My Time on the Court With the Peace Players

Yesterday, I had the pleasure and honor to take a few minutes away from my desk and the Situation Room to play basketball with some remarkable young Israelis and Palestinians that have come together through sports to build bridges between their divided communities. These inspiring young leaders are visiting the United States on a State Department sports diplomacy program with PeacePlayers International. These youth were aware of my love of basketball and asked to come to meet with me. Rather than sit in a conference room, I invited them over to the South Lawn Basketball Court for an hour of hustle and fun.

When it comes to Middle East peace, nothing is easy. But our commitment to a just and sustainable resolution to this conflict is unwavering, and we will continue to work closely with both sides -- the Israelis and Palestinians -- to help find a way forward. The work that the State Department does to foster people-to-people diplomacy is vital to our efforts to build trust and understanding in conflict situations. The teamwork these young people show on the court underscores just how much the dreams and aspirations of young people all around the world are the same. And it helps demonstrate that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is possible, and within reach. The youth are our future, and they want and deserve to live in peace and security.

About the Author: Ambassador Susan Rice serves as National Security Advisor.

Editor's Note: This entry originally appeared on the White House Blog.



Paul K.
United States
October 11, 2014
Great work. Great photo. Culture, the arts, sports, isn't it about sharing a moment as people. They are boding experiences. The arts, culture, music, literature, dreams, faith traditions that teach of a merciful God. Cultural traditions that express the human soul and spirit. Doesn't Peace mean better futures for regular people? Civic traditions and institutions that allow for the peaceful redress of grievances. The Mediterranean world, ancient birthplace of Democracy, or Senates, or Roman Civil Law. Of Ancient culture, literature, songs, theater, festivals, and holidays. The Mediterranean Sea and the countries around it that have traded for thousands of years, with each other and with Asia. Sports. TV. Movies. Books. Music competitions on TV. Where there are people, there you will see humanity.
Ambassador Rice Plays Basketball With Israeli and Palestinian Youths at the White House
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