Israel and Palestine

Between 2001-2004 IMTD hosts an Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Group to provide a neutral environment for discussion, and to give the participants the opportunity to develop contacts, exchange views, explore differences, and search for common ground on sensitive issues.

IMTD hosted the first meeting of the Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Group in March, 2001 and most recently again in July and August, 2004. As with IMTD’s other Dialogue Groups, the purpose of the Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Group is to provide a neutral environment for discussion, and to give the participants the opportunity to develop contacts, exchange views, explore differences, and search for common ground on sensitive issues. The participants share a personal and/or professional background related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Topics discussed during previous dialogue were as follows:

  • The role, purpose and usefulness of an Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Group in Washington, DC
  • How conflict resolution and peacebuilding initiatives can profit from one another and work together in the Israeli-Palestinian context
  • The role of the U.S. Government in the Middle East and its impact on mediation, compared to that of private citizen diplomacy