MARCH NEWSLETTER
40th Anniversary of Camp David


March 26, 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the momentous peace treaty concluded between Israel and Egypt in 1979 known as the Camp David Accords. The accords were signed by President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in September of 1978 and have been upheld to this day.
 
On his visit to Israel in 1977, Egyptian President Sadat said, There are moments in the lives of nations and people when it is incumbent on those known for their wisdom and clarity of vision to overlook the past, with all its complexities and weighing memories, in a bold drive toward new horizons.”
 
Leon Charney played a vital role acting as a back-door channel between the United States and Israel during the accords. President Carter hails Charney as an “unsung hero” for his integral role in the negotiations and has stated that “very few people have played as significant a role” in bringing them to fruition.  
 
We at the Leon Charney Resolution Center are following the spirit of the Camp David Accords and are dedicated to establishing an open dialogue between young Israelis and Palestinians to provide them with the building blocks towards peace.

Prime Minister Menachem Begin, President Jimmy Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat

Prime Minister Menachem Begin, President Jimmy Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat

Leon Charney, Defense Minister Ezer Weizman and President Jimmy Carter

Leon Charney, Defense Minister Ezer Weizman and President Jimmy Carter

Third Annual CRC EMIS Peace Talks Simulation Video

This video depicts the EMIS Peace Talk Simulations, which are the heart of the Leon Charney Resolution Center’s mission. EMIS’ simulations follow the model of the Camp David Peace Accords.

CRC @ EMIS Peace Talks Simulation Video

Haifa University Peace Talks Simulation

The University of Haifa hosted the first and largest Israeli-Palestinian student congress ever held in the region in partnership with the Leon Charney Resolution Center. Some 150 Israeli and Palestinian university and high school students gathered on campus throughout the week of February 25, 2019 to negotiate peaceful solutions to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. They were greeted by President Ron Robin, Prof. Gad Barzilai, Vice Provost, the Head of the International School, Prof. Jenny Kurman, and the Dean of Students. Students conducted negotiation role-play simulations to build mutual trust and come up with creative solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Sapir Handelman, winner of the prestigious Peter Baker Prize for Peace and Conflict Research, led the discussions. The event was initiated by longstanding University Supporter, Vice Chairman of its Board of Governors, and founder of the Leon Charney Resolution Center Tzili Charney. The Center aims to motivate individuals, especially the next generation, to pursue peaceful solutions by providing training in the art of negotiation and mediation. The student congress was held in cooperation with the “Minds of Peace” foundation. 
 
Read more about it in the Jerusalem Post HERE

View the coverage of the Haifa Peace Talks Simulation

L-R: The Simulation Facilitator Saphir Handelman, Leon Charney Resolution Center Founder Tzili Charney, Haifa University President Ron Robin

L-R: The Simulation Facilitator Saphir Handelman, Leon Charney Resolution Center Founder Tzili Charney, Haifa University President Ron Robin

March 1st, Music Jam Event in Tel Aviv

On Friday, March 1st the Leon Charney Resolution Center along with the “Minds of Peace” foundation constructed an Israeli-Palestinian musical jam session hosted by the Ozen Bar in Tel-Aviv. The first performance was by the Wast A-Tarek ("Mid-Way") Band. They are an Israeli-Palestinian ensemble established in 2011, which combines Hebrew and Arabic music. The group is comprised of musicians from East and West Jerusalem, whose goal is to convey a message of peace and to promote understanding and dialogue among the nations through music. The ensemble combines traditional Arabic music with classical Hebrew songs alongside an original composition by the musicians.
 
The second band was an ensemble from the West Bank. After both bands performed, there was a combined jam session between the bands and people from the audience who wished to participate and play improvised music together.

Tzili Charney presenting the performances

Tzili Charney presenting the performances

Aharai! (Follow Me)

On February 26th and February 28th, two graduating ceremonies of two groups formulated by the “Aharai (Follow Me)” association and sponsored by the Leon Charney Resolution Center took place. One ceremony was in the City of Lod and the other in Jerusalem. “Aharai!” is a social and educational association engaged in developing young leadership, as well as encouraging social involvement among youth and young adults. Students participate in a year- long program full of educational activities, which connect the participants to milestones of Israeli society. The organization instills in its school-aged members a feeling of success while encouraging them to integrate as contributing citizens in Israeli society. The group in Lod went on a three-day hiking trek from Jerusalem to Lod, only to arrive straight into the auditorium in which their parents and loved ones awaited them with proud and open arms. CRC is happy to support the young students of such an organization, which promotes communication, social involvement and change, just as our mission brings people together in order to make change and peace.

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March 8th: The Open University’s Forum on Governance, Strategy, and Israel's Security Policy with Former commander of the Israel Air Force
Eitan Ben-Eliyahu at the Tel Aviv Museum

Description of the Course: The involvement of the superpowers in the Middle East, regional reforms and the wave of global nationalism, air supremacy, internal politics, nuclear technology, and cyber. Each issue separately and all together constitute the national security. Proper integration, balance, and optimization are the name of the game.

“It is important for us that the students keep an open dialogue with each other… It is important for us that they know that we trust them… It is important to us that they know that they are a significant part of our existing discussions… That they are a significant part of the society that is emerging from their point of view… That we’re listening to them and that we trust them to take responsibility as civilians and later on as leaders or as trailblazers that will break out of this situation”.  – Tzili Charney

Eitan Ben-Eliyahu Maj. Gen. (Res.), Former commander of the Israel Air Force and Tzili Charney

Eitan Ben-Eliyahu Maj. Gen. (Res.), Former commander of the Israel Air Force and Tzili Charney

March 29th- Women Wage Peace Event

The Project Coordinator of the CRC (Charney Resolution Center) Ambassador’s Program Ophyr Hanan participated in a panel organized by EMIS and the non-government organization “Women Wage Peace” that took place in the Green Village (HaKfar HaYarok) on March 29th. The panel of women (Adina Bar Shalom, Shlomit  Bukia, Lilach Tzur Ben Moshe, Lily Weisberger, Mana’ar Abu Dachal and Maayan Agmon) sat alongside Dr. Arun Ghandi, socio-political activist and grandson of the legendary leader of peace, Mahatma Ghandi and discussed their ideas for creating a more peaceful world. Dr. Ghandi explained about the years in which he lived in his grandfather’s ashram in South Africa and studied Mahatma’s ways of generating peace, being attentive to acts of passive and direct violence, and evaluated his grandfather’s ways of promoting change and educating people through acts of non-violence. He then mentioned that you need to bring principles into politics and that real change comes from the young and cannot be imposed on by people who are somehow in power.

He spoke of penance instead of punishment and of not keeping anger inside us but rather letting it go by expressing it (through writing or through speech). The women that participated in the panel are all leaders in promoting change in the region of Israel. Whether through politics, the art of creative writing, or the education of women and the involvement of them in schools. Ophyr then spoke of her goals for the future, her aspirations to bring people together through ways of direct communication and celebrating differences rather than fighting to control them. She also expressed the goals of the ambassador program and how she thinks that by building a network of leaders from around the world, it makes her hopeful towards bringing changes in perspectives and peace.

“Today was a truly moving experience… To have the opportunity to engage in an eye to eye conversation with such an inspiring leader, with such a motivating story, only made my passion and drive for making peace a reality.” – Ophyr 


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