Yitzhak Frankenthal
"A constitutive event can create a change here overnight, but what we need is comprehensive, profound and radical change. This is why reconciliation is neither simple nor easy. It is something to work and invest in and we cannot rest on laurels."


Lives in: Jerusalem Was born in: Bnei Brak, Israel Identity: Israeli, Jewish Type of work: Coexistence/Dialogue/Reconciliation Website: The Arik Institute Works at The Arik Institute for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace Interviewer Nahanni Rous; Leora Gal and Shlomo Zagman Date of Interview 2006

After his son was killed as a soldier, Yitzhak Frankenthal, a former businessman, pored through decades of old newspapers to find names of Israeli parents whose children had been killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yitzhak brought bereaved Israeli families to Gaza to meet with bereaved Palestinian families. After this initial meeting, he established the Parents Circle - Families Forum, which grew into an organization of over 500 Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families calling for reconciliation and peace, rather than revenge. Yitzhak later founded the Arik Insitute in honor of his son; the Institute's work includes media outreach, and bringing Palestinian speakers to talk to Israeli youth preparing for military service. In 2009, Yitzhak became the Executive Director of the Fund for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace.