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20 years of JPL work 1989-2008
Founded in 1989, The Jewish Peace Lobby is an American Jewish organization which seeks to promote a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The organization is now made up of over 5,000 members and 400 rabbis.  JPL has worked on issues such as on-the-ground Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.  In addition to JPL's grassroots efforts, it works closely with Israeli, Palestinian, European and American policy-makers.
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JPL REPORT: 2013 Annual Report

  • During the past year, JPL continued our core mission: to develop new and promising approaches to ending the conflict and to communicate those ideas to relevant parties (e.g. Palestinian, Israeli, U.S. officials). We are working on three of the most basic questions:
    - How can we solve the Palestinian refugee issue?
    - Is there a way to address the question of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif that would be in line with the religious needs of both peoples?
    - Where do we go if bilateral negotiations reach a dead-end?

ARTICLE: Palestine strategy and the UN

  • Al Quds, 15 June 2011 - Many questions have arisen about the wisdom of seeking United Nations recognition of the State of Palestine in September. including what follows UN recognition of Palestine and is there a long term alternative to negotiations. A new approach on these issues is presented.

ARTICLE: A Different Way of Thinking About the Two-state Solution

  • Al Quds, 13 February 2010 - Given that a two-state solution along the strict-separation model does not have high prospects of being negotiated, implemented and stabilized, it is worth investigating whether there is a workable alternative model of two-states. What would the two-state solution look like if rather than turning away from the underlying reality of the common homeland, we were to embrace that reality?

ARTICLE: Declare a Palestinian State

  • IHT, 24 February 2010 - While international recognition of Palestinian statehood prior to an agreement with Israel is not a magic solution, it is a highly constructive idea that may make successful negotiations a genuine possibility.

ARTICLE: The 1988 Declaration of Independence

  • Haaretz, 27 November 2009 - Prime Minister Fayyad's plan for Palestinian Statehood builds on the Palestinian 1988 Declaration of Independence. This has significant advantages when examined from the perspective of promoting a final status agreement, in particular one in which the PLO may recognize Israel's Jewish character.

JPL HIGHLIGHT: JPL was "a participating organization" at the J-street Conference

  • Information on the JStreet "Driving Change, Securing Peace" conference can be found here here. J Street's first national conference will bring together dozens of organizations and over 1,000 individuals committed to peace and security for Israel and the Middle East on October 25-28, 2009.

JPL MIDDLE EAST VISIT: Dr. Segal, JPL's President, visited the Middle East 18-25 of October

  • As in previous visits Dr. Segal will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well senior international diplomats and will present policy recommendation towards a just and lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

    Dr. Segal and Presidnt Abbas, Gaza, July 2005

JPL HIGHLIGHT: Bi-partisan group at U.S./Middle East Project in line with JPL efforts

  • A key recommendation in the new document of the bi-partisan group at U.S./Middle East Project is that the US “Cease discouraging Palestinian national reconciliation and make clear that a government that agrees to a cease-fire with Israel, accepts President Mahmoud Abbas as the chief negotiator and commits to abiding by the results of a national referendum on a future peace agreement would not be boycotted or sanctioned.” This is very much in line with JPL's efforts during the last two years.

JPL RADIO CLIP: Jerome Segal, JPL President, was interviewed on the Truth & Justice Radio on 8th of February 2009

  • Dr. Segal discusses the current potential for peacemaking, and in particular the importance of having a coherent Palestinian negotiating address, the meaning of past attempts by Hamas to communicate with the US in interpreting Hamas's intentions and what one can learn from the Annapolis negotiations (Dr. Segal's interview begins 20 minutes into the radio broadcast).

ARTICLE: Palestinians’ Right of Return and Israel’s Right to Exist as a Jewish State

  • Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly, SUMMER/FALL 2008 -- The article explores Palestinians’ Right of Return and Israel’s Right to Exist as a Jewish State and shows that the most fundamental questions about both rights have never been answered. Building on exploration of such questions it is proposed that: 1) regardless of Palestinian views about the morality of a Jewish state, it remains possible for them to acknowledge its legality and 2) a final settlement can both affirm the right of return of the actual 1948 refugees and provide for the implementation of this right.

EVENT: Obama's Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • JPL President, Jerome M. Segal, spoke in an Middle East Citizens Assembly (MECA) event at the Ambassdor Hotel in Jerusalem on January 15th, 2009. Click here to listen the opening words of Mr. Walid Salem, MECA Coordinator, about the conclusions of MECA's 2008 Conference and Dr. Segal's lecture.

EVENT: Middle East Policy in an Obama Administration

  • JPL President, Jerome M. Segal, spoke in an ADC event on December 17th, 2008.

JPL Report: JPL Highlights - 20 years - 1989-2008

  • As JPL concludes 20 years of intensive peacemaking you are invited to read the highlights of our work and achievements since 1989.

ARTICLE: The Refugees' Right of Return and Israel's Right to Exist as a Jewish State

  • Al-Quds, 9 July 2008 - A rigourous exploration of the meanings of these two oft-mentioned rights -- "The Refugees' Right to Return" and "Israel's Right to Exist as a Jewish State" -- is necessary for enabling further progress towards resolution of the Israeli conflict. Interpreting the two rights in relation to each other yields particularly valuable insights and possibilities.

ARTICLE: Israel Needs Tough Love

  • Haaretz, 9 May 2008 - The US should take a tough love policy towards Israel just like President Bush (Sr.) and Secretary of State Jim Baker did with PM Shamir before the Madrid talks.

ARTICLE: A Way Out of a Deadly Impasse

  • Haaretz, 9 March 2008 - The best option is to lure Hamas into the peace process through the ratification-by-referendum modality.

