Israel-Palestine Peace

The most common greeting in Hebrew and Arabic is, “I feel peaceful towards you.”


That’s what the very similar sounding Arabic and Hebrew words “as-salamu alaykum” and “shalom aleichim” mean.



(They’re literally, “Peace be onto you.”)


The greetings are very effective persuasion techniques that create peace within cultures.


They lead Hebrew-speaking people to feel peaceful within the group, and Arabic speaking people, too.


Now say those words in each others’ languages, too!


Say:

“I want you to feel happy.

I feel peaceful towards you.”




President

State of Palestine &

Palestinian National Authority

Mahmoud Abbas 

President of the 

United States of America

Joe Biden

July 18, 2022

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Because of the religious significance of Jerusalem to Muslims, Jews and Christians, the entire world looks to Israel as a metaphor for peace. When Israel is peaceful so too are countries everywhere. There is a particular importance to peace there as a result.

That's why many believe that the Abraham Declaration for Israel and Abraham Declaration for Palestine are great opportunities to create peace throughout the Middle East (and even further away places, such as parts of Asia). The one-page document declares religious peace between Islam, Christianity and Judaism (acknowledging that they're all inherently peaceful religions), and therefore declares peace between Islamic, Christian and Jewish states.


The name Abraham was chosen for the declaration because followers of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism all view Abraham as their first prophet. The religions are therefore all Abrahamic, with a single Creator God who loves us and saves us from sin. He is revealed with different aspects and tones in various religious texts. All of the religions call upon human beings to be peaceful towards one another.


Jewish Israelis have already achieved peace with the Palestinian people. There is currently stability in the region. Jewish Israelis and Palestinians clearly both want continued calm.


All countries hope the living standards of peaceful Palestinian people will improve (without preconditions). Therefore, one goal of future talks may be to develop on recent progress (see below). Recently, affluent governments started working together to eliminate poverty as an irritant to calm, without regard for the status of negotiations on other matters. For instance, helping Palestinians to meet their needs isn't waiting for decisions on whether Israelis and Palestinians prefer a one-state solution or two-state solution, or on where hypothetical states might create boundaries between them some day. The international community decided that it was too important to help poor people meet their needs right now than to wait to resolve those issues first.


Although negotiations between Jew and Palestinians are important, lifting up populations from absolute poverty into the middle class can do more to contribute to sustainable peace and calm in the region (and even globally) perhaps than anything else. People are peaceful towards those who are generous to them.


Peace talks are a very important way to get the concept of peace into the news so that national communication in all countries contributes to calm. Simply surfacing peace in audiences’ minds can lead viewers and listeners to feel and consequently behave more peacefully. The presentation of peace talks to the media therefore deserves careful consideration.

Peace talks are a GREAT public relations opportunity that can influence globally. (Perhaps they can remind newscasters to pattern peace, an approach to communication that can benefit humanity. The media has done extraordinary work courageously covering peace deals in the past, and deserves tremendous respect and support of everyone involved as a consequence. There was phenomenal reporting on Abraham Accords.

Therefore organizing and holding future Israel-Palestine peace talks in a distinguished setting, such as at the White House, where the media can participate, and play a helpful part, is very worthwhile.


In Israel, Muslims and Jews already enjoy equal rights - so there are no additional rights for Muslims to negotiate for from Jews. Muslims and Jews share access to the entire country. There are no restrictions on any religions there. But Muslims are a 20% minority in a 70% Jewish state of Israel. A “one state” peace deal would change that and make Muslims the majority.

The “two state” solution is therefore understandably preferred in peace negotiations by the Israeli government, because it preserves their influence over the country. A one state solution would change the voting demographics so much that the Jewish government would become fundamentally different, with Muslim voters dominating Jewish ones for the first time in close to a century. The two state approach to peace would not. fact, the two state solution would preserve both the Muslim Palestinian and Jewish Israeli governments in their current forms. Both would continue to exist exactly the way they do now. But it would leave open the question of where borders may become drawn between the two states. 

This author understands that the location of open borders between the two states might easily be chosen by the two parties, and therefore a peace agreement might easily be reached, because Muslims are already allowed to live anywhere they want in both Palestine and Israel. So the location of open borders between Palestine and Israel will have very little affect on Muslims regardless of where they’re drawn. Muslims can already live, work and love anywhere they want with equal rights. So perhaps the location of open borders can be easily agreed upon.

The recent security incidents in Jerusalem are an opportunity for Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leaders to remind followers about the sacred importance of peace. They’re also a reminder that the Israeli and Palestinian governments and populations can show even more compassion. After all, they are more than just moral and ethical toward the populations. The shared ethics and values in Judaism, Christianity and Islam are deeply felt throughout the region. There is a deep desire among Jewish Israelis for more than the basic needs of the Palestinian people to be fully met. All compassionate individuals care deeply and hope enthusiastically for an optimistic future for everyone involved. And there is an absolutely heroic effort for peace being made. Perhaps upcoming peace talks will become phenomenally successful, and today’s peace will become permanently successful in all ways in the holy land.

