The IEA was formed in 2001 and since then have held – in its three regional focuses: in Israel, between Israelis and Palestinians and in the larger Middle East – more than 1800 programs, with some 6,000 participants – most of them meeting 'the other' for the first time. Participants in IEA programs include people of all political and religious views, as well as all ages, genders, walks of life etc.
The IEA have formed till now 67 on-going community-groups of interfaith encounter – from the Upper Galilee to Eilat. It maintains working relations with 7 Palestinian organizations, across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and is a founding partner of the Middle East Abrahamic Forum, with partners from Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Turkey.
For its work the IEA has been recognized and awarded by:
• Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
• The Institute for Interreligious Studies
• The World Movement for Global Democracy
• The Israeli Presidential Conference