Seminar for Young Political Activists in Yeruham

In mid-April, the Geneva Initiative held a two-day seminar in the southern city of Yeruham that provided young political activists with detailed knowledge of the conflict and a toolkit to promote the two-state solution.
The seminar brought together 25 political activists and community leaders from diverse backgrounds to learn about the core issues of the conflict, possible alternatives to solve it, narratives of their counterparts, and benefits of peace. For many of the participants, one of the seminar's highlights was meeting four young Palestinians and hearing about their every-day lives and efforts to advance the two-state solution.
One of the issues participants brought up during the seminar had to do with how as time goes by the Israeli public may become less supportive of the two-state solution and more skeptical that a compromise is achievable. Some participants observed that political leaders – from the Coalition as well as from the Opposition – fear losing their support base and so tend to avoid making any moves to advance the cause of peace if they are conceived as politically risky. One participant, however, replied: as political activists, it is our responsibility to make sure that our leaders are accountable. It is our responsibility to motivate them to do what is in the best interest of the people.
This seminar was made possible through the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development.