Israel has launched a new benchmark to gauge whether it is ready to move ahead with a two-state solution.
The new test, which is being carried out by the Peace and Security Committee of the Knesset, will determine whether the country has reached a tipping point, said Yaakov Peri, chairman of the committee.
Israel’s Peace and Peace Council, which met Monday to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East, approved the plan, Peri said.
It is intended to gauge the readiness of the country to negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinians and to determine whether it has moved into the second phase of the process, he said.
The committee will hold the test on December 1, the third anniversary of the beginning of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The first test was conducted in 2015.
It measured the impact of the collapse of the Gaza strip on Israeli civilians and was designed to gauge Israel’s willingness to accept the establishment of a Palestinian state, according to a statement from the committee’s chair, MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli.
During the 2016 test, Israelis and Palestinians participated in mock talks and conducted various tests, including the collapse and rebuilding of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
On Sunday, the committee announced that it would hold another round of test-talks on December 9.
The second test, scheduled for December 13, will be conducted by the Israeli Air Force, the defense minister said, speaking after the committee met.
The announcement was met with praise from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who said he welcomed the decision.
Abbas also said he hoped the results of the tests would be shared with the United States, which he has said he considers a friend of Israel.
The Palestinians and Israel have not officially announced the date of the next test, but Peri indicated it could be held later this month or later in the year.
The test was announced by the committee after it passed the first round of negotiations in September 2015.
During those talks, Netanyahu’s government struck a deal with Palestinians that included a halt to building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the settlements of Maale Adumim and Efrat, and the demilitarization of Jerusalem, according the official Israel Radio report.
During a speech in the Israeli parliament in January, Abbas called for a Palestinian victory in the second stage of the negotiations, which would allow the establishment to start the process of settling the future of the West Jerusalem settlements.
Palestinians have said they want the capital of their future state in East Jerusalem to be in the city that they captured from Israel in 1967.
The peace process has been fraught with tensions.
In June, Israeli forces fired live ammunition at Palestinians protesting against the government’s plans to build a wall along the northern West Bank, killing six Palestinians and wounding dozens more.
In July, Israeli troops raided a Palestinian house in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two women and injuring several others.
A week later, Israeli police arrested dozens of Palestinians and detained dozens more, including two American students.
On November 4, a Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli police in the central West Bank.
During this time, the Israeli government has imposed restrictions on Palestinians and blocked international aid to the Palestinians.
The latest round of talks in Geneva last month, which ended in failure, began when the Palestinians reached an agreement on the final status of the occupied territories.
The United States has called on Israel to resume direct negotiations with the PLO, but so far has not taken a firm position on whether Israel should accept its future.
Israel and the Palestinians have long argued that any peace deal must include the establishment and sovereignty of an independent Palestinian state.
The two sides have yet to agree on a specific framework for a future Palestinian state or whether it would include East Jerusalem as its capital.
In March, Abbas and Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman signed a deal on how to implement the deal.
On Monday, Netanyahu announced the creation of a committee to oversee the peace process, which will also include representatives of the Arab states.
The government is also expected to announce a new peace plan for Jerusalem in the coming weeks.
This article has been updated.