Voting in the Midst of Violence
Dear Friends,

Though Israel's election results indicate the return of a right-wing government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, the outcome of the November 1 vote is not included in the current TSI for October. With significant gains by far-right parties threatening to further diminish the diplomatic horizon for peace, it is more important than ever that the international community actively reaffirm its position that a two-state solution is the only way to ensure security, prosperity, and peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The Two State Index fell -0.70% in October to 5.68. Click on the headlines below for in-depth analysis on how developments this month impacted the feasibility of the two-state solution and keep an eye out for next month’s TSI for analysis on final election results.



October at a Glance:

  • Surge in West Bank Violence Reflects Palestinian Frustration, Hopelessness at Lack of Diplomatic Progress: "Anyone who views the solution for reducing West Bank violence only through the scope of a rifle does not fully understand the conflict,” says Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ilan Paz, former Head of the West Bank Civil Administration.

  • Settler Attacks Target Both Palestinians and Israelis as Far-Right Wields Violence for Political Influence: “The surge in violent attacks against Palestinian civilians and property is not only morally wrong, but it creates a real security risk for Israel,” says Israeli activist Yariv Oppenheimer. 

  • Other Developments: Israeli Restrictions on Foreigner Visits to West Bank Take Effect; US National Security Strategy Elevates Mideast Peace, Two-State Solution; UN Report says Israel 'persecutes' Palestinians; and Australia walks back recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

These events decreased the Two State Index by -0.70% in October (down 0.1 point from 5.73 to 5.68)