Inception of OneVoice
Citizen Negotiations, Building a Grassroots Network
What Are You Willing to Do?
One Million Voices to End the Conflict
Enough is Enough
Saying What Needs to Be Said
Building Grassroots Support and Connecting with Political Leadership
The spring of 2002 was a time of hopelessness in the Middle East. The Camp David peace process had collapsed and the violence was escalating. Each day brought news of more violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Like everyone else with ties to the region, Daniel Lubetzky was frustrated and disheartened. His company, PeaceWorks, had been founded on the principle that economic cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians would result in stronger relations, but now it seemed that his ultimate goal – an end to the conflict, the occupation, and violence in all forms – was further away than ever.
Through his interactions with contacts in the region, however, Lubetzky realized that there was hope yet. Despite the ongoing violence, the vast majority of his Israeli and Palestinian friends and business partners recognized the right of the other side to independence, sovereignty, and justice.
As Lubetzky saw it, the moderate majority in the Middle East lacked a viable forum to express its views. To address this problem, Lubetzky, together with several Palestinian and Israeli business colleagues, launched OneVoice to amplify the voice of moderates who wish for peace and prosperity, empowering them to demand that their leaders work immediately and continuously to achieve a two-state agreement, guaranteeing the establishment of a viable Independent Palestinian state at peace with Israel.