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New IPCRI Policy Paper

A Comprehensive Approach to the Current Crises


JULY 25, 2006


General Comprehensive Approach


It has been said that wars create opportunities for political changes.  The current Middle East crisis should be used by decisions makers to create opportunities to bring the region into a new era of regional and bilateral negotiations aimed at dealing with the Israeli-Arab conflict in a comprehensive fashion.


Some of the opportunities which could be created by the crises include:



This paper outlines several new directions that seek to exploit and to materialize the opportunities created by the current crises. These opportunities include several bilateral tracks with specific steps that should be taken to resolve the current immediate crisis and to bring the region back to the peace track. The comprehensive approach of dealing with bilateral tracks in parallel enables the entire process to be concluded by addressing the root causes of the conflict.  The comprehensive approach detailed below could lead to the development of peaceful relations between Israel and all of its neighbors in accordance with the vision of the Arab League Peace Initiative from March 2002. That initiative takes the most comprehensive approach which includes the end of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, the establishment of an independent Palestinian State along the 1967 borders and a just and agreed upon solution to the Palestinian refugee problem. Together with the advancing of an Israeli-Lebanese Track and an Israeli-Syrian Track, the end result could be the establishment of peace and normalized relations with all of the countries of the Arab world.


The following describes in brief the measures that we believe must be taken in order to return the region to a political process.


Israeli-Lebanon Track







The Israeli-Palestinian Track











Israeli-Syrian Track







Concluding the comprehensive approach







Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora – Co-CEOs

Khaled Duzdar and Yossi Ben Ari – Co-Directors, the Strategic Affairs Unit


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