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Uri Katz
  • Uri Katz
  • Philadelphia, PA
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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 11 2013: Uri: To get down to basics, if you really want Peace between " Nations", there is only one way to get it. It is not through "making nice" , but through a "Rule of Law, not Men", with all the troublesome machinery that goes with it: Agreed-on Law codes, Police, Courts, etc. Just such as have been implemented in all the many great cities of the world (Many of them more populous than some "Countries" of the UN) It is simply unrealistic to believe that a collection of Nations could ever be Stable, or "Law- Abiding " in the absence of any Law. When I was about 15, I remember thinking , as WW2 ended, now we have had two world wars, with something like 160 MILLION mostly innocent people slaughtered for no very clear reasons, and without being able to clearly show who was to" blame", so now we have a chance , with the UN to set up a real world law, and they would no doubt finally make murder illegal. But no, it didn't happen. In fact, we heard stories about how, in the last days of the war, some German soldiers , and pilots, would come over to surrender to the western Allies, under the impression they would be welcomed, re-armed, and sent East again to fight the Soviets as allies. Laughable at the time, but only three years later, it came to pass.
    Anyway, if you want a fast track to peace, world government is it. Otherwise, we can continue to drift from one "Crisis" to another, until finally one nation conquers all. That will be, in effect , the same thing. The Chinese have had this experience, totally , 2000 years ago, before the First Empire.

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