During these days of crisis IPCRI continues to work diligently in pursuit of opportunities to get the sides back to mutual understanding and respect. IPCRI believes that the sides must resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiations.

Just a few months ago, we were nearer to a peace agreement than ever before. We still believe that there is a tiny window of opportunity that remains open. We call to immediately stop the bloodshed.

Palestinians and Israelis will continue to live in this land. No one will succeed in bringing the other to their knees - we must find the way to live together in peace. We must not lose hope that this is possible. Every Palestinian and every Israeli should express the desire to live for this beloved land.

IPCRI will continue to work for peace. The office of IPCRI remains open during this time and remains a place where Palestinians and Israelis continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder for peace, dignity and understanding.

IPCRI After the Beginning of the Intifada

Israel and the Palestinians have seemed to miss another opportunity for peace.  The Oslo peace process now belongs to history.  The majority of the Israeli and Palestinian publics support military acts by their own side against the other. Almost no one believes that peace is possible.  Most Israelis and Palestinians believe that there is no partner for peace on the other side.

What can and what should an Israeli-Palestinian peace organization do today?
What is our mandate?

IPCRI is a joint Israeli-Palestinian think-tank that was founded before there was a peace process.  IPCRI has always worked ahead of the “camp” attempting to set the agenda and to move the process of peacemaking forward.  IPCRI’s main task has not changed:

IPCRI still believes that there must be peace between the people of Israel and the People of Palestine.
  • IPCRI believes that a peace treaty must be signed between the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.
  • IPCRI believes that peace agreements must be reached between the sides through negotiations.
  • IPCRI believes that international law and United Nations Resolutions as already agreed upon between the sides serve as the basis for negotiations and peace agreements between the sides.
  • IPCRI believes that the people of Israel and the people of Palestine should reach out to each other to create peace between themselves through people-to-people dialogues and coopeative activities.
  • IPCRI believes that leaders must lead and not follow.  IPCRI believes that the leaders of the region have to overcome their differences and return to the negotiating table to resolve all outstanding issues between them.
  • IPCRI believes that peace can only exist through cooperation between the sides.  One-sided unilateral steps taken by either side will not help the process.
  • IPCRI condemns the use of violence by anyone.

According to these principles IPCRI will continue to undertake the following:

  • Educate towards peace.
  • Organize, facilitate, run joint meetings of Israelis and Palestinians in every forum possible.
  • Propose solutions and alternative policies to the decision makers on both sides aimed at making peace.
  • Mediate disputes, environmental and others.
  • Bring Israelis and Palestinians together to think together in sane, rationale and safe forums.