A Piecemeal Peace in the Making

An outline for taking the first step towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Palestinian women show their IDs at an Israeli checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

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I believe these points will allow the parties to begin serious negotiations. While it is unlikely that talks will lead to a permanent settlement due to the divergence between the parties, they could pave the way for the first step, establishing a Palestinian state within temporary borders, leading to a final agreement within a few years.

Dr. Yossi Beilin is an Israeli statesman. He initiated the Oslo process in 1993 and the informal Geneva Initiative 10 years later. Dr. Beilin served as minister of justice and held other ministerial portfolios under the former Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres and Barack. Today he is president of Beilink Business Foreign Relations, a consultancy in Israel.

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