While the needs and concerns of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples are different - Israelis wish to end terror and the existential threat to Israel; Palestinians wish to end the occupation and achieve an independent Palestinian state - the vast majority on each side agrees that these goals are achievable only by reaching a two-state solution. What remains is to demonstrate to the elected leadership on each side that Israelis and Palestinians want a negotiated two state agreemeent, and overwhelmingly support immediate negotiations toward that goal. Mobilizing civil society to this effect is OneVoice's aim.
Our mission: To amplify the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward a two-state solution. The Movement works to forge consensus for conflict resolution and build a human infrastructure capable of mobilizing the people toward a negotiated, comprehensive and permanent agreement between Israel and Palestine that ends the occupation, ensures security and peace for both sides, and solves all final-status issues in accordance with international law and previous bilateral agreements. The 1967 borders form the basis for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state, with permanent borders and any modifications to be agreed upon by both parties. The Movement recognizes that violence by either side will never be a means to end the conflict.
Achieving the final status agreement is going to be a challenging and complicated process, requiring extraordinary creativity and courage. OneVoice believes in the power of the people to take part in the decision making process, demand accountability from their leaders, and create a historic change. While each side clearly has its own perspective, OneVoice is certain that there is a mutually acceptable solution that can accommodate the positions of both sides.
To implement its mission, OneVoice utilizes a four-pronged approach: recruitment, civic engagement & education, youth leadership, and mobilization. Our activities are coordinated from our regional offices in Tel Aviv and Ramallah, with international headquarters in New York and London.
Our work is designed to:
OneVoice is unique because:
We have independent Israeli & Palestinian offices appealing to the national interests of their own sides with credentials enabling them to unite people across the religious and political spectrum.
We are not a dialogue group. We recognize the essential work many other groups do in the field of dialogue and understanding; but OneVoice is action-oriented and advocacy-driven.
We are about the process and demanding accountability from ourselves and from political leaders. A peace agreement, no matter how comprehensive, will be ineffective without populations ready to support it. Our focus is on giving citizens a voice and a direct role in conflict resolution.
Recognition we’ve received: World Association of NGOs WANGO Peace & Security Award (2004); Catholic Theological Union “Blessed are the Peacemakers Award” (2004); King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Prize, awarded by the Hashemite Royal Family of Jordan (2005); Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award (2007-8); Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2008-11), UN Alliance of Civilizations Intercultural Innovation Award (2009).