JERUSALEM | One hundred Israeli and Palestinian Seeds from the 2005-2007 Camp years gathered at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam from October 19-20, 2007. The Seeds participated in a role-playing simulation that looked ahead to the international Middle East peace conference held in Annapolis.
Dr. Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator for the PLO and a member of Seeds of Peace’s Advisory Board, opened the conference with a talk on the challenges of the current negotiations and a question and answer session with the Seeds.
Graduate Seeds trained as facilitators conducted the Seeds’ discussions in six working groups on final status issues like borders, Jerusalem, refugees, and security. The object was to give the Seeds a feeling for negotiation dynamics and to provide a forum for them to discuss their hopes for Annapolis.