Can a Tinder-style matchmaking app solve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict?

Hacking pioneer John Draper responds to sexual assault allegations
Draper denies sexual assault claims but says he may have been aroused during 'energy workouts.'

See all Editor's Picks

If swiping for peace works here, it’ll work anywhere.

If love conquers all, let’s see what it can do for the IsraeliPalestinian peace process. Enter Verona, a Tinder-style matchmaking app for people living in the middle of the decades-long struggle between the two Middle Eastern societies.

Users identify themselves as Israeli, Palestinian, or other, and then the matchmaking begins. Swipe to the right if you think someone is interesting; swipe left for the next person. When two people like each other, the app connects them for what will hopefully be a civilized chat.

It’s Tinder for world peace.

The app doesn’t sell itself as a vehicle for romance; it merely bills itself as “a fun way for Israelis and Palestinians to connect.” But its familiar Tinder-style mechanics suggest that some love connections are bound to result from all this swiping.

Verona is a free download for Android devices.

Photo via TBSPhotography/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Is this how Tinder would have worked in the 1980s?
Forget ice cream parlors and quaint drive-in theaters. What if '80s kids could have used Tinder?
From Our VICE Partners

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.