The Middle East Religious Peace Initiative was founded by Rabbi Michael Melchior and Sheikh Abdullah Nimar Darwish, founder of the Islamic Movement in Israel.
The Initiative aims to create a change in the paradigm applied to solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The resolution of the contention must be based on:
- A dialogue of values and ethics anchored in religious belief and shared between Judaism and Islam.
- Mutual recognition of the right to self-determination of all peoples.
- The foundation of this acknowledgement being based on political, ethical and religious agreements.
The Initiative works with Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and throughout the Middle East, creating a religious coalition that sees religious identity as the essential element to achieving peace in the region and among peoples.