Right and left wing labels and slogans just don’t cut it when it comes to talking about Israel. The recent discourse on Israel has turned poisonous in Jewish communities across the globe. At Perspectives Israel we believe that it is time to shift the conversation. We do so by making possible a new conversation on Israel that focuses on the issues and especially the people whose lives are entwined with the [Arab-Israeli / Israeli-Palestinian] conflict.
During a Perspectives study tour participants interact and engage with a variety of voices. Participants see how the conflict touches the lives of the people they meet, how those people want to manage or solve the conflict, how in their view they are working to make a positive difference, and how they weigh Jewish values and ethics within their own perspectives. Participants will interact and engage with peace activists in Sderot, former Gush Katif residents living in caravans in Nitzan, IDF veterans who founded Peace Now, Hesder Yeshiva students and many more.
Perspectives does not attempt to impart a specific message or agenda, rather it explores the human mosaic on the Jewish-Israeli side in a way that emphasizes the human dimensions and the stories of the people we meet. We believe that our participants, through exposure to a multitude of voices, will be better positioned to understand other views on the conflict while developing their own; allowing them to engage constructively with the nuances and complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict upon their return home.
Perspectives represents an essential platform for emerging Jewish leaders to obtain firsthand knowledge and exposure and then to have a loving, open, respectful and critically thinking conversation about Israel.