The Elders' first day in the Middle East, proved to be moving, thought-provoking, frank and inspirational as they met a diverse group of Israeli citizens and heard a wide range of thoughts and perspectives.
The Elders met a diverse group of young Israelis. The atmosphere was relaxed and informal, allowing for frank discussion of young people’s hopes and concerns.
The Elders also met Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a politically influential spiritual leader and figurehead of the Shas party, about whom the Elders stated: "We share the Rabbi's insistence on the necessity of peace."
At a lunch with civil society representatives advocating for human rights, employment and the rights of women, the Elders discussed how civil society plays a vital role in the achievement of peace.
The day culminated with a moving visit to Yad Vashem, a memorial to those killed in the Holocaust, where the Elders reignited the Eternal Flame in memory of those who died.