On June 12, 2022, Israeli newspapers reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Liberation Organization now "is a full peace partner and had signed a series of peace agreements, sponsored by the U.S., with Israel." The Israeli media reports were confirmed by the Palestinian news agency WAFA. President Abbas also urged the U.S. side to work on reopening the closed offices of the PLO in Washington, noting that the PLO "is committed to the peace process and stopping all unilateral actions.” This already represents a tremendous foreign policy accomplishment for President Biden, alternate Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett and current Prime Minister of Israel Yair Lapid. Substantial additional progress on peace is expected as a result.



(Presidential communication teams can use this opportunity to pattern “peace." Treasury secretaries can refer to the following communication guide for another way to help people everywhere to participate in a growing global economy.)











Alternate Israel Prime Minister

Naftali Bennett

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September 27, 2021

President of the State of Palestine

Mahmoud Abbas

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September 2021

Secretary of State Antony Blinken

May 25, 2021

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken & Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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November 3, 2022 - There is tremendous optimism about improving Israel-Palestine relations.  Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Jordan's King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein announced an increase of exports to Palestinian areas of the West Bank.  The value of their exports will increase $540 million, from $160 million to $700 million.  (The Palestinians must indicate that they accept the increase to receive it.) According to Israeli press, Israel’s Economy Minister has already authorized this to proceed.


July 26, 2021 - The Biden administration has started providing the $250 million funding congress approved late last year for “people-to-people” Palestinian programs. (Significantly more is also anticipated.)


July 5, 2021 - Israeli government joins the international community in distributing financial aid without preconditions.


Optimism abounds.

There's REAL courage for PEACE:

Extraordinary Israel and Palestinian truce now successful!

Hamas announced unconditional peace.

Israeli announced unconditional peace.

Hamas officials & Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office both confirmed the “mutual and unconditional” peace.

This was after two weeks of negotiation:

Hamas asked for the truce with Israel.

Israel asked for the truce with Hamas.


July 5, 2021 - Israeli government reiterates commitment to peace.


World leaders deserve tremendous credit for peace:




BAHRAIN


October, 2021

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bahrain

Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani

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CHINA



July 1, 2021

President Xi Jinping reiterates China's insistence on peace, saying, "China has always worked to safeguard world peace, contribute to global development, and preserve international order... [We] remain committed to promoting peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit, to an independent foreign policy of peace, and to the path of peaceful development."

June 10, 2021

China demands Palestine-Israel peace at the United Nations. Principled stance positions Beijing to fully de-escalate relations, and work towards a lasting calm in the region.

May 21, 2021

China's efforts for REAL Israel-Palestine PEACE at the United Nations a phenomenal success.

May 17, 2021

China once again calls for peace and offers to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. - South China Morning Post

May 16, 2021

Two very important official statements from the People's Republic of China calling for Israel-Palestine PEACE:

“All parties immediately stop hostilities and resume political dialogue as soon as possible.” - Hua Chunying (South China Morning Post)

“We urge all UN Security Council members... to make the necessary efforts to effectively safeguard regional peace and security.” Furthermore, the "United Nations Security Council [is] to meet to discuss Gaza conflict. All members must shoulder responsibility for peace." - Wang Yi (South China Morning Post)

May 18, 2021

China once again supports Israel-Palestine PEACE.

"China has been consistent in promoting the peace process in the Middle East, has adhered to fairness and justice, and is ready to support all efforts that help to ease the tension.... China has made it a top priority to tackle the Palestine-Israel conflict.... All the concerned parties should unite on the side of justice and peace, and the right side of history.... The international community should practice true multilateralism, push for a comprehensive, fair and sustainable solution to the Palestinian issue at an early date." China Daily

May 6, 2021

China's President Xi Jinping called the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres personally

"The United Nations looks forward to closer cooperation with China in such fields as world PEACE and security, biodiversity protection, climate change response, and assistance for developing countries to achieve sustainable development, so as to take the UN-China relationship to a new height," according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

March 31, 2021

Palestinians welcome Chinese peace initiative

May 13, 2021

“China... calls on all sides to exercise restraint and refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric. China also encourages immediate actions toward de-escalation.”

May 13, 2021

Beijing is seeking to play a "constructive role" in mediating Israel Palestine peace




“As the Palestinian people’s good friend, partner and brother, China hopes Palestine and Israel can achieve peace as soon as possible and live and work in peace. China will make unremitting efforts for this," President Xi Jinping said, after receiving a Palestinian medal of honor from Abbas. 




JORDAN


August 19, 2021

Jordan's King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein travelled to Palestine to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

King Abdullah requested resumption of Israel-Palestine peace talks.

King Abdullah has led extraordinarily on Israel-Palestine peace for many years:

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RUSSIA


May 25, 2021

The Kremlin and White House announce Putin-Biden meeting.

May 20, 2021

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's extraordinary PEACE diplomacy successful! Negotiates lifting of sanctions.

(Real friendship possible when Russia's President Vladimir Putin & President Joe Biden get together in the near future.)

May 18, 2021

Russia convinced Hamas to agree to Israel-Palestinian PEACE right now. Hamas representative Mohamed Athmane makes peace announcement.

