Between the 26th – 30th June, Forward Thinking facilitated a series of meetings for a delegation of young Israeli activists from the Likud party in Belfast. This visit was organised as part of the Irish Peace Process Programme – an initiative which brings delegations from key constituencies in Israel to Northern Ireland to discuss experiences of the conflict and peace process. Israeli delegations are exposed to leading figures from both Unionist and Republican communities,  not so they can hear a prescriptive model on how to achieve peace, but rather to take part in an ongoing dialogue on the challenges, successes and failures of Northern Ireland’s process and, from this, to explore the key themes that they identify as relevant and beneficial to their own context.

Across the four days of the visit, the delegation held intensive discussions with a number of groups, including with Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and councillors, young party activists, academics, members of civil society, former paramilitaries, and victims of violence.

The delegation holding meetings at a Loyalist Museum

The delegation holding meetings at a Loyalist Museum

The delegation meeting with young activists from Sinn Féin

The delegation meeting with young activists from Sinn Féin