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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: There will never be peace, forget it! Arab states got rid of all the Jews. They are safe absorbed by Israel. The Arab refugees Arab states created are not absorbed because they use them as weapons to destroy Israel. Get used to it. Have you ever heard voices of peace in any Arab state? It is practically unanimous. Yesterday one journalist wrote that they should look at Israel to learn to have states speaking of Israel’s successes. The hate mail he received! Will he continue living? You are a blind man “They have eyes and they won’t see” was written for you. There will never be a time when Arab state do not want to destroy Israel. In fact Arabs regard any land that once was ruled by Islam as a land that must in time return to Islam. Israel is first on the list then comes Spain, Sicily, the Balkans. The rest of the world is targeted to have to “submit” to Islam. Keep dreaming!
    • Feb 11 2013: Albert: Keep calm. Your references to Arab history are seriously mistaken. Arabs are related to Jews , after all,, and the Koran mentions them favorably. The Arab empire treated the Jews very much better than Europe ever did. And your idea about what consitutes "Arab Land" is eerily reminiscent of what the Israeli"s claim about the extent of "Israel Irredenta".
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      Feb 11 2013: I can't stand intolerant people...
      • Feb 11 2013: I quote Arab political scientists when I say that Israel, Sicily and Andalous are lands that have to return to Islamic rule in the future, not me. The land of Israel it is true is the home land of the Jews, not New York or Rome. You probably live where you have way much history than Jews have in Israel. Jews in Arab land had to pay the Jizia, a special tax to be able remain Jews or convert to Islam. A Jew could never win a court of law against a Muslim. You are right it was a bit better than in lands of Christianity but not by much.
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      Feb 11 2013: How is this an answer to the question? Be creative: what would it take to create peace?
      See this link for example of Muslims who do not want to destroy Israel or Spain (admittedly Persians, but we can find some Arabs supporting this cause as well): http://www.ted.com/talks/israel_and_iran_a_love_story.html. Making the mistake of letting Al Qaedai speak for all Muslims is intolerant.

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