On June 10, the Geneva Initiative held a Palestinian political conference in Gaza during which politicians and commentators called for success of the negotiations in order to prevent further violence in the region.
The Geneva Initiative organized a Palestinian political conference in Gaza entitled, "Indirect Negotiations and the Future of the Peace Process". Party leaders, representatives of the civil society, and journalists participated in the conference. The participants stressed the necessity and importance of reviving the peace process aiming to achieve an independent Palestinian state. Speakers discussed reasons for the deferral of the peace process, one of which is the political division of the Palestinians. They mentioned that this internal split has had a bad effect on the Palestinians' ability to coerce Israel to commit and follow through with the peace process. Speakers referred to the immediacy for reviving the Palestinian - Israeli peace process to reach a political agreement. This would consist of two states for two peoples that will live side by side in peace and security. They also spoke of the need to reach a just and comprehensive peace for all of the peoples of the region, who must be able to live within secure and recognized borders. The speakers called for the "Hamas" movement to sign the Egyptian Reconciliation Document and to answer the issues which the Palestinian leadership is confronting. The participants of the conference showed support in the PA decision to conduct indirect negotiations. Yahya Rabah said that the current negotiations being conducted alongside the American administration have the mutual fundamental goals of pressuring Israel to agree to the establishment of the Palestinian state, to end the occupation, and to stop building in the settlements. Yasri Darwish, member of the political office of the "Fida" party, also endorsed the decision to enter into indirect negotiations with Israel. He expressed support in the non-violent actions that are taking place in the West Bank, explaining that these actions have managed to gain much, creating a propaganda move to win a growing solidarity for the Palestinians worldwide. Saleem al-Hindi, the Geneva Initiative coordinator in Gaza, noted that the international community must take actions in order to guarantee that a peace initiative by the Palestinians will serve to ensure their legitimate rights. These rights should be realized in a just and agreed upon solution to the disputed issues, with the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.