On the second day of their visit, the Elders met Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad in Ramallah. On their way to the West Bank, they stopped at the Qalandia checkpoint, where hundreds of Palestinians line up daily to cross into Israel under tight security. There they met Zaina who has made the crossing many times to go to school. Zaina joined other young Palestinians in conversation with the Elders later in the day to express their frustrations with the current situation and their hopes for peace.
On the first day of their visit to the Middle East, the Elders visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and paid tribute to the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. In a lively meeting with a diverse group of young people from all over Israel, the Elders heard of the hope that unites them, and of the frustrations they have about their society.
Graça Machel and Mary Robinson state that though women are brutalised in conflict, they are not victims; they are actors for change.
Mary Robinson and Lakhdar Brahimi argue that women must be included in the peace-building process.
Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi met young people from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to hear about their hopes for the future and to encourage both communities to live in peace.