(Photo: Ifat Golan)

(Photo: Ifat Golan)

By Lidar Grave-Lazi - February 26, 2018

Originally appeared here in The Jerusalem Post

Students at the Eastern Mediterranean International Boarding School (EMIS) have achieved what senior global diplomats have repeatedly failed to accomplish: a peace agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

More than 70 Israeli and Palestinian 11th graders, together with students from 17 countries at EMIS, reached the peace agreement last week in a 24-hour simulation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The peace-talks simulation was the culmination of a course in peace mediation and conflict resolution that the students have taken over the past few months. It was hosted by the Leon Charney Resolution Center, which is located on the school’s campus.

“This program creates a platform for the students to experience the process of peace-making, to give them the tools of understanding and negotiating. It is an opportunity to empower themselves, to make a difference in their own lives, wherever their lives take them in the future,” said Tzili Charney, wife of the late Leon Charney and the founder of the center.

EMIS is an international high school program that was established in 2014 in Hakfar-Hayarok on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. The school fosters international and intercultural understanding and promotes personal and social leadership through a shared two-year pre-university education and boarding experience. Read More