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    The last Israeli to negotiate with the Palestinians - with Tzipi Livni (Part 2)

    enJune 06, 2024

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    • Israeli-Palestinian conflict narrativesThe Israeli-Palestinian conflict is deeply rooted in unrecognized rights and narratives. Finding a peaceful resolution requires recognizing and addressing the unique narratives and aspirations of both sides.

      Learning from this conversation with Cippi Livni is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is deeply rooted in unrecognized rights and narratives. Livni shares her personal experience of growing up in a tough neighborhood where her mother believed in instilling strength in her children instead of showing affection. This mindset mirrors the Israeli perspective on the conflict, where the right to exist and self-determination are paramount. However, Livni acknowledges that the Palestinians also have their own narrative and aspirations. She recalls her negotiations with Palestinian leaders, where the focus was not on who has more rights, but rather finding a way for both peoples to live in their own states while preserving their unique narratives. Despite the lack of a Palestinian leader willing to sign an agreement with Israel at present, Livni emphasizes that the choice in the Middle East is between bad options, and the one-state solution is not a viable alternative. Ultimately, recognizing and addressing the unmet rights and narratives of both sides is crucial for finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

    • Israeli-Palestinian conflictUnderstanding each other's perspectives and practical solutions are essential for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while ignoring or making unrealistic assumptions about the other side's intentions won't lead to peace.

      The Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved by ignoring each other's perspectives or making unrealistic assumptions about the other side's intentions. The speaker expresses a desire for Israel to remain a Jewish democratic secured state and separates security from settlements that don't provide security for Israel. However, he acknowledges that there is currently no viable Palestinian leader for negotiations and that the international community's focus on individual rights rather than national ones complicates the situation. The Israeli army's failure to secure the border during the October 7th events underscores the importance of maintaining a secure border and the role of the military in providing security. Ultimately, the speaker emphasizes the need for practicality and clear-eyed understanding of the situation, rather than idealistic solutions that ignore the complexities of the conflict.

    • Israeli-Palestinian conflict security solutionA clear plan for replacing Hamas in Gaza is necessary for achieving long-term security in the region, but the lack of such a plan may perpetuate the cycle of violence and instability.

      The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza raises the question of what it means for Israel to achieve security in the region. While some argue that occupation is the solution, others suggest that the eradication of Hamas is the key. However, the discussion raises concerns about who would replace Hamas and the potential chaos that could ensue. The US, under President Biden, has proposed a broader deal to replace Hamas with the legitimate Palestinian authority, but Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is not willing to engage in such discussions. Without a clear plan for replacement, the cycle of violence and instability is likely to continue. Ultimately, the conversation underscores the need for a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one that addresses the root causes of the conflict and provides a viable alternative to Hamas' rule in Gaza.

    • Israeli security strategyNetanyahu's approach to Israeli security involves keeping adversaries in power to prevent negotiations with their governments, while Livni advocated for dismantling Hezbollah through supporting the Lebanese government.

      Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's approach to handling security threats, such as Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, differs significantly from that of other world leaders. Netanyahu's decision to keep Hamas in power in Gaza, despite its threat to Israel's security, is based on the belief that negotiating with the Palestinian Authority is a greater threat to those advocating for a greater Israel. Conversely, during the 2006 Lebanon War, as foreign minister, Tzipi Livni advocated for a strategy to work against Hezbollah while supporting the legitimacy of the Lebanese government. The ultimate goal was to dismantle Hezbollah, as outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 1559. However, Netanyahu's approach to Israel's security challenges has often resulted in stalemates and continued conflict, as seen in the aftermath of the Protective Edge operation in Gaza in 2014.

    • Geopolitical complexities in Lebanon and GazaComplex geopolitical issues like those in Lebanon and Gaza require a multifaceted approach combining military and diplomatic efforts. There are no easy solutions, and regional and international dynamics complicate matters. Israel's security is important, but finding a way for someone else to handle civilians' welfare may be necessary.

      Dealing with complex geopolitical issues, such as those involving Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, requires a multifaceted approach that combines both military and diplomatic efforts. The speaker emphasized that there are no easy solutions, and the situation is further complicated by regional and international dynamics. In the case of Lebanon, international forces helped bring the Lebanese Army to the border and keep Hezbollah away from it, but the situation was not permanent, and Iran opposed the arrangement. Similarly, in the context of Gaza, there are few good options for Israel, and while military action may be necessary at times, it is not a sustainable solution. The speaker advocated for finding a way for Israel to maintain security while allowing someone else to handle the civilians' welfare. The speaker also reflected on the importance of resilience and strength in tough neighborhoods, and the need for practical, hard-headed solutions rather than slogans or unrealistic expectations.

    • Israeli security, Palestinian authorityCooperation between Israel and Arab countries on security matters in the West Bank is crucial for regional stability, while a legitimate Palestinian authority is necessary for Israel's security and regional progress.

      The ongoing conflict in Gaza and the need for a legitimate Palestinian authority to ensure Israel's security are complex issues intertwined with regional and international politics. The speaker emphasizes the importance of cooperation between Israel and Arab countries on security matters in the West Bank. The international community's desire to end the war provides leverage for Israel to make demands on its security. However, the speaker also acknowledges that a legitimate Palestinian authority is necessary for regional stability and progress. The speaker expresses a preference for any non-Hamas regime in Gaza that would cooperate on Israel's security. The speaker's personal background and experiences in Israeli politics, including the divisive periods and challenges, illustrate the resilience of Israeli society in holding together despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

    • Israeli unityIsraeli politician Czippie Livni emphasizes the importance of returning to fundamental values in Declaration of Independence for Israeli unity and regaining a sense of purpose as a 'start-up nation' contributing to the global community.

      The current divisions within Israeli society, following the events of October 7th, 2023, and more generally, can be seen as a challenging moment. However, it's important to consider this as an opportunity for unity rather than division. Czippie Livni, a prominent Israeli politician, emphasizes the need for Israelis to return to the fundamental values of their Declaration of Independence, which can unite both Israelis and the international community. Livni believes that Israel's identity as a "start-up nation," contributing to the global community, can help Israelis regain a sense of unity and purpose. By focusing on shared values and goals, rather than conflict, Israel can bounce back and continue to thrive.

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