Mohammad Darawshe, regional director and co-founder of One Voice, said that "the aim of this project is to awaken the voice of the silent majority on both sides and involve people in helping to solve the main issues by getting their input".
"The first stage will be to collect signatures on a proclamation of principles, which will be the gateway for engaging in a dialogue on the way to drafting proposals for overcoming obstacles on the path to peace," Darawshe
said."Those who sign the proclamation will then be eligible to participate in a truly public referendum, via e-mail, phone, and traditional door-to-door canvassing that we hope will reach hundreds of thousands if not millions of people.They will be asked to give their views on proposals formulated by experts to resolving the 10 key issues."The panel of experts, composed of 15 Israelis and similar numbers of Palestinians and international specialists, is to be chaired by former Under-Secretary of State Stuart Eisenstat.The panel is slated to meet in August to draft the proposals for solving key issues such as Jerusalem, borders, Palestinian refugees, water allocations, economic, social, and cultural ties."The issues and the proposals for resolving them through negotiations will be made public and Palestinians and Israelis, who signed the proclamation, will be invited to submit their views based on a grading system," Darawshe
explained."To this end we will be distributing hundreds of computer terminals to community centers, schools, and offices of non-governmental organizations in Israel and the PA areas.After about two years, all the findings will be collected and the original proposals will be revised in light of the results by the panel of experts."Darawshe
said that IBM
had donated $ 1.3 million worth of computer hardware and software to assist with the project.He
added that altogether the One Voice
project would cost around $6M - of which over $2M had already been raised.