Shaul Arieli was the head of the Negotiating Administration in former Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s office. He is a member of the board of the Council for Peace and Security and one of the initiators of the Geneva Initiative. Arieli was one of the signatories to a letter sent by a group of Israeli security figures, academics, and intellectuals to the prime minister, defense minister and foreign minister after the Lebanese war, calling upon them to pursue negotiations now.
A leadership that lacks the national responsibility necessary to resettle less than 1.5%
of the Jewish population in the Land of Israel/Palestine would not be able to cope with
the far greater challenges involved in realizing the idea of a federation or confederation.