mechanism for implementation, and be conducive to the establishment of an Independent, sovereign Palestinian state within the borders of the 4th of June 1967, with limited mutually agreed-upon 1:1 swaps to meet the vital needs of the two states

This agreement should be implemented immediately and completed by the establishment of the Palestinian state no later than the end of 2009.

And with its implementation, both sides will declare an end to the conflict, opening the door to a comprehensive peace settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In setting out to achieve this goal, we call upon the two leaders to work out a results-based implementation plan with clear benchmarks that will concretely reflect positive changes in the life of the Palestinian and Israeli people, and to provide peace, respect for human rights and security to the two peoples

The Signatories alphabetically

Israelis signatories:
Avshslom Vilan
Alon Liel
Amit Leshem
Amitai Menuchin
Anat Kurtz
Ari Rath
Ariel Dolev
Ayelet Spector
Dan Jacobson
Dan Leon
Daniel Bar-Tal
David Kellen
David Shulman
Dina Menuchin
Diana Dolov
Dominic Moran
Edy Kaufman
Elad Danogevsky
Eli Kalir
Elie Podeh
Ellen Hyman Kuchi
Eyal Ben Ari
Eyal Oron
Eran Vered
Eytan Lerner
Galia Golan
Galit Hassan Rokem
Galit Oren
Gershon Baskin
Gila Svirsky
Hagai Agmon-Snir
Hagit Ofran
Hillel Schenker
Ilai Alon
Imiri Cohen
Ishai Menuchin
Izhak Schnell
Jakob Katriel
Jona Bargur
Kalela Lancester
Larisa Gitelman
Liora Sion
Mario Sznajder
Mary Schweitzer
Micol Nizza
Molly Malekar
Micha Hopp
Michelle Shachar
Melisse Welisse Boskovich
Maya Crabtree
Muli Peleg
Meir Margalit
Mossi Raz
Naomi Chazan
Noam Hoffstater
Naftali Raz
Osnat Bar-Or
Paul Scham
Rachel Amram
Ron Makleff
Rehavia Berman
Ron Shatzberg
Shadi Habaib
Sharon Dolev
Shmuel Bartenstin
Tamara Rabinowitz
Tamar Katiel
Vivian Silver
Yacov Manor
Yair Inov
Yael Patir
Yehudah Paz
Yitzhak Frienkentail
Zvi Bekerman
Zvia Valden

Palestinian Signatories:
Abdullah Kiswani
Abed Al-Majed Eriqat
Abu Awaqqas Dahdoul
Adel Ruished
Ali Abu Shahla
Ali Hassouneh
Ata Qaymari
Azzam Ashawwa
Ali Kumail
Ayman Ashour
Asad Ewaiwi
Bassem Eid
Dimitri Diliani
Emad Salem
Fadel Tahboub
Faisal Awartani
Fathi Darwish
Fouad El-Harzin
Fouad Jabr
Ghassan Abdullah
Halim Daree
Hanna Siniora
Ibrahim Bisharat
Ibrahim Matar
Iman Ratrout
Iskandar Najjar
Ismail Daiq
Jamal Adileh
Jamal Hashlamoun
Jihad Abu Zneid
Joline Makhoulf
Khalil Shikaki
Khuloud Dajani
Lucy Nusseibeh
Maha Abu Dayyeh
Mamoun Abu Shahla
Maysa Baransi Siniora
Michael Younan
Mohammed Judeh
Mohammed Abu Ramadan
Mohammed Suleiman Dajani
Mustafa Masoud
Mubarak Awad
Najat Hirbawi
Nidal Jayousi
Nafez Aselah
Nasser Ali
Noah Salameh
Nimala Kharoufeh
Nidal Foqaha
Nisreen Shahin
Nazmi Al-Jubeh
Noor Dikkadek
Olfat Hammad
Osama Abu Kursh
Qaddoura Fares
Rami Nassrallah
Rami Tahboub
Riad Shehabi
Raouf Malki
Ribhi Abu Rmeileh
Rula Salameh
Sahar Menayyer
Salwa Hdaib Qannam
Saman Khoury
Sami Al-Kilani
Sulieman Abu Dayyeh
Sari Nussiebeh
Sulieman Al-Khatib
Samieh Abu Zakieh
Sufian Abu Zaida
Suhier Hashimeh
Sami Abu Dayyeh
Sami Adwan
Sameer Al-Jundi
Taleb Awad
Walid Salem
Walid Shomaly
Yaser Abu Khater
Yousef Natsheh
Zahira Kamal
Zahra Khalidi
Ziad Abu Zayyad

International Supporting Signatories:
Ahlam Akram
Andrew Samuels
Byron Bland
Clara Legene
David Last
Daniel Lubetzky
Ed Van Thijn
Eduardo Brik
Hussein Solomon
Jannie Kuik
Jerome Segal
Judith Bernstein
Jochi Weil
Jose Luis Zunni
Mient Jan Faber
Matthias Verbeke
Marc Gopin
Moris Farhi
Mary Kaldor
Mitchell Plitnick
Reiner Bernstein
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Stella Cornelius
Vivien Lichtenstein
Wim Bartels

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin is one of the most recognizable names in the Middle East Peace process. His dedication to creating a culture of peace and environmental awareness, coupled with his impeccable integrity, has earned him the trust of the leaders of all sides of the century old conflict. Few people have such far-reaching and positive impacts on promoting peace, security, prosperity and bi-national relationships.
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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Gershon Baskin is one of the most recognizable names in the Middle East Peace process. His dedication to creating a culture of peace and environmental awareness, coupled with his impeccable integrity, has earned him the trust of the leaders of all sides of the century old conflict. Few people have such far-reaching and positive impacts on promoting peace, security, prosperity and bi-national relationships. 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.