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“Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?” is an initiative that offers a new perspective on solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through inspiring lectures and events.

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At the end of April 2018 our first event was held, with an audience of thousands of Israelis. Since then we had dozens of events around the country that featured real solutions, ideas and ways of thought.
Have you ever wondered how other conflicts around the world were solved?
Have you heard that there are hormones that have an actual effect on the conflict, and the conflict affects them?
Did you know that an Israeli woman is responsible for establishing Palestinian High-Tech?
Did you ever think one app can change reality?
Do you know the real motives behind our conflict?
Have you seen the horizon lately? Come and be inspired, and load up on some hope, join us in hearing our fascinating lecturers tell us everything we didn’t know about the conflict, and how things can be very different around here.

Our 2019 Lectures:

From Ireland with Love

Itai Anghel
Journalist and staff reporter for Uvda. Lectures on conflicts zones.

There’s an age-old conflict in Northern Ireland, between the Catholics and Protestants. Bono wrote songs about it; movies were made about it; it’s a conflict about religion, history, settlers and the big question- “who’s land is it?”. Sounds familiar? Maybe. But unlike the Mid-East, Ireland recently celebrated 20 years of peace.

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Anghel, winner of the Sokolov Award for journalism, has been covering conflict zones for about 30 years. He will tell us about how the Irish succeeded where we didn’t, how we differ from their story, and what we can possibly learn from them.

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There is madness in logic

Prof. Dan Ariely
Behavioral Economist

We are accustomed to thinking that ideologies or land disputes are the real issues behind the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, but what if we are completely wrong?
Prof. Dan Arieli, the “Rock Star” of behavioral economy and one of the most famous lecturers worldwide, will talk about the irrational processes that influence political issues.

Go to Gaza

Francesca Borri
Is an Italian journalist that won global recognition for her reporting on the middle east. She gave the key-note speech in the Nobel Prize ceremony.

What to Hamas leaders do when the power goes back on? “they all rushed to charge their phone, of course.” Says Francesca Borri, who recently interviewed the head of Hamas in Gaza, for his first ever interview to Israeli media.

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Borri is one of the few from western media to ever get access to Islamist leaders around the globe. And she is here to tell us the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah, and how you can see the horizon from Gaza

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Who Asked You?

Dr. Uriel Abulof
Dept. of Political Science, Tel-Aviv University, LISD/Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Specializes in the politics of emotion, nationalism, and social movements.

Is peace a trickle-down kind of process, or a grassroot operation? International lecturer Dr. Abulof, whose lecture series (edX HOPE) was 2018 most popular online class, will tell us which of these options has the best shot at succeeding.

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Studying political violence in the mid-east he knows the history and politics of both sides, and will also present “the referendum”. A simple, feasible plan that can put the region on a course to peace within a year.

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David and Goliath

Prof. Nurit Shnabel
Social psychology dpt. Tel-Aviv University. Specializes in conflict resolution research.

people say, “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. What is beautiful to you, may be considered ugly in someone else’s eyes. Studies in psychology show that the same applies to evil, that might be in the eyes of the beholder too. What seems morally acceptable for one, might be immoral to another.

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This is evident especially in conflicts, where each side is more sensitive to their own suffering and not the suffering they cause. Through a set of experiments in many countries Prof. Shnabel figured out what are the psychological needs of each side in an asymmetric conflict, and how addressing these needs can promote real peace.

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So, is there a Partner for Peace?

Dr. Khalil Shikaki
Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research

We’re glad to introduce the Palestinian Mina Tzemach! Well, perhaps more like Camil Fuchs…
As senior pollster in the Palestinian authority, Dr. Shikaki has a broad perspective of Palestinian society, and he knows it better than most. Young and old, cities folks or villages, shepherds and university graduates. He knows about their aspirations, their fears and their dreams, both those in the west bank and Gaza.

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He will show us who are the Palestinians of 2019, what they strive for and if, behind the wall, there are true partners for peace.

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Start-Up Nations

Zika Abzuk
Senior Manager, Business Development, Cisco.

Can we bring down walls through technology? Connect Ramallah to Tel Aviv, to Silicon Valley and to the rest of the world?
A pioneer in Palestinian high-tech, Abzuk says yes, we can.
This industry grew exponentially in the last decade, and in her lecture Abzuk will tell us about the amazing similarities between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Same innovation, same sense of humour. And she’ll also speak about what needs to be done to make High-Tech a motivation for reconciliation between both nations.

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Hal Shuftu Alufek Muacharn?

Gilad Sevitt
Founder and Professional Director of “Madrasa” an organization that offers a unique free platform in Hebrew for learning spoken Arabic.

if you don’t know what this headline says, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re the 99% of Israelis that don’t speak even basic Arabic.
Some might be afraid of it. Years of hostility and a disconnect between peoples, take their toll. If you want to get close to someone you have to learn to communicate.

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Gilad Sevitt will tell us about his project that offers thousands of Israelis the chance to learn spoken Arabic- through online classes, meet-ups and social media, and it’s all for free!
BTW, that headline from before? It means “Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?”

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30$ Per Citizen

Huda Abuarquob
Regional Director of ALLMEP (Alliance for Middle East Peace)

Most national conflicts are like one another. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict reminds us if the conflict in Northern Ireland, where nationality, religion and the fight for independence were all thrown into the mix.
Ireland suffered from an occupying army, as well as murderous terror groups. But unlike the Mid-East, they recently celebrated 20 years for the peace accords.

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Abu Arqoub will tell us about the main differences between Ireland and Israel (hint- it has to do with the difference between 3$ to 30$) and the fascinating vision of ALLMEP to achieve these goals.

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