The Middle East Friendship Program brings together teenagers from both Arab-speaking and Hebrew-speaking communities to promote peaceful interaction and understanding between the two groups. The program is a peace-building and leadership training program, with a four week component in the United States in the summer. By developing cross-cultural friendships, the teens build mutual respect for each other, breaking down the historical stereotypes and mistrust that exist. Upon return to Israel and Palestine, the teens are in a position to share the message with family and friends of their own communities that Arab-speaking and Hebrew-speaking Israelis and Palestinians can live together peacefully. Indeed, many of the students who have participated in the program are doing just that – working together for peace.