Eran Feitelson is a Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A previous chair of the Department of Geography, he was head of the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government from 2004 to 2009. Currently, he is head of the new Advanced School for Environmental Studies. He has published extensively on environmental policy, transport policy, environmental planning, and water policy issues. In addition to his academic work, Eran Feitelson has participated in several national and regional planning teams in Israel and has been a member of many national committees. He has also served as chair of the Israeli Nature Reserves and National Parks Commission for ten years. He holds an MA in geography and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.
The long-playing tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict spreads ripples of antagonism across the world stage. For the sake of the people of that troubled land and the larger project of creating a civilized global future, it must be resolved. Despite the legacy of violence and enmity, a vision of two independent and cooperative states remains feasible. A new process of negotiation and cooperation can establish the political foundations and encourage the mutual trust needed for reconciliation and sustained peace. Keys to success include sound strategic-principles, appropriate external actors, and a multi-pronged action agenda along the lines proposed here.