What is needed to deepen and empower mutual understanding for parties in conflict in the path for peace?
Dealing with peacemaking demands us first to understand the history of the conflict from both sides’ views.
I will briefly draw some guidelines that can be the minimum tools and principles required to direct us in making peace and deepen the mutual understanding for parties in conflict especially in intractable conflict like the Israeli-Arab conflict.
1- to realize that no side have the solely and the only one “truth” and no side have the monopole for the “right truth “
2- Knowing and learning the narratives and history of each side
3- Realizing that the only way to solve the conflict is according to the “win-win “ way which means that both sides must compromise, so each side would feel that it won
4-Adopting new culture of peace, non-violence, reconciliation and forgiveness
5- Learning from previous experiences
6- Promoting common goals which both sides can benefit from
7-Realizing that we are all human beings and are born equal and to behave accordingly
8- Establishing trust between both sides in different ways by fostering cooperation and partnership
9- Learning from another conflictual areas especially where the conflict has been solved
10- Learning how to transform the conflict into constructive process
11-Looking forward and not being stuck in the past
12- Realizing and internalizing that peace is good for all sides
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