In mid-October, seventeen young adults between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, four each from Israel and the Palestinian territories, and eight from the rest of the world (Korea, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the United States and the Netherlands) will meet in The Hague. They will tour the Netherlands to get to know the country and each other. After a few days of mutual acquaintance it will come to what the YPI2014 is about: they will stay together in the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, (think tank and diplomatic academy) and work on their own roadmap for a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinian territories. In October they will present their Roadmap to Peace to Secretary Kerry and to the Palestinian and the Israeli heads of the Peace Process negotiation teams.
Israel and the Palestinian territories count some 12 million inhabitants. Half of them are younger than 25 years. The success of peace negotiations, previously facilitated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is especially crucial for these young people. The decisions now will have an impact on their future wellbeing. If things go wrong, they will be the ones who will have to pay the price. Simultaneously, if agreements are developed, they will be responsible for insuring their success. However, these young people do not take part of the peace process. The following proposal seeks to address this issue and propose their incorporation within the peace process.