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An Opportunity to Make a Difference

Click the image to read the essay that lays the foundation for the Middle East Peace Network.

If you pray for the eradication of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the affirmation of peace through understanding and communication…

If you believe that peace is not only possible, but its pursuit is a choice we ought to make…

If you desire, regardless of your personal political views, to see the peoples of the Middle East enjoy the blessings of peace…

If you want to participate in formulating and furthering a new strategy for peace in the Middle East…

If you feel the goal of peace is the right and responsibility of every citizen, not just of governments…

If you embrace the popular motto, “let there be peace, and let it begin with me”…

If you live by the famous saying, “I dream of things that never were and ask why not”…

If you are interested in discovering what the Middle East Peace Network is all about START YOUR JOURNEY here.


  • Sep 22

    Happy New Year

      As we inaugurate the Jewish New Year, in the face of deepening political disorder and intensifying sectarian and nationalist conflicts across the Middle East, we must rededicate ourselves to building networks of communication and bridges of understanding across the conflict divides. The network is a tool of transformation. It is the strategy by which […]

  • Aug 27

    Killing Children in Israeli-Palestinian Violence: The Forgotten Moral Lesson

    My new book, Where Islam and Judaism Join Together: A Perspective on Reconciliation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), was ironically published just as the new cycle of bloodshed erupted in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The violence began when three Jewish teenagers in the West Bank were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian militants. Shortly after, […]

  • Jul 31

    Israelis and Palestinians: “Keep the Hope for Peace Alive!”

    Now three weeks into the deadly fighting between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group in Gaza, can anyone see some hope for peace?  In the past decade, Israel and Hamas have fought many battles and skirmishes, all having resulted in the death of countless civilians, shaky ceasefires and preparations for the next round of […]

  • Jun 23

    A Man on a Mission: Advancing the Path to Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

    I am writing this piece just as a new cycle of violence has erupted between Israelis and Palestinians. Based on media footage, the Israeli military is searching for three Jewish teenagers who have gone missing in the West Bank and are feared to have been kidnapped by Palestinian militants. Once again, a terrible event leads […]

  • Sep 22

    Happy New Year

      As we inaugurate the Jewish New Year, in the face of deepening political disorder and intensifying sectarian and nationalist conflicts across the Middle East, we must rededicate ourselves to building networks of communication and bridges of understanding across the conflict divides. The network is a tool of transformation. It is the strategy by which […]

  • Aug 27

    Killing Children in Israeli-Palestinian Violence: The Forgotten Moral Lesson

    My new book, Where Islam and Judaism Join Together: A Perspective on Reconciliation (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), was ironically published just as the new cycle of bloodshed erupted in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The violence began when three Jewish teenagers in the West Bank were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinian militants. Shortly after, […]

  • Jun 23

    A Man on a Mission: Advancing the Path to Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

    I am writing this piece just as a new cycle of violence has erupted between Israelis and Palestinians. Based on media footage, the Israeli military is searching for three Jewish teenagers who have gone missing in the West Bank and are feared to have been kidnapped by Palestinian militants. Once again, a terrible event leads […]

  • May 28

    Jews and Muslims Can Come Together: A New Book by Dr. Shai Har-El

    Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am pleased to announce the publication by Palgrave and MacMillan of my new book, Where Islam and Judaism Join Together: A Perspective on Reconciliation, this summer. The book appears at a time when world attention is focused on the seemingly unfolding clash between Islam and the West as civilizations. There […]

  • Jan 27

    THANK YOU!

    “Peace is not a matter of prizes or trophies. It is not the product of a victory or command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, [and] no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions by many people in many countries. It is an attitude, a way […]

  • Jul 20

    Join the Middle East Peace Network (MEPN)

    At a time when the sand dunes of the Middle East are shifting rapidly and a new political order is slowly emerging over the ruins of old repressive regimes, I invite you to join the MEPN and support its “one handshake at a time” initiative. This moment of many challenges facing the countries of the […]

  • Jun 16

    Israelis and Palestinians Need Visionary Leaders

    We need to distinguish between visionary leaders, who are desperately needed as drivers of change in the Middle East, and traditional politicians who populate all levels of government and typically serve as barriers to change. Visionary leaders focus on the future and the exciting opportunities it offers. They know the way, guide the way, and […]

  • Apr 1

    Jewish-Muslim Understanding: A Matter of Education

    In the face of growing concern over home-grown Islamic terrorism, marked by the recent disturbing congressional hearing into “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community” and the CNN documentary “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door,” I was not surprised to be invited to give a talk at Solomon Schechter Middle School in Northbrook, Illinois. […]

We can no longer afford...

...to wait for states and governments to achieve a lasting settlement of their conflicts on their own.

Responsibility lies equally with private citizens, who together are the beneficiaries of peace and the victims of its absence, to participate in peacebuilding and peacemaking.

Responsibility lies especially with those who live at peace to contribute to other societies that desperately need it.

--Dr. Shai Har El

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