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Fathom Highlight | A New Regional Approach to Peace between Israel and the Palestinians / 16 February / 2017

On the heels of yesterday’s meeting in which US President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu referred to a regional approach to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, our Fathom Highlight is Koby Huberman, co-founder of the Israeli Peace Initiative, making the case for a ‘New Regional Paradigm’. Huberman outlines five myths and fundamental misconceptions of the tried-and-tested ‘Old Bilateral Paradigm,’ and argues that an opportunity now exists to create a regional deal to advance the two-state solution.

Our voice of the week is Martin Indyk, former US special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, speaking on the Trump administration policies and the US-Israel relationship, 14 February 2017.

Our image of the week is ultra orthodox Jews withstanding the heavy rain at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, 15 February 2017.

Seize the Moment – Build a New Regional Paradigm

by Koby Huberman

The two-state solution is the only viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet we need a new paradigm to reach it because the old ‘Bilateral Negotiations’ paradigm doesn’t work. On the other hand, for the first time in history there is an opportunity for a new regional deal that will generate cooperation between Israel and its new regional allies in order to create stability, limit Iran’s influence, fight radical Islam, rehabilitate the region’s economy and assure Israel’s security. The convergence...

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