Uniting Voices: Dialogue on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution
In an ongoing effort to find paths to peace in the Middle East, Gate held a roundtable in Madrid, a meeting designed to exchange ideas and visions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This event not only symbolised the search for dialogue and understanding, but also brought together figures with the power to influence the future of the region.
The event was chaired by a key figure in Spanish politics, former Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Among the key panelists was the Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, who held office from 2006 to 2009. His participation is significant, as he brings a direct Israeli perspective on the challenges and possibilities of peace. He is joined by Amer Moussa, who as Secretary General of the Arab League (2001-2011), provides essential insight into the Arab world and its complexities. Complementing these perspectives, Nabil Shaath, who served as Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority (2003-2005), provides a crucial voice representing Palestinian interests and aspirations.
The event was not only a gathering of current and former political leaders, but also brought together more than 20 experts from various disciplines, including academics, diplomats and policy advisors. Each brought their knowledge and experience to the table, enriching the debate with different perspectives and expertise. Notable attendees included diplomatic figures such as Egyptian Ambassador Youssef Mekkawy and Israeli Ambassador Rodica Radian-Gordon, whose presence underlined the importance of intercultural and international dialogue.
This meeting in Madrid was not just another meeting; it represented an opportunity to move towards a more peaceful future in the Middle East. Through the exchange of ideas and a commitment to constructive dialogue, participants not only shared visions but also explored practical solutions to one of the most enduring and complex conflicts of our era. With the hope that the talks will continue and translate into concrete action, Gate’s event stands out as a significant step on the long and arduous road to peace.
The conclusions of Gate’s Madrid event highlighted the urgency and complexity of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. First, the need to place the end of this conflict at the top of the international agenda was reaffirmed, recognising its global impact and the need for renewed and sustained attention.
Participants in the debate expressed concern about the difficulty of engaging the current Israeli government in peace initiatives, highlighting the importance of political will to move towards an agreement. Despite these challenges, there was a clear consensus on the need to continue to come up with new ideas and creative proposals that will lead to a final and just settlement.
One of the most discussed solutions was the two-state solution, considered the only viable one in the current situation. Although the one-state solution was mentioned, it was concluded that it faces significant challenges that make it less feasible. Participants agreed that it is not enough to wait for the perfect moment to act, but that it is necessary to adopt serious and well thought out proposals now.
In this context, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan was highlighted as a promising option, urging a review and response from the Palestinian leadership. Simultaneously, the continued relevance of the Arab Peace Initiative was acknowledged, suggesting that both proposals could form a viable framework for future negotiations.
In addition, the importance of developing a new regional security system, involving all countries in the region and contributing to lasting stability, was underlined. Such a system should not only address the security fears and needs of all parties but also facilitate the process of normalisation between Arab countries and Israel.
Finally, participants pledged to maintain the dialogue, underlining the importance of continuous and collaborative work. The Gate Centre, as the organiser of the event, pledged to follow up on this initiative, ensuring that the conclusions of the debate are not just words but are translated into concrete actions that bring all parties closer to a lasting and peaceful solution.