Given the entrenched (and often contrasting) perspectives of Israelis and Palestinians on contentious issues like ownership of Jerusalem, the status of Gaza, and Israeli settlements in the West Bank there is a palpable tension in the region that sometimes spills over into violent confrontation. A growing number of individuals, government officials and nongovernmental organizations have championed peaceful resolutions to the conflict that would provide all concerned parties with the security, dignity and stability they desire.
Despite optimism about incremental successes many people acknowledge that there are not always black and white answers to big questions about a comprehensive long-term solution. As a result, peace advocates encourage concrete, measurable solutions to manageable issues that can improve quality of life for the region’s residents today, while potentially leading to a more holistic change in the future.
Check out all the high-resolution shots from my trip to Jerusalem in my Flickr album.