• The Vayigash Movement
    Advancing a true peace process in the Middle East

First Step

Understanding the Conflict

vayigash peace signThe real conflict in the Middle East is whether this will be a region where human life and peace are valued for their own sakes or one where people are taught to hate and murder under the guise of religion and nation. Until peace and human life are widely valued, formal peace agreements are unlikely to be implemented and even less likely to be maintained. But when love of peace and life are the norm, even deep-seated disagreements are unlikely to receive violent expression. Read More

Many regional actors, including Hamas, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iran and Hezbollah, understand the nature of the conflict and are working hard to win. Israel, sadly, has yet to even show up for this battle of ideas.

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Second Step

Understanding our Role in the Conflict

vayigash dove sign of peaceOur very raison d’etre as a nation is to facilitate improved spirituality and moral behavior of all peoples. Read More

However, many Israelis are currently being educated to be indifferent to the moral behavior of Arabs and Muslims. Our failure thus far to own our essence is not only a squandering of a long-awaited opportunity, but it is contributing to a sense of confusion, polarization and despair in an Israeli society that is no longer sure what we are doing here.

Much of the world intuitively understands what we have recently been working hard to repress: that the reemergence of a sovereign Israel should bring moral benefit to the whole world.

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Third Step

From New Mindset to Tangible Peace

There are two major ways in which widespread Israeli internalization of our essence can eventually lead to real peace in the region.

The change in mindset will direct creative energy towards finding many diverse ways of positively influencing the attitudes of our fellow Middle-Easterners. Read More

As emphasized in our religious tradition, prayers, tears and feelings can have considerable cosmic influence in their own right.

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PRAYERS FOR PEACE

May we merit forming a bond with the souls of every nation, connecting them to their roots. May all of our enemies repent and become our friends. (This prayer is based on a kvittel attributed to the Baal Shem Tov from the eve of Rosh Hashanah 1756....
Hashem - please open the eyes and hearts of our neighbours in this land to make good choices instead of evil ones, to desire peaceful solutions in place of violence, to feel love instead of hate, choose life over death. We know from the story of...
Master of the Universe, Who makes peace in the upper echelons, Although we are not authorized to establish prayers, we can no longer look at the slaughter which is taking place in your world and not pray. Although we know that both sides in the war...

Israeli Society

PMW Continues to Counteract Incitement by PA

On May 8 th Israeli newspapers published a report by “Palestinian Media Watch” that the Palestinian Authority is seeking to conceal its payments to...

Digital Demonstration against the Murder of Women

On March 22, during the Coronavirus closures, more than a thousand people participated in a virtual demonstration against “the virus of the killing...

Prayer for the Welfare of the Chinese People

Hundreds of Jews, undeterred by heavy rains, congregated at the Western Wall on February 16 th to pray for an end to the spread of the Corona virus...

Netanyahu Claims: No More Indifference to Crime in Arab Villages

While visiting the site of the Dizengoff Street terror shooting perpetrated by Arara resident Nashat Milhem, Prime Minister Netanyahu said on...

The curious Israeli half-battle against ‘Palestinian incitement’

Netanyahu warns repeatedly that Palestinian children being taught to hate Israel ‘lays the groundwork’ for continued terrorism. Therefore, some...

Religious Zionist Rabbi Uri Chorki writes of Israel’s sin of neglecting the religious needs of gentile nations.

Religious Zionist Rabbi Uri Chorki writes of Israel’s sin of neglecting the religious needs of gentile nations. Read Article in Tzohar (Hebrew)

Chabad Rabbi: Pray for Enemies to Live and Become Your Friends

Senior Chabad Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, basing himself on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson,writes that we should not pray for...

Bin'e Residents After Double Murder: Where Are Police?

After the murder of a fifty year old man and his twenty-five year old son as they sat in their car on September 17th, residents of the Galilee...

Mother of Five from Shefaram Arrested On Way to Joining ISIS

Iman Kanji, a mother of five from Shefaram in the Galilee, was indicted on September 20th after she attempted to join up with ISIS in Syria. Kanji...

Anett Haskia: MK from "Jewish Home" Party?

Anett Haskia, an Arab Muslim, hopes to represent the "Jewish Home" party in the next Knesset. Haskia, who defines herself as an Israeli Zionist, is...

Ya'alon: Palestinian Education System Preventing Real Peace

While Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tied the recent fatal terror attack at a Jerusalm light rail station to inciteful statements by PA Chairman...

Western Countries Are Funding the Incubators of Terrorism

MK Yoni Chetboun, panel of experts claim that UNRWA has a direct hand in Palestinian Arab incitement against Israel. Specific Israelis take active...

Short Term Anti-Incitement Campaign Pays Off

Short-Term Anti-Incitement Campaign Pays Off Pursuing Peace Means Fighting Incitement By Reuven Resnick The horrific attack on worshippers at a West...

We Won the Battle. How Do We Win the War?

Hamas’ muted response to last week’s announcement that Egypt was postponing the post-war ceasefire talks was yet another reminder that Hamas not...

