'Rebuild Gaza, and avert the next war'

Writing in The Washington Post, Jimmy Carter argues that an end to Gaza's isolation is essential for a future Israel-Palestine peace deal.

"As long as Palestinians remain divided, it will be difficult for any leader to sell to the Palestinian people a peace agreement with Israel."

Rubble in Gaza after an Israeli air strike. Photo: UN Photo | Shareef Sarha, July 2014

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The Elders warn against political violence in Burundi and urge free, transparent elections

In the lead up to Burundi's elections, The Elders urge leaders and the general public to abide by The Arusha Accords to "entrench democracy and bolster peace and stability".

Person voting in the Burundi legislative elections in 2010. Photo Brice Blondel, CC BY-NC 2.0

LONDON - The Elders express their concern about growing tensions in Burundi ahead of presidential elections scheduled for June.

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What Palestinians need to do to fulfil their quest for statehood

Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Salam Fayyad argues that the path to peace can only begin when Gaza is reintroduced into the Palestinian fold.

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Can we separate anti-Semitism from legitimate criticism?

The Elders’ Senior Middle East analyst, Nigel Pearce, suggests that criticism of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians is not necessarily anti-Semitism.

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 in 2013, US comedian and film director Woody Allen said: “I do feel there are many people that disguise their negative feelings toward Jews, disguise it as anti-Israel criticism, political criticism, when in fact what they really mean is that they don’t like Jews.”

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Encouraging progress towards peace and inclusiveness in Myanmar

Ahead of a crucial year for Myanmar’s transition, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Martti Ahtisaari, Lakhdar Brahimi and Hina Jilani travelled to Myanmar and Thailand in December 2014. Meeting with members of the government, armed forces, parliament and civil society, the Elders encouraged all parties to help bring about a fair and inclusive society.

Thailand photo: Sarawut Klayklueng | The Elders

Myanmar photos: Kaung Htet | The Elders

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Building a new state: an historic opportunity for Myanmar

In remarks at the press conference concluding The Elders’ visit to Myanmar and Thailand on 12–18 December 2014, Gro Harlem Brundtland gives an overview of the trip and outlines the remaining challenges in Myanmar’s transition process.

“This is a country with a long tradition of people living in harmony with each other.”

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