Israeli-Palestinian Congress of Women

200 Israeli & Palestinian Women Negotiating Peace at the Center of Tel-Aviv

Rothschild Boulevard and the corner of Shenkin St., Tel Aviv, Israel

Over two Hundred Israeli & Palestinian women negotiated peace on the famous Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

On May 19th, two hundred Israeli & Palestinian women negotiated solutions to the conflict at the Corner of Rothschild Boulevard and Shenkin St., Tel Aviv. The negotiations are open to all and the public is welcome to join the negotiations as observers or participants. The congress was held in the presence of international observers.

This event is an important step towards the establishment of a major Israeli-Palestinian Public Negotiating Congress – a powerful peacemaking institution that will operate over a period of time. The congress is designed to involve the people in the peacemaking efforts and motivate the leadership, on both sides, to conclude agreements.

The initiative is led by Dr. Sapir Handelman – an Israeli who received the Peter Becker Award in Peace & Conflict Research. Dr. Handelman and his colleagues have successfully led 33 Israeli-Palestinian public negotiating congresses in leading universities around the US and Canada, in conference halls in Israel and the West Bank, and in central public places in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

This is the first time that only women are going to participate in the negotiating process. This is an unusual and powerful event in the Middle East. Women initiated the ‘Congress of the Women’ and they will lead it.

The congress is sponsored by the Leon Charney Resolution Center. The center was established to help different communities cope with social crises and prepare the young generation to handle conflicts by peaceful means.

The late Leon Charney played an important role in the Camp David Accords, which led to the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. Leon, who dedicated a major part of his life to back-channel diplomacy, understood that the road to peace and stability required peacemaking activities in multiple dimensions. Leon and his wife, Tzili, established the center in order encourage, develop, and initiate activities that can create the foundation for a better world.

For more information:

Galit Soffer Weinstock – Minds of Peace – 058-5578066 peace.public@gmail.com         
Yael Lotan:  03- 5667474 yael@lotanpr.com
Yahav Cohen :  052- 3392929 yahav@lotanpr.com

May 1, 2017, Press Release

more information: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/145695-170519-israeli-and-palestinian-women-hold-peace-talks-on-the-streets-of-tel-aviv

An Israeli delegation of Intellectuals and former Ambassadors submit the „Petition of 1200“

„Support for the Paris Peace Conference and Call To Recognize Palestine Now“

Tomorrow, Thursday 12.1.2017, a delegation of Israeli intellectuals and former ambassadors will meet with Helene Le Gal, Ambassador of France to Israel, in order to present a petition of support for the French initiative to  organize a Peace Conference in Paris on Sunday, January 15.

In recent days, some 1200 Israeli citizens signed that petition in support of the French Initiative.  The conference aims to provide a broad international base of support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The conference will convene on Sunday, 15 January 2017.  Foreign ministers from approximately 70 countries are expected to attend.  The conference will signal that the world expects to see an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on two states for two peoples – Israel and Palestine – that will maintain mutual relations based on peace and security.

The signatories congratulate the French Government on convening the conference, stress the critical need to renew the peace process, and call on the conference to adopt UNSC Resolution 2334 and the principles for a peace agreement laid out in Secretary of State John Kerry’s 28 December speech.

The signatories also call for the immediate end to the occupation, which is entering its 50th year; for the establishment of a sovereign, independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel; and for the acceptance of the State of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.

Furthermore, the signatories call for the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the two states and appeal to the international community to strengthen its support for Israel within the 1967 borders while, at the same time, differentiating in its dealings with Israel between the legitimate State of Israel and the settlements on occupied territory, which constitute a violation of international law and a key obstacle to peace.

Among the signatories are Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman, 20 Israel Prize laureates, five Israeli ambassadors, former Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair, former Minister Yair Zaban, and five former Members of Knesset.

Ambassador Ilan Baruch
Policy Working Group
Peace NGO Forum