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Uri Katz
  • Uri Katz
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • United States

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How do we make peace between Israel and Palestine?

Lets take it for granted that both sides are to blame in this conflict, and neither is going to disappear off the face of the earth any time soon.
Answers like "make love not war" would without a doubt work, but I am hoping for a little more substance.
If, like me, you think peace is only achievable in a distant future, but we have to begin working on it now, that is something I would like to hear, especially what we should be doing now.
If you know of a faster track to peace, all the better.


Closing Statement from Uri Katz

I would like to personally thank all the participants in this conversation.
I think we all recognized the immense difficulty this problem poses. At the same time, most people acknowledged that there is plenty that can be done, not all hope is lost.
Here are a few answers I collected. This is not a summary, only a list of the suggestions I think have the greatest potential to lead to peace. Each stands on it own, but together they have the most power. If we start implementing these ideas, sooner or later the reality in the region will change and a more direct path to peace will become apparent:

1. Instead of broadcasting yet another suicide bomber, give peace a chance by trumpeting every peaceful attempt by both sides.

2. Deflate the issue so that people see it not as cultural & religious issue, but as a localized dispute over resources and land. Then we can ask what a just division of these would be.

3. Recruit moderate religious leader.

4. Understand the other side as best as possible. How are they different? How we are they similar? Make sure your education is fact based and not propaganda.

5. Teach and practice forgiveness, which is key to all true conflict resolution
Also practice: Tolerance, Compassion, Acceptance, Appreciation

6. Remove all hate, and all us-them mentality, from school syllabuses.

7. Both side need to stop looking at themselves as victims. They are not victims of each other or of the larger world. They should take responsibility for their lives and actions.

8. The blame game does not help.

9. Historical arguments are usually used to advance one sided justification for violence and war, as such they are ineffective in the struggle toward peace.

10. Create joint projects such as competitive sporting events.

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    Feb 5 2013: Understanding the other side should be the first step I think. As a Muslim, Jewish people has always been a mystery to me.I don't know why certain people hate them without even considering what Judaism is really about. I started to read about Jewish people, their religion, culture, history etc.I was surprised to learn so many similarities between Islam and Judaism.We are practically like siblings.We might differ in certain things but we come from one light I might say.

    I think if people would start to learn about each other backgrounds, we will understand that we are actually all the same.This leads to better understanding and eventually, peace.
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      Feb 5 2013: I like your idea and wonder if there is anyway to utilize the www to this end. Something like a Kahn Academy for history.
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      Feb 7 2013: It is the similarities that account for the hatred of the sons of Hagar for the sons of Sarah. The key to peace between Muslims and Jews does NOT lie in historical similarities. Malaysia is the homeland of virtually zero Jews. Thanks largely to Mahthir Mohamad, your 4th Prime Minister, who was less-than-sympathetic to Jews, to put it mildly. Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and the infamous "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" are on prominent display at your capital's airport. If we try to bring peace between Muslims and Jews by calling them siblings we will fail more dramatically than we have up to now. I commend your open-mindedness and your rejection of handed-down hatred. But if you hope to bring understanding of, and compassion for, Jews to the world of Islam it should be on the basis of differences, not similarities. All the best to you!

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