ARTICLE: How to Bring a Unified Palestinian State into Existence

  • Al-Quds, 27 September 2007 - An implementation-based process which clarified in advance the de-jure borders may actually provide a solution both to Israel's security concerns and internal Palestinian unity.

ARTICLE: The Missed Opportunity

  • Haaretz, 15 November 2007 - The Palestinian Declaration of Independence was issued in 1988 as part of a Palestinian peace initiative and was a remarkable opportunity to bring the conflict to a close.

ARTICLE: Palestinian Statehood within a Year

  • Haaretz, 13 July 2007 - making security performance a part of the of the process of ending occupation rather than a precondition for negotiations can bring Palestinian statehood within a year.

ARTICLE: Moving Toward a Moment of Truth

  • YNETNews, 6 June 2007 - Before Hamas fully takes over the Palestinian territories, the conflict parties need to agree on something roughly similar to the Clinton Parameters. There are a few ways for doing so.

ARTICLE: Who's Afraid of 194?

  • YNET, 20 March 2007 - Israel has no need to fear UN resolution 194. There are many ways it can accept it while presenting a consistent argument, for example regarding its impracticability.

ARTICLE: Final Status in a New Era

  • Haaretz, 16 February 2007 - Israel has to decide between negotiating a provisional agreement along the lines of phase 2 of the roadmap or a final status agreement with performance-based implementation. The latter is by far the preferable option.

ARTICLE: A Middle East Breakthrough

  • Haaretz, 11 October 2006 - The Iranian President and the Hamas leadership commit to accept any peace treaty ratified in a referendum by the Palestinian people. This presents an important opportunity for the Quartet, which should put forward a proposal for a fully drafted end-of conflict treaty that Israel and the PLO will improve and put for ratification.

ARTICLE: The Proper Role of Referendum

  • Al Quds, June 2006 - Rather than conducting a referendum on the Prisoners' Document, on which there is a clear Palestinian majority, one should focus on the unique potential that lies in the referendum-based ratification process for agreements negotiated with Israel which the imprisoned Palestinian leadership has agreed to.

ARTICLE: Convergence and the Lebanon model

  • Haaretz, 20 June 2006 - Israel can conduct a Convergence plan and gain international recognition of the borders it withdraws to as permanent. To achieve this it has to gain American commitment to work within the UNSC for the line Israel supports. The PLO would likely do the same through other permanent members and final decision will be taken in the UNSC in a way that both sides are assured they have the support of an actor with veto-powers. The UNSC will determine that withdrawal to a specific line will fulfill the withdrawal provisions of UNSC resolution 242.

ARTICLE: Avoiding 'Ambiguity' on the Right to Exist

  • Haaretz, 18 March 2006 - A nuanced reading of the right to exist in historical perspective is presented and highlights some crucial distinctions that were kept ambiguous so far and thus blocked progress. Chief among these are the distinction between a legal and a moral right, and the one between the right of a state to come into existence or to remain in existence.

ARTICLE: The Offer Hamas and the PLO Should Make to Israel

  • Al Quds, February 25, 2006 - Hamas and the PLO should propose to Israel a referendum-based ratification process for agreements negotiated with Israel.

ARTICLE: The Last Chance to End the Conflict

  • Haaretz, 2 February 2006 - Given the fact that even after Hamas's victory in the elections they have not achieved control over the PA presidency or the PLO, a path is still open for the resolution of the conflict. A referendum based peace process can be launched. Rapid negotiations can begin based on a draft provided by the quartet and the resulting document will be presented to ratification by referendum in both societies. Crucially, both sides will commit in advance to abide by the referendums results.

JPL POLL: Majority of Israeli Jews Are Prepared to Support a Much Wider Unilateral Withdrawal

  • Recent polling conducted by the Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel-Aviv University, in coordination with the Jewish Peace Lobby, has found that a clear majority of Israeli-Jews support a unilateral withdrawal encompassing the West Bank as well as the Gaza Strip, provided that from an international point of view, such a withdrawal ends the territorial dimension of the conflict, with Israel recognized as a Jewish state within a permanent boundary. Such a withdrawal goes well beyond anything contemplated by the current Israeli government.

ARTICLE: Reflections on a Strategy for Independence

  • Jerome Segal argues in his May 2004 op-ed in the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds that based on an understanding that achieving a monopoly over the use of force within the context of the emergence of a new state can be significantly more effective, a proposal for a uni-lateral strategy for Palestinian independence and statehood which is "consistent" with the goals of the Roadmap is presented.

JPL RADIO CLIP: Jerome Segal, JPL President, made a presentation at the Palestine Center, Washington DC, on 8th of May 2003

  • Dr. Segal talks of "The Roadmap: Exit from Conflict or U-Turn?" and proposes a particular way for the US to play an active role. Additional panelists were Milton Viorst, noted journalist and author and Ghalab Darabya, the political counselor for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington.

INFO BRIEF: The Nusseibeh-Ayalon Initiative

  • Over the last two years, Ami Ayalon, former head of Israel’s internal security service (the Shin Bet), and Sari Nusseibeh, former PLO official and now President of Al-Quds University, have worked to develop an end-of-the-conflict vision.  They have agreed upon a short, but powerful statement, that outlines how the key issues are to be resolved.  Recently, they announced the formation of a joint Israeli-Palestinian effort called The People’s Voice; its goal is to have hundreds of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians sign their name to the proposed framework for ending the conflict.  They believe that by gaining and demonstrating wide public support for this plan they can move towards the necessary peace between the two peoples.  Compare The People's Voice with the Clinton Parameters.

PUBLIC ACTION: 100 Rabbis Urge Bush to Adopt a More Vigorous American Policy for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

  • When the Bush Administration released the Roadmap for Middle East Peace, 100 American Rabbis wrote the President and Members of Congress proposing a much more vigorous American Policy.

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