The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Four Narratives and a Five-Component Strategy

Yair Hirschfeld, the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at the Baker Institute, discusses the rationale and content of a suggested five-component strategy for dealing with the current dilemmas faced in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. This strategy includes bottom-up movement toward a two-state solution, de-escalation in Gaza, developing phases of progress for the Arab Peace Initiative, dealing with Iran, and preparing a U.S. bridging proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian Treaty of Peace. Hirschfeld will also use four narratives -- two Israeli and two Palestinian -- to illustrate the point that, in order for peace negotiations to succeed, the narratives of both sides of the conflict should be complementary and possibly overlap.

Speaker Yair Hirschfeld
Yair Hirschfeld, Ph.D., is the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at the Baker Institute. Hirschfeld is currently teaching at the University of Haifa in the Department of Middle Eastern History. He is also the director general of the Tel ...

Yair Hirschfeld, Ph.D., is the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at the Baker Institute. Hirschfeld is currently teaching at the University of Haifa in the Department of Middle Eastern History. He is also the director general of the Tel Aviv-based Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF).


The ECF aims to develop a comprehensive strategy toward regional peacemaking and reconciliation by pursuing policy planning on issues of permanent status and by developing concepts, strategies and implementation designs supporting Israeli-Arab (Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian) cooperation and coordination in political, economic and social spheres. Under the auspices of the institute’s Conflict Resolution Program, Hirschfeld participates in the Baker Institute’s Israeli-Palestinian Working Group, both at the institute and in the Middle East. In December 1992, Hirschfeld created the Oslo Channel and headed its Israeli team until May 1993.


Having developed bridging concepts and obtained support from the Israeli government as well as the Palestine Liberation Organization, the unofficial track became official May 20, 1993, when Hirschfeld joined the official Israeli negotiating team. From 1994 to 1995, Hirschfeld was a member of the Israeli team that prepared the first Israeli-Palestinian blueprint for the Permanent Status Agreement, which has become known as the “Beilin-Abu Mazen Understanding.”



Yair Hirschfeld

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Tue, May 12, 2009
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) America/Chicago

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