Peace Now is the leading voice of Israeli public pressure for peace. We:

• support the right of Israel to exist within secure borders and the right of our neighbors to do the same;

• advocate for a politically-negotiated 2-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;

• believe that Israel’s unique status as a free and open democratic society in the Middle East endows the Israeli public with a special responsibility to promote the basic human rights of freedom, justice, and equality for all people in this region; and

• work to break down divisive stereotypes through education on both sides of the conflict.

We are Israel’s most veteran and diverse peace movement with over 10,000 members from the Middle East and around the world.  Our work has been supported and endorsed by hundreds of prominent academics, politicians, and philosophers, including Amos Oz and David Grossman. 

The majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a peaceful 2-state solution.  Peace Now insists that politicians on both sides of this issue serve their constituencies by creating the reality of peace NOW.

Mission
Peace Now works to ensure that both Israelis and Palestinians embrace the only viable solution to the conflict: the creation of a Palestinian state in the territories adjacent to Israel, which were occupied as a result of the 1967 war – A Two State Solution.

Peace Now believes that continued occupation of these territories harms Israel economically and politically and damages the values and fabric of Israeli society. 

Peace Now’s mission is to promote peace and democracy through education of the Israeli public and concerned citizens worldwide.  We further hope to inspire the public to take part in developing initiatives that will both support long-term peace promotion and remove existing obstacles to a politically negotiated two-state solution.

History
Peace Now was founded in 1978 during the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks.  At a moment when these talks appeared to be collapsing, a group of 348 reserve officers and soldiers from Israeli army combat units published an open letter to the Prime Minister of Israel calling upon the government to make sure this opportunity for peace was not lost.  Tens of thousands of Israelis sent in support for the letter, and the movement was born.  When Egypt and Israel signed their historic peace treaty in 1979, members of Peace Now and the general Israeli public realized that public pressure and action in support of the peace process could and would dictate the course of history.
In time, Peace Now became convinced that the only viable solution to the conflict was the creation of a Palestinian state in the territories adjacent to Israel, which were occupied as a result of the 1967 war. 

In 1988, upon PLO acceptance of UNSC Resolution 242 and the principle of the two-state solution, Peace Now led a massive demonstration of 100,000 persons calling on the government to negotiate with the PLO.  Peace Now fully supported the break-through represented by the 1993 Oslo Accord, during which Israel and the PLO negotiated directly for the first time, and as a result of which Israel withdrew its military from areas of the West Bank and Gaza and the PLO renounced violence and publicly accepted Israel’s right to exist. 

In 1994, Peace Now and its supporters celebrated another historic breakthrough when Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty normalizing relations between the two countries.

Over the many years of its existence, Peace Now has consistently supported any and all steps promising to promote a resolution to the conflict, in addition to pressing all Israeli parties in power to initiate steps to bring about an end to the occupation, return to the 1967 boarders and negotiations for peace.

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