Typology of Issues for Negotiation

This concept refers to the typology of subjects on the agenda leading up to and during negotiations on the Permanent Status Agreement.

Definition

The concept of Typology of Issues for Negotiation refers to the typology of subjects on the agenda leading up to and during negotiations on the Permanent Status Agreement between the State of Israel and the Palestinians.

Background

Typology is defined as “study of or analysis or classification based on types or categories”.1 Thus, in the context of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the concept of Typology of Issues for Negotiation (hereinafter "typology") looks to classify the issues for negotiation on the Permanent Status Agreement between the State of Israel and the Palestinians.

Two possible typologies exist:

  1. Traditional typology – which has directed the negotiations on the Palestinian issue from before the War of Independence in 1948. The logic underlying this typology is a comprehensive solution for the historical conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
  2. Forward-facing typology – The logic underlying this typology is the creation of a stable reality of state-to-state relations between the State of Israel and the future Palestinian state in Permanent Status, meaning a typology that is future oriented. This typology has been developed at the Re’ut Institute.

Traditional Typology

Traditional typology of issues for negotiation identifies about six core subjects that have been discussed both officially and unofficially over the years: Jerusalem and holy sites (the Holy Area, Tomb of the Patriarchs, Rachel’s Tomb, etc.); territory and borders (including the issue of the settlements);



1 Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary see here.