Scores of Israeli Arabs Have Joined ISIS in Syria or Iraq

Approximately 20-30 Israeli Arabs are now counted among the thousands of young Muslims from over 80 countries who have joined the ranks of ISIS in...

Local Arab Leaders: Israel Ignoring Crime Plague in Our Villages

On September 21st Arab-Israeli leaders, in a demonstration in Jerusalem, demanded that Israeli society stop neglecting the issue of crime in Arab...

Middle East & The World

Syrian Journalist: We Must Stop Sanctifying Death

Syrian journalist and author Khatib Badala writes that Arabs “have a trait that separates us from all other peoples of the world: the love of death....

King Abdallah of Jordan: We Must Save Human Lives Everywhere

Writing in the Washington Post in late April about the need for international cooperation in light of the Corona epidemic, Jordan’s King Abdallah...

Muslim Delegation Visits Auschwitz

A senior delegation of Muslim religious leaders participated in an interfaith ceremony at Auschwitz commemorating International Holocaust...

Chocolate Diplomacy

One doesn’t often find a kosher certification in Hebrew and a Khalal certification in Arabic side by side. But when Moroccan-born German...

Sad development in inspiring story: Al Kuds professor who taught Holocaust resigns amidst condemnations.

Sad development in inspiring story: Al Kuds professor who taught Holocaust resigns amidst condemnations. But he defiantly stands by his principles....

Abbas, PA Say Jews Defile with "Filthy" Feet

On September 16th, PA television aired a speech by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas which dehumanized Jews and encouraged religious war, violence and...

Lebanese Shiite Addresses Israelis, Encourages Peace

Sayyed Muhammad Ali Husseini, secretary general of the Lebanese Shiite "Arabic Islamic Council," has been using his Facebook page to address...

Egyptian Scholar: How Religion Can Bring Reconciliation

In early November Dr. Omer ben Salem Al-Fayyumi, who recently defended his Ph.D. dissertation at the prestigious Al Azhar University in Cairo,...

Over 160 Children Killed Digging Tunnels for Hamas

A paper published in 2012 in the Journal of Palestine Studies wrote that at least 160 children had been killed building tunnels in Gaza. The Journal...

All the President's Men: Fatah, Abu Mazen Advisors Laud Baby Murderer

Abu Mazen's Fatah organization, as well as his important advisers, have publicly lauded the perpetrator of the recent vehicular terror attack in...

Employee of Israeli Organization B'Tselem Denies the Holocaust

Ataf Abu Rub, an Arab employee of the self-proclaimed Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, was caught on camera denying the Holocaust....

Al-Kuds University: Holocaust Education Yields Results

Holocaust Condemnation and Education Al-Kuds University: Holocaust Education Yields Results “All I can tell you is that the latest group of...

Nazareth Muslim resident teaches about Holocaust to Arabs in Galilee and the PA

Holocaust Condemnation and Education Nazareth Muslim resident teaches about Holocaust to Arabs in Galilee and the PA. (Smiley) Says he is criticized...

Iranian FM Withdrawing Holocaust Condemnation?

Holocaust Condemnation and Education Iranian FM Withdrawing Holocaust Condemnation? Read Article in The EA Worldview

Saudi journalist decries the devaluation of life in the Arab world

Saudi journalist decries the devaluation of life in the Arab world. Read Article in Memri

Al-Jazeera: Why Can’t Syria Be Humane Like Israel?

Al-Jazeera: Why Can’t Syria Be Humane Like Israel? Read Article in the Times of Israel

Former British PM Tony Blair: Extremism within Islam can’t be ignored

Former British PM Tony Blair: Extremism within Islam can’t be ignored. Read Article in the Times of Israel

More British Muslims in ISIS than in British Military

USA Today quotes British Defense sources as estimating that 800 British Muslims are currently fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq. This is more...

Fearing Muslim Vandalism, Dutch Authorities Restrict Sukka Building

Authorities in The Hague, Holland, allowed Fabrice Schomberg to build a sukkah outside his home on condition that he dismantle it by 9:00 PM every...

Vienna: Muslim School To Be Closed Because of Hate Education

The Board of Education in Vienna has ordered that a Saudi-financed Muslim school be closed at the end of the school-year. The ruling came after the...

France's Hollande: "Muslims Are First Victims of Intolerance"

French President Francoise Hollande, speaking at the Arab World Institute shortly after the January terror attacks, stressed that "it is Muslims who...

On International Women's Day, PA Televison Praises Female Murderers

On March 8th, International Women's Day, Palestinian Authority Television aired an interview with PLO Cental Committee member Amal Hamad. Lauding...

ISIS Uses Child To Murder Prisoner

On March 10th ISIS released a video of a child, who appears to be around ten years old, fatally shooting a former fighter in its ranks, 19-year old...

Jordan Regulates Sermons of Imams

It's not exactly peace education, but it is an attempt to limit the role of religion as a vehicle for hatred and violence. Jordan has issued new...

Algeria: Female Religious Guides Counter Radicalization

The forces of good are active in Algeria, where approximately 300 mourishdates (female religious guides) are working to counter radicalization at...