Kurtzer Provides Recommendations for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations
PRINCETON, N.J.—As Secretary of State John Kerry approaches a critical decision point in his determined and creative approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace making, a central issue remains: Can the two parties agree to negotiate on the basis of a U.S.-crafted "framework?"
In his edited volume, “Pathways to Peace” Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to both Israel and Egypt and professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, developed such a model framework that addresses the core issues that need to be negotiated and resolved. Kurtzer's framework lays out fair and reasonable positions that stretch the thinking of both parties but also try to accommodate their deepest interests and concerns.
"As a result of negotiations, Palestine and Israel will live side-by-side in peace and security," said Kurtzer, a lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. "Each country will affirm the importance of maintaining and strengthening peace based on freedom, equality, justice, respect for human rights and respect for human dignity."
Kurtzer outlines several areas of negotiation in his report including: territory and borders, security, Israeli settlements and refugees, West Bank and Gaza "Safe Passage," places of historical and religious significance, the status of Jerusalem and water resources.
The negotiations seek a just, lasting and comprehensive peace, consistent with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, said Kurtzer. Resolution 242 was adopted unanimously in 1967 following the Six-Day War and outlines the principles necessary for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. Resolution 338, adopted in 1973, calls for all parties to cease all firing and terminate military activity.
Kurtzer was the U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005. He also served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt during the term of President Clinton.
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