Executive Tour

Get to the heart of the Peace-Process
October 16-25

This October we have an exceptional tour that takes you to the heart of the Israel/Palestine issues. The ten day tour is led by Gershon Baskin and Dahlia Scheindlin, two of the region's best know political analysts and experts.

The tour is designed for people who really want to get to grips with the issues on both sides. It includes meetings with senior Palestinian and Israeli politicians as well expertise from leading journalists and leading think tanks. You'll also get to meet families on all side and see the issues affecting ordinary people in their daily lives. 

The journey takes you through Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa and Tel Aviv. The tour is all inclusive and includes stays in 3-4 star hotels. All transport, and main meals are included in the price.

More About the Tour Leaders
Gershon Baskin was the founder of IPCRI, the joint Israeli Palestinian think tank. He also involved in the Oslo Accords and has spoken frequently on the failure of the peace process. 

Dahlia Scheindlin is a leading public opinion analyst and strategic consultant. She has worked on public opinion strategies in many countries and consults with political groups and NGO's in Israel and Palestine. 

Gershon leads the first half of the tour and Dahlia the second. As well as having access to some of the region's key political players, they will be on hand to guide and analyse issues throughout the tour. 

Speakers and Contributors

We have a packed itinerary, with some of the region’s best known commentators and political figures. They include the following:

Amira Hass is a renowned Israeli columnist for Haaretz. She lives in Ramallah and is a widely recognized expert on the Palestinian Authority. She is a vocal critic of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Khalida Jarrar is a member of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and member of the Palestinian National Council. She is also the Palestinian representative at the Council of Europe. She has been banned from travelling outside the West Bank since 1998.

Dr. Saad Nimr from Birzeit University is an expert on right to return of refugees and campaigner for release of political prisoners who has spent a total of 8 years in Israeli prisons.

Mazin Qumsiyeh is a professor at Bethlehem University and chairman of the Board for the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. He recently published a new book; Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.

Miri Eisin was a member of the Israeli intelligence community and former government  spokesman. She retired from her intelligence role with the rank of full colonel in 2004 and was deputy head of the combat intelligence corps. She was the Israeli government's spokesman during the second Lebanon war. She then became the international media advisor to the Prime Minister. 


Day One Jerusalem 
We start in the evening for dinner in Jerusalem with a briefing and introduction to the peace-process.

Day Two Ramallah
The group heads to Ramallah to learn how the Palestinian Authority works and see how Israel's security apparatus has a stranglehold on the region. We meet with leading Palestinian politicians as well as Amira Hass, one of Israel's best known journalists who lives in Ramallah.

Day Three Ramallah
We head to Nablus. Tour of Balata refugee camp to meet local families. We then look at the settlements that Engulf Nablus., including Burin a village constantly attacked by surrounding settlers. With local activist group International Solidarity Movement (ISM) speaking about the ongoing struggle in Nablus and the role of checkpoints in the region. Overnight in Ramallah

Day Four Bethlehem
In the morning we Bedouin in Wadi Faqin and then head to Hebron and learn about its historical background and its importance to both the Islam and Judaism, with tour from Palestinian activist Badee Dwaik of the old city and its struggle. (Including visiting the Ibrahimi Mosque and Bab al Zawiyahh city. First hand exploration of H2 area and Tel Rumeida settlement. Meetings with Youth Against Settlments, International Solidarity Movement. Overnight in Bethleham 

Day Five Bethlehem
We head south through the West Bank and meet with a range of settler communities. They include outposts as well as more established ones such as Gush Etzion and Efrat that have been "incorporated" into the Jerusalem area. A visit to Masada if followed by a stop at the Dead Sea. Return to Bethlehem for dinner.

Day Six JerusalemThis morning we come face to face with Israel’s separation barrier, as we leave the West Bank, and enter Jerusalem. Meetings with diplomats and journalists for their take on the peace process. Options to visit Jerusalem’s Old City, visiting all three major holy sites: theChurch of the Holy Sepulchre, the Haram al-Sharif (Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock) and the Western Wall. Overnight West Jerusalem.

Day Seven Jerusalem & NarazethThis morning we explore Jerusalem outside the Old City walls, using Israel’s controversial tram line to pass between the Palestinian east and Jewish west of the city, learning more about Jerusalem’s expansion. After lunch, we drive north to the largest Arab city inside Israel,Nazareth has both a long history and a densely complex modern existence, shared between Muslim and Christian Palestinians within the city centre and Jewish Israelis in the separate town of Upper Nazareth nearby. We then proceed to port city of Haifa overlooking the Mediterranean. Overnight Haifa.

Day Eight Haifa and Tel AvivIn Haifa, we look at Palestinian-Israeli coexistence as well as the city’s role in Israel’s industrial development during the 20th century. Haifa is home to a strong tradition of unionisation and left-leaning politics. After lunch we proceed down the Mediterranean coast to Israel’s bustling commercial capital Tel Aviv. At dinner we begin to review the weeks events. Overnight Tel Aviv.

Day Nine Tel AvivTel Aviv is home to some of Israel’s most important political think tanks, academics and human rights groups. We use this final day to both review the tour and examine the range of political forces with in Israel. Is there any hope of renewed commitment to the peace- process? Farewell dinner and overnight Tel Aviv.

Day Ten
Overview of the tour at breakfast. Departure

  • Nablus Day Tour
    Visit the Samaritans and their holy temple on Mount Grizim. Hold a discussion with the Director of a youth organization in Balata Refugee camp. Explore the sights and sounds of the Old City of Nablus
  • Masada, Dead Sea & Southern West Bank
    An overview of the southern West Bank, the ancient Roman complex at Masada, a drive along the entire length of the Dead Sea, and an opportunity to dip in the healing sea waters.
  • Taybeh Village
    Come and explore Christian Palestine through the beautiful village of Taybeh located between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jericho.
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