On Friday March 17th, students from the Leon Charney Resolution Center at the EMIS International School joined world-renowned peace facilitator Dr. Sapir Handelman at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Working around forty tables set up in the square, Dr. Handelman helped guide passionate negotiators to come up with solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Several students from the Leon Charney Resolution Center at the EMIS International School also participated in the 1,000 strong negotiations – just a few weeks after Dr. Handelman led the students in their first ever peace talk simulation at the Charney Resolution Center on March 1st and 2nd. Dr. Handelman and Minds of Peace have successfully led 32 Israeli-Palestinian public negotiating congresses all around the world, but Friday’s congress is one of the largest ever done. “Without the involvement of the people, making peace will not happen,” Dr. Handelman said.
The Peace Talk Simulation that Dr. Handelman facilitated at the Leon Charney Resolution Center was the first completed on the EMIS campus. Students held negotiations for two days to come up with a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and create a dialogue on a number of issues surrounding the conflict, including checkpoints, Gaza, and Jerusalem.