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      Oslo Negotiator Launches Online University for Israelis, Arabs

      The "Yala Young Leaders" movement is launching the Internet’s first university for Israelis and Arabs across the Middle East
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 5/28/2012, 12:54 PM

      Arab students at Ben Gurion U
      Arab students at Ben Gurion U
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      Organizers of an online Mideast political movement say they are launching the Internet’s first university for Israelis and Arabs across the Middle East, The Washington Post reported.

      Former Israeli diplomat and politician and founder of the “Yala Young Leaders” movement, Uri Savir, says the group’s “Online Academy” will offer students courses in government, social networks, communications and skill development.

      Savir said he believes that the new academy, scheduled to begin in September, “can revolutionize relations between young people of the Middle East.”

      Between 1993 and 1996, Savir served as Chief Negotiator of the Oslo Accords, the so-called “peace process,” which many claim led to the second Intifada and entangled Israel in a situation in which negotiating with terrorists has become a legitimate form of seeking peace.  

      The Yala Young Leaders group has attracted nearly 85,000 members on Facebook since it was launched a year ago. Savir says more than a quarter are young Egyptians.