J Street Policy Center Releases New Report, Recommendations on Israeli-Arab Normalization and Advancing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution

December 19, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – The J Street Policy Center today released a compendium of analysis and recommendations stemming from the group’s inaugural symposium in September 2022, which focused on “Israeli-Arab Normalization and Advancing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution.”

The symposium centered on the questions of whether and how the ongoing process of Israeli-Arab normalization can be harnessed in the service of addressing key aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and creating an environment more conducive to achieving a negotiated resolution to it. Drawing on insights from the symposium’s participants, the group’s new report includes a number of recommendations for harnessing the normalization process to create a better future for Israelis and Palestinians, including:

  • Make Palestinians a full and equal partner in the normalization process;
  • Update and recommit to the Arab Peace Initiative;
  • Leverage normalization moves by Arab states to secure benefits for Palestinians;
  • Appoint a US Special Envoy to work on normalization and linkages with the Israeli-Palestinian issue; and
  • Rebuild trust between the US, the Palestinians, and their leadership.

The full report can be found here.

“The normalization process has already produced clear benefits for Israel and the other participating countries – while largely bypassing Palestinians. Whether it can play a constructive role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains very much an open question,” said J Street’s Director of Policy Dr. Debra Shushan. “Drawing on a wide range of expert opinion, this compendium takes a thorough look at how the US and other actors could take positive steps in that direction.”