Negotiations have become futile on the national scale. However, regional interactions between various communities are taking place on a regular basis across the country. As a result, a regional systems of interests are created and offer another avenue toward common understanding. IPCRI aims to facilitate more of these interactions within Jerusalem, both through our "Good Neighbors" project - a multifaceted community-organizing effort in the neighborhoods of Abu Tor/El-Thuri - and our wider "regional committees" project, which is creating regional track II committees that will negotiate the future of specific Jerusalem sub-regions by incorporating various stakeholders. The first program will advance neighborly relations based on increased mutual understanding and capacity for collaboration, while the latter will promote organic processes of mediation and dialogue, building capacity to eventually confront major issues through local agreements.
Through both projects, we aim to engage local communities in participatory processes that will illuminate their current interlinks and point to potential areas of agreement for the future. As such, our efforts will help both Arab and Jewish citizens in Jerusalem improve their everyday lives in concrete ways, while at the same time working to build the social infrastructure and functional ecosystem for lasting peace and understanding, which can serve as a model for the region as a whole.