The Palestinian Strategy Group (PSG) has just held its first workshop bringing together a group of individuals from across the spectrum of Palestinian society with the aim of exploring and promoting integrated strategic thinking. By including all the main Palestinian constituencies, the workshop broke new ground and opened further possibilities for strategic thinking. The workshop was held in Jericho in the West Bank from April 16-18th. It is partnered with the Ramallah-based Badael Centre.
Khaled Hroub, a consultant in our Middle East Programme, who is leading the project, said that participants have it made it clear that the event was a significant step-forward:
ORG managed to do something that was never done inside Palestine since the Fatah/Hamas split; that is bringing leading Palestinian leaders to talk over two days, debate, socialise and know each other's views closely.
Many participants have said that this is the first opportunity for them to meet for such a long time and to have the opportunity to discuss key issues openly. They said they explored areas of commonalities that they themselves were surprised to discover. ORG is keen to keep the momentum - working with Badael and the participants.
The workshop is a continuation of ORG’s previous work with the original Palestine Strategic Study Group, which put together the influential document 'Regaining the Initiative: Palestinian Strategic Options to End the Israeli Occupation', in August 2008.
The workshop also builds on the impact that Badael has had in its work on 'Basic Tenets of Palestinian Supreme National Interests' in November 2008 and the 'Appeal for Unity', in January 2009.