The Regional Organization for Peace, Economics & Security (ROPES) aims to revive momentum toward a historic Israeli-Palestinian peace accord by rallying a powerful regional coalition of rising stars in business, culture, and politics behind a 2030 vision of a new Middle East.
More than three years before the Abraham Accords, ROPES was created with what at the time seemed like a fanciful mission: to expand the coalition for a conflict-ending Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by connecting forward-thinking Israeli and Palestinian emerging leaders with like-minded peers from across the Arab world. Today, as the only Arab-Israeli people-to-people organization that has been working with emerging leaders in the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and several other Arab states, ROPES stands uniquely positioned to help this unprecedented political moment produce the first models of a warm Arab-Israeli peace and, over the long term, to leverage it into momentum for a conflict-ending peace deal that sets the stage for regional integration.
Our strategy is both bold and patient. We do not seek at first to sway public opinion or the current crop of leaders. Instead, over a multi-year process, we plan to build a Millennial-led alliance of influencers from across the region and work with them to create a viral vision for a new Middle East that we will unveil at an opportune moment. Our aim is to deliver a powerful shock to the system--a shock that upends the media narrative and gives young Israelis and Palestinians hope for a better future and a motivating peek beyond the horizon. By bringing all Arab nations into a larger alliance, meanwhile, we will expand the pie of peace benefits and reassurances for all sides while writing a new storyline that is large enough to cut through the noise of a saturated media.