On March 3, 2013, Mark David, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs’ Atlantic Representative, addressed the Israel/Palestinian conflict at a Halifax meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers).
The Halifax Friends are studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Friend Maida Follini noted in her invitation that “…since our national organization of Friends helps support the Friends School in Ramallah, which has been going since 1869, we hear about the Palestinian view from that source. As “bystanders” I feel it is important that we learn about the Israeli point of view.”
Mark gave a broad overview of the history of the conflict, the major issues, and the elusive peace process. He noted that the conflict will only be resolved by unconditional direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that lead to two states co-existing in peace. The Friends asked Mark a wide range of questions on subjects such as Israeli settlements, the Security Barrier and the recent elections.
When asked what the Friends could do to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict, Mark urged them to support measures that bring the two sides together and encourage mutual obligations and compromises by both sides to resolve the conflict.