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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.

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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 8 2013: outside the box..Arab culture ,I was informed second hand(any one who really knows please comment) has a passion for poetry,and wrestling . Outside the box,my idea is to create an Arab wrestling federation,and you guessed it,a yearly poetry competition.Similar to the concept of the Olympics,it would be a way to create a non violent way of expression,and yet also create an opportunity to "slam" your opponent. The idea has substance in that if there is already the passion...inspiring such an event becomes less contrived and easier to facilitate. Also this would give young angry unemployed youth another way to express themselves...As an older person I,Ilike the idea of forgiveness,yet I remember the energy tornadoes of youth..So im realistically calculating for their collective voice. We could have the politicians show up as figureheads so they could claim alll the attention they desire...If it became a question of safety,poetry could occur in cyberspace,and the wrestling event...hmmmmm elswhere in a seriously regimented state like Saudia Arabia...They have Mecca every year..so its obviously able... Not pursuing outside the box, and only using politics feels to me shortsighted...lots of people want to be safe...and geography is not their concern...politicians have alot of obligations to institutions...not all family oriented...I prefer to humanize my moral quests...Im unsure if governments are about humans as a priority

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