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Research Report

ADVANCING THE DIALOGUE: A Security System for the Two-State Solution

Ilan Goldenberg
Gadi Shamni
Nimrod Novik
Kris Bauman
Copyright Date: May. 1, 2016
Pages: 71

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    This chapter briefly describes the existing Israeli-Palestinian security situation. It then outlines key common threats that any security system would have to address, as well as Israeli security requirements and Palestinian requirements for security, dignity, and sovereignty that must be met for any security system to meet both sides’ needs. Finally, it summarizes the greatest challenges and sticking points to getting the two parties to agree on a security system.

    Confidence in the possibility of solving the Israeli- Palestinian conflict is at a nadir. More than 20 years after Oslo, both sides are deeply disillusioned and trust is nonexistent, especially...

  6. (pp. 23-47)

    The first layer of security for both Palestinians and Israelis in this proposed system would be the internal security forces of the Palestinian state. This will be vital for Palestinians from a perspective of law and order and for Israelis due to their concerns about counterterrorism. This chapter describes the necessary capacity of the PASF under such a system, specific improvements that need to be made to address counterterrorism challenges, and how Israelis and Palestinians can work jointly to address these threats. The chapter concludes with two potential crisis scenarios, which have been built out to demonstrate how the system...

  7. (pp. 48-61)

    The key to any transition plan will be twofold. For Palestinians, they will need to see a realistic end to the occupation and real and visible changes on the ground quickly that credibly demonstrate that change is happening. This will be necessary to cause the fundamental political shift that will persuade many Palestinian fence-sitters to support the agreement instead of rejecting it and sympathizing with violators of the agreement.

    For Israelis, they will need to know that there will not be arbitrary timetables that force a premature redeployment that leaves Israel vulnerable. To address this, there would be a conditions-dependent...

  8. (pp. 62-67)
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