Geneva Initiative

In August 2007 Ambassador McDonald met with Israeli and Palestinian water experts, along with water experts from the United States, and mediated a water agreement between Israel and Palestine. On September 15, 2009 it was published as part of the Geneva Initiative and presented to the Presidents of both Israel and Palestine. IMTD made sure the United States was included by sending a copy to Special Envoy Senator George Mitchell and to President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Congressman Rahm Emanual. Congressman Emanuel assigned it to the National Security Council. They met with Ambassador McDonald and Karen Dickman, the Water Project Manager, to discuss the process of the talks and agreement, and expressed an interest in further meetings in the future regarding the use of the agreement as a tool for building larger peace agreements.