Beneath the political radar screen, a variety of programs continue to strive to build confidence between Israelis and Palestinians. Scientific and medical collaborations are important areas where this can occur. One worthwhile program recently established is STEP GTP as described here.
The mission of STEP-GTP (Science Training Encouraging Peace – Graduate Training Program) is to provide graduate level science and medical training to pairs of Palestinian and Israeli students or medical fellows so they may deliver needed services and lead the next generation of professionals. STEP-GTP offers training in fields identified as critical needs by Israeli and Palestinian educational leaders. These fields include nutrition, genetics (especially genetic counseling), clinical biochemistry, ophthalmology, diabetology, and health communication. The participants pledge to remain a resource to the other member of their training pair after formal education is completed.