A Prospect for Peace in the West Bank
Project Name: A Prospect for Peace in the West Bank
Once one of the most dangerous and violent cities in the West Bank, Jenin was the scene of frequent battles between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters, and the hometown of more than two dozen suicide bombers.
Today, however, there's been a huge turnaround. Jenin is now the center of an international effort to build a safe and economically prosperous Palestinian state from the ground up. On Jenin's streets today, there's a brand new professional security force loyal to the Palestinian Authority and funded in part by the United States. But can the modest success in Jenin be replicated throughout the West Bank, or will the effort collapse under the intense political pressure from all sides?
NOW talks directly with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the international community's envoy to the region and an architect of the plan. We also speak with a former commander of the infamous Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade about his decision to stop using violent tactics, and to residents of Jenin about their daily struggles and their hopes for the future.
To Blair, the Jenin experiment can be pivotal in finally bringing peace to the Middle East. He tells NOW, "This is the single most important issue for creating a more stable and secure world."
Skoll Foundation: Social Entrepreneur Daniel Lubetzky
Daniel Lubetzky began advocating and fostering entrepreneurial joint ventures between Arabs and Israelis in 1989 to promote stability in the Middle East through economic cooperation. He founded the PeaceWorks Foundation in 2002 to encourage political moderates to build a new movement to unite for peace. He won a Skoll Award in 2008 for the foundation's OneVoice Movement, which aims to reframe the debate into one that positions the vast majority -- composed of moderates from both sides -- against violent extremism.
The Office of Tony Blair: Middle East
NOW Slideshow: Behind the Scenes in the West Bank
Wide Angle: Heart of Jenin