The details of a political agreement based on the principle of ‘two states for two peoples’ were elaborated over a decade ago with the 2001 ‘Clinton Parameters’ and the Taba Summit. These details were subsequently formalised, after two years of negotiations, by a working group known as the Geneva Initiative, made up of high-ranking Israeli and Palestinian officials. The members of this working group wanted, without intending to stand in for Israeli or Palestinian leaderships, to show that Israeli and Palestinian patriots were able to agree on a reasonable compromise position that would assure the future of both peoples. In fact, during various negotiations between Israel (under successive governments) and the Palestinian Authority, negotiators consistently used methods similar to those outlined by the Geneva Initiative. If Israeli and Palestinian leaders have failed to come to an agreement, it is not due to any lack of legal formulations or detailed maps, but to an absence of political will.
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