Thanks to the generosity of the Atkin Foundation, ICSR offers young leaders from Israel and the Arab world the opportunity to come to London for a period of four months, producing a research paper as the result of their work. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide young leaders from Israel and the Arab world with an opportunity to develop their ideas on how to further peace and understanding in the Middle East through research, debate and constructive dialogue in a neutral political environment.
Gil Messing, ICSR’s Winter Atkin Fellow for 2012 focused his paper – Seeking no war – achieving no peace: How Israel and the Palestinian Authority could maintain sustainable non-violent relations – on practical means and steps that both sides can take to create sustainable relations between the two sides in the absence of direct negotiations.
Gil is the former Adviser and Spokesperson (2007-2012) to Tzipi Livni, whilst she was Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and leader of the Opposition. Prior to that Gil was spokesperson for the Israeli Security Forces in the Gaza Strip during the Disengagement Plan.