About us

Our Story: from an idea to a reality

Are you frustrated? Do you feel stuck?

Since the second Intifada, Israelis have become perplexed about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Arguments between the Left and the Right used to revolve around Israel’s geographical shape and character.

In recent years, arguments shifted from dreams-based to anxieties-based: instead of the Left and the Right arguing why their approaches to the conflict are tenable, they merely argue why the other’s approaches to the conflict are wrong and, if implemented, would lead to dangerous outcomes for Israel’s safety to one side’s perspective, or its Jewish and democratic character for the other.

Present-day politics make the chance to quickly reach a political end-state solution low to nonexistent. From this observation, Dr. Micah Goodman argues in his book ‘Catch-67’ and subsequent article “8 Steps to Solving the Conflict" that Israeli society (both the Left and Right) would benefit from redirecting our energies away from endless arguing and instead direct our efforts towards shrinking the scope of the conflict today. This in turn has the dual-effect of improving Palestinian quality of life, without risking Israel’s security needs, as well as realigning some of the variables that currently prevent a solution to the conflict.

Shrinking the Conflict is a non-profit, grassroots initiative promoting practical steps that reduce the scope of the conflict, and can be agreed upon by both the political  left and the right. By being action-centered, Shrinking the Conflict is also uniquely situated to help heal Israeli discourse around the conflict.

Who We Are (leadership)

תמונה - חגי אלקיים שלם

Haggai Elkayam Shalem
Co-Founder

A political psychologist, Haggai holds a master’s degree in social psychology from the Hebrew University. Haggai provides consulting, research, and training services to organizations in the fields of strategy and decision-making processes. He is currently writing a doctorate on how the moral perceptions of politicians impact their electorates

תמונה - שירה גולדברג

Shira Goldberg
Co-Founder

Shira is a graduate of Midreshet Beit Prat and currently a cadet in Israel’s Civil Service Cadets Program and holds a BA in Philosophy and Jewish Thought from Shalem College. She is a new-media specialist and previously served as a parliamentary assistant and spokesperson at the Israeli Knesset. Haggai Elkayam Shalem Co-Founder A political psychologist, Haggai holds a master’s degree in social psychology from the Hebrew University. Haggai provides consulting, research, and training services to organizations in the fields of strategy and decision-making processes. He is currently writing a doctorate on how the moral perceptions of politicians impact their electorates

תמונה - ג׳ייסון אהרון סילברמן

Jason Silverman
Head of Research

In addition to heading research at the initiative, Jason is a PhD candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in International Relations. His research focuses primarily on state-diaspora relations as well as conflict resolution. Jason also holds a BA in Middle East Studies from Ohio State University

תמונה - יאיר סמוליאנוב

Yair Smolyanov
Digital Director & Community Manager

Yair is currently pursuing a BA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a sitting representative of the Students Union. He is also an employment and economic consultant in Jerusalem. Yair is an officer (Res.) in the Israeli Combat Engineering Corps

תמונה - דנאל בן נמר

Daniel Ben Namer
CEO

Danel is a graduate of Midreshet Beit Prat and the founder of “Revah Naqi”, an initiative promoting financial education in Israeli schools. During his military service in the Israeli Defense Forces, Danel served as a naval officer. He holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University with special focus on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation

The Shrinkers

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Currently working for the World Zionist Organization. Before that, she served as a Jewish Agency emissary working with Hillel International for three years. Her role with the initiative is to help develop and maintain the international relationships of shrinking the conflict initiative

Eden, 28 lives in Kadima-Zoran

Regional director of partnerships

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Currently working for the World Zionist Organization. Before that, she served as a Jewish Agency emissary working with Hillel International for three years. Her role with the initiative is to help develop and maintain the international relationships of shrinking the conflict initiative

Eden, 28 lives in Kadima-Zoran

Regional director of partnerships

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Currently working for the World Zionist Organization. Before that, she served as a Jewish Agency emissary working with Hillel International for three years. Her role with the initiative is to help develop and maintain the international relationships of shrinking the conflict initiative

Eden, 28 lives in Kadima-Zoran

Regional director of partnerships