In May 2004, discussions were held with a group of Israelis, Palestinians and international officials and experts to address the aspects of third party involvement during the period of Israeli withdrawal from Palestinean territory. The following report is a reflection of the issues discussed and incorporates many of the ideas contributed by the participants. It identifies current strategic aspects on an Israeli withdrawal; describes the operating environment for a third party; outlines the potential nature of international involvement in the border regime, in Palestinian governance and in the transfer of asset in the Gaza Strip; and concludes with general planning factors and considerations.
On 25-26 April 2003—the eve of the formation of a new Palestinian government and the presentation to the parties of the Quartet “Roadmap”—a group of international officials, Israelis and Palestinians convened to address operational aspects of third party intervention in the current conflict. Convened by Yezid Sayigh and Jarat Chopra, this “Experts’ Forum” was hosted [...]