IPCRI’s Strategic Affairs Department 2004





In promoting its role and identity in the peace-building process IPCRI defines itself as a “think tank” and a “do tank” aimed at engaging Israelis and Palestinians of significance in a public peace process and at creating cooperation and interaction on an ongoing basis. During these times of complete political stalemate and impasse, IPCRI aims its political, analytical and strategic planning work at trying to bring about a resumption of the political process of direct internationally assisted Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. IPCRI seeks to advance high-level applied research and the development of public policy analyses and the development of policy proposals carried out in a cooperative manner on issues of conflict and joint concern. IPCRI makes efforts to include in its work individuals from four main centers of influence:



IPCRI generates ideas and provides safe forums for Israelis and Palestinians to engage in creative problem-solving, exploring options and outlining solutions. Participants are encouraged to go beyond customary positions, investigate needs, concerns and fears and to discover mutual interests. They are challenged to give expression to the vital solutions that lie beneath old antagonisms.   


IPCRI's approach is both head-on and hands-on. The belief is that Israelis and Palestinians have to confront the issues, propose a variety of alternative solutions, forward these to the responsible quarters and finally promote discussion on them among experts and the public. IPCRI is aware that often it is very difficult to rely solely on a bi-lateral process due to the high levels of antagonism and mistrust between the two sides and therefore has in recent years invited respected and credible third-parties to be involved with the ongoing work.


Over the past years IPCRI has been convening a number of joint Israeli-Palestinian policy forums. These have included joint working groups on: Jerusalem, the Road Map, Verification, Monitoring and Compliance Enhancement, Water, Agriculture, and Economics.  Each group has been convened independently of the others.  Most of the groups were composed of between 20-30 members and were convened on the average every two months for a long weekend meeting abroad (Thursday-Sunday, usually in Turkey). These working groups had been quite effective and efficient in their work. Most of the work of these groups produced clear and coherent policy recommendations that have been subsequently offered to Israeli, Palestinian and International policy makers affecting the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.


Several challenges and lessons learned from our work in conducting these programs are:


As a result of the lessons learned we have decided to redesign IPCRI’s Strategic Affairs Unit in the following way:


IPCRI’s Strategic Affairs Department has organized its work in 2004 within the framework of joint Israeli-Palestinian teams that will work throughout the year. This is an adaptation on the current scheme of convening periodic meetings of the various IPCRI Working Groups. The aim of the change is to be more responsive and pro-active to ongoing political developments and to increase the output of IPCRI’s work.


The Department is managed by a joint team who are experienced in managing complex political joint endeavors. The directors of the Unit are people with experience in directing the work of a large number of people and have policy analysis background and experience.  The Palestinian Co-Director of the SAU is Mr. Khaled Duzdar who has had experience working in various Palestinian NGO’s and in several joint projects with Israelis. The Israeli Co-Director is Mr. Kobi Michael, a retired Lt. Colonel in the IDF where he commanded the District Coordination Offices in the Gaza Strip and later in the West Bank being in charge of the joint Israeli-Palestinian patrols. Today Kobi is completing his Ph.D. in conflict resolution at the Hebrew University and he is also a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute. The Co-Directors of IPCRI together with the Strategic Unit Co-Directors form the managing and directorate Quintet for the Unit – setting policy, deciding on team members, responding to political developments and needs.  The Strategic Unit Quintet also serves in an advocacy and follow-up function ensuring that policy recommendations are brought forward to the decision makers in Israel, Palestine and in the International Community.



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With The STAT Towards a New Conception Regarding Breaking the Political Impasse

4 Years Are Enough!


The Aim: Breaking the Impasse and Resuming the Political Process

The Rational: Transforming the Unilateral Disengagement to a Bilateral or Multilateral and coordinated Disengagement in order to leverage the Israeli Political Initiative into a Substantial Political Development that will lead to the implementation of the Road Map.

The Intellectual Platform: The Strategic Thinking and Analyzing Team (see below). IPCRI is completing the recruitment of the Israeli and the Palestinian members of the STAT


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