Working with Israeli Youth

On March 28th, the Geneva Initiative's Director of Public Relations, Gilly Harpaz, spoke to a group of 18 year-olds at the Amichai preparatory program ("Mechina"), which prepares Israeli high school graduates for serving in the IDF. 
 

 

Younger Israelis and Palestinians were born into the conflict and grew up experiencing repeated rounds of violence. They have never seen real, substantive negotiations, and have no idea what a peace process looks like. That is one of the reasons that public opinion polls always find that the younger they are the less they believe a peace agreement is achievable.
 
As Israelis and Palestinians who have been working together for over a decade to advance peace, it is our duty to tell the younger generation what living in peace and security can look like, and to encourage them to imagine a more hopeful future.
 
On March 28th, the Geneva Initiative's Director of Public Relations, Gilly Harpaz, spoke to a group of 18 year-olds at the Amichai preparatory program ("Mechina"), which prepares Israeli high school graduates for serving in the IDF. She told them, "They tell you that there will always be wars and that is just how things are here in Israel. But the truth is that you deserve a better future. And it's up to you to shape this future." Let us all not only imagine, but work towards this better and more peaceful future.