Institute with Vermont ties aims to help Middle East environment

12/19/07 8:24AM By Mitch Wertlieb
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The recent Middle East peace talks in Annapolis, Maryland haven't yielded any major breakthroughs in fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Then again, they weren't really expected to do so.

Rabbi Michael Cohen of Manchester says there may be hope in looking at the problem from a different, common perspective.

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies prepares future Arab and Jewish leaders to solve the region's challenges cooperatively.

The program has a lot of participation from Vermont students, and all three members of Vermont's congressional delegation have strongly supported the program.

Rabbi Michael Cohen says the program got its start during a time of both hope and rising discord in the Middle East:

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