May 12, 2021

“We believe it is important to observe the terms of the status quo in relation to the Holy Places in Jerusalem enshrined in the Jordanian-Israeli PEACE TREATY, as well as the well-known UN resolutions concerning this city." - The Kremlin

Israel & Russia Peace

May 12, 2021

Russia President Vladimir Putin calls for de-escalation and resolution of Israel-Palestine issues. - The Moscow Times

May 13, 2021

Russia President, UN Secretary-General urge de-escalation between Israel, Palestine

May 13, 2021

President Putin urges Israel Palestinian peaceful ceasefire. - The Moscow Times

May 5, 2021

Russia SUPPORTS Middle East PEACE





SAUDI ARABIA

September 21, 2021

King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

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May 16, 2021

According to the Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia supports all efforts for Israel-Palestine peace right now.

Prince Faisal said that, "Islam calls for peace, and we were and still are advocates of peace, and King Salman confirmed this in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last year in which the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said: "Peace is our strategic choice, and our duty is to spare no effort to work together toward achieving a bright future amid peace, stability, prosperity and coexistence among all peoples of the region. King Salman also said Saudi Arabia supports all efforts aimed at advancing the peace process to end the Arab-Israeli conflict and to ensure Palestinian people obtain their legitimate rights, foremost among which is the establishment of their independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital."

- Saudi Gazette

May 2, 2021

Saudi Arabia peace talks with Iran successful

According to Iran, "Iran and Saudi Arabia, as two important countries in the region and the Muslim world, can enter a new chapter of interaction and cooperation to achieve regional PEACE, stability, and development by adopting constructive and dialogue-based approaches,"

April 23, 2021

Saudi Arabia & Iran make progress towards peace

“It is in the interest of Iran and Saudi Arabia and regional stability and peace that we find a way to resolve disputes,” said Iran. 

“I can say that there have been many positive signals from Saudi Arabia as well," he said, stressing that "there is a desire in Iran to restore relations with Riyadh."




IRAN


President Abrahim Raisi

September 26, 2021

June 17, 2021

Iran’s Supreme Leader chooses democracy.

June 16, 2021

Iran makes PEACE with Saudi Arabia.

June 16, 2021

Iran makes PEACE with Afghanistan.





SYRIA

August 1, 2021

President Bashar al-Assad to the Syrian government: 

"You were and will remain hope for every honorable person, carrying a banner of truth, and safeguarding values of justice and PEACE." (August, 2021)


September 29, 2020

Israel's IS24 News:


President Bashar al-Assad

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U.A.E.


October, 2021

Minister of State of Foreign Affairs

His Excellency K. Shaheen Al Marar

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


President Joe Biden

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President Joe Biden

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken

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July 26, 2021

U.S. Congress starts providing $250 million to “people-to-people” Palestinian grassroots programs and joint economic ventures that shore up the Palestinian economy. Peace Fund distributions are now possible because of legislation passed late last year.


June 13, 2021

President Joseph R. Biden spoke with Prime Minister Bennett to offer his warm congratulations to Prime Minister Bennett on becoming Prime Minister of the State of Israel. President Biden highlighted his decades of steadfast support for the U.S.-Israel relationship and his unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. The leaders agreed that they and their teams would consult closely on all matters related to regional security. The President also conveyed that his administration intends to work closely with the Israeli government on efforts to advance peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians.   


May 17, 2021

President Joe Biden supports peaceful ceasefire in phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. - ABC News

May 15, 2021

President Joe Biden supports peaceful ceasefire in phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. - Reuters

May 15, 2021

President Joe Biden calls Netanyahu and Abbas in hopes of peace. - The National News

May 16, 2021

Senate Democrats call for peace between Israel & Hamas. - JP

May 12, 2021 

"The Palestinian people... have the right to safety and security just as Israelis do... We call on all sides to exercise restraint and to exercise calm.” - The White House

May 12, 2021 Newsweek

The top priority of "Israeli-Palestinian PEACE should be resuming our dialogue with the Palestinians." - President Joe Biden

May 12, 2021

President Biden spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "He conveyed the United States’ encouragement of a pathway toward restoring a sustainable calm. He shared his conviction that Jerusalem, a city of such importance to people of faith from around the world, must be a place of PEACE."

April 13, 2021

"President Biden reaffirmed his goal of building a stable and predictable relationship with Russia consistent with U.S. interests, and proposed a summit meeting in a third country in the coming months to discuss the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia." - WhiteHouse.gov




UNITED NATIONS


Secretary-General of the 

United Nations

António Guterres

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October 2021

Secretary-General of the 

United Nations

António Guterres

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November 2021

May 17, 2021

United Nations General Secretary Guterres calls for immediate peaceful ceasefire in Gaza and Israel. - United Nations

May 13, 2021

“I appeal for an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel," U.N. General Secretary Guterres said on Twitter.

May 11, 2021

"De-escalation ‘an absolute must’ in Israel-Palestine conflict.... Take action to enable the parties to... return to the previous understandings that have maintained a relative calm in Gaza." United Nations official statement.

December, 2020

Peace is achievable



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