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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 10 2013: Predictably reading the comments it is the fault of Israel even if it is not. Israel absorbed all the Jewish refugees cleansed out of all Arab lands. The Arabs maintain the refugees they created in 1948 in camps or as the newly invented “Palestinians” nation as a weapon to destroy The Jewish State of Israel. To make peace one has to come to a table and talk. Abbas the un elected ruler (the usual in most Arab lands) refuses to even recognize the Jewish state to come and seat at a negotiating table. It follows of course that it is the fault of Israel. You all have defined yourself by this strange logic.
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      Feb 10 2013: Fine, I follow your logic and conclude the Palestinians are to blame, what is to be done next? Answer from the point of view of Israel, Palestine & the rest of the world. I am truly interested in some fresh ideas.
      Just a point to think about: assume I argue with my girlfriend because she blames me for cheating on here even though I did nothing of the kind. Let's say I was out buying her gifts and tending to the sick. She is 100% wrong, but I still have a choice of how to react and handle the situation.

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