- General Issues
- 2011 >
- Time to Negotiate the Northern and Southern Sectors of the Israeli-West Bank Border
- President Peres and Dr. Ashrawi: Thank You for Staying on Track
- Playing the Victim Card Will Not Bring Peace
- Negotiations By the Parties
- The World Should Help the Palestinian Hunger Striker
- ...and only afterwards move to discuss the topic of Jerusalem
- A Question of Accountability
- Israel Twisting in the Wind
- Netanyahu: Too Big for His Britches
- Netanyahu's "Israeli Comfort"
- How Shaul Mofaz Can Jump-Start the Peace Process
- Netanyahu on the Brink
- Time for Taking Stock
- Israel in Wonderland
- Whatever Happened to the Quartet?
- The Palestinians Want to Negotiate
- A Time for Hope and a Call for Restraint
- Israel Can Win in Gaza, But Not Now
- Congratulations to the New State of Palestine!
- Security and Borders: Both Required for Peace
- It Is Up to Israel to Restart Peace Negotiations
- Israel and Palestine: Changing the Terms of Agreement
- The Knesset Bill to Increase the Number of Women that Elect the Chief Rabbis Is Important for Jewish Women
- Proposal on Governance of the Holy Basin
- Time for Netanyahu to Reach Across the Aisle
- Tzipi Livni's Challenge
- Women Should Be Free to Pray at the Wailing Wall
- Proposed Highway through the Jordan Valley Will Backfire on Israel
- 2014 >
- We Should Applaud Herzog and Livni for Reclaiming Zionism
- The Next Israeli Government
- West Bank Citizenry and Receipt of Individuals of Palestinian Origin
- What Next for Israel?
- Palestinian statehood
- Mischief in the Trade Legislation would Hinder Progress
- What Next for America?
- Could American Firms Choose to Gradually Disinvest from Israel?
- Boycotting Israel is not anti-Semitism
- 2016 >
- 2017 >
- About the Authors
Legal Protections, Human Rights and the International Community
Once the negotiating parties have settled on a border or a preliminary border, all citizens of Israel and Palestine would benefit from the involvement of the international community. In particular, we envisage that constitutional lawyers and experts from around the world should be consulted to ensure that the rights of all citizens of Israel and Palestine are respected. We ask that the World Court, or even new judicial bodies, be considered to allow for what adjudication might be necessary to stir the hearts of people from resentment.
We have consistently found that by listening to the other, resentment can be digested and steered to a better locale. After all, each person either chooses or is put into the predicament to manage any resentment that is found rooted within him- or herself. Although these proposed borders cannot end resentment, they can bring about better opportunities for people to air their concerns. Such concerns can find footing in constitutional law; and such concerns can be penned into laws, provisos and agreements, in order for people to feel hope that their rights are represented.
The swift and timely involvement of constitutional law experts after the borders have been adopted will ensure legal protections and their consistent application to those citizens of Israel and Palestine who find themselves on the opposite side of the border. Their rights should be respected as much as anyone else’s. Without a view to discuss protections for “settler” rights, we cannot see the venture of peace moving forward as much as it could or should. No one wants to see people expelled from their homes, or forced into situations that they do not want or find intolerable.
A homogeneous society is not implausible, but it must be a homogeneity based upon people’s common humanity. Laws can be enshrined in the constitutions of Israel and Palestine to assure a homogeneous quality of peace between the citizens of Israel and Palestine, and between Arab and Jewish citizens within each nation. The guarantee of civil, human, religious, and familial rights is an important foundation for these two nations to stand side by side. As we have seen with the Arab Spring, the right to vote and other such individual rights cannot be assumed; they must be fought for.