What is needed to deepen and empower mutual understanding for parties in conflict in the path for peace

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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Comment by Jennifer A. Miskin-Flake on July 27, 2008 at 10:34am
Amal and Alice, I loved hearing what you both had to say. So much clarity and reality and caring.

I want to say a little about "knowing and learning narratives" or stories. I find this to be a deeply wonderful principle.

When I was a child, I had stories that I learned from my parents, teachers, church, media about what the world was like and "my" story for the shape of life I lived in this world.

Thankfully, as I've grown more, I drink into myself more of the story -- so much so, that wherever I encounter a story/narrative/history/etc -- it is MY STORY.

For example, I cry when I hear about the Trail of Tears (when Cherokees were forced marched away from their homes across the United States). I get excited when it is going to be Kwaanzaa (a celebration that was created by one man and adopted by many and rooted in past, present and future heritage of African American peoples, and all peoples). These are not THEIR stories. They are MY stories.

The story of Israel is my story. The story of Palestine is my story. (I have more to learn, of course! :) ).

I think that some think that can keep only the story they have and try to make peace across two stories. Perhaps. But I think that there is only one story -- and it is OURS -- and we can put it on like a skin, and then there is the peace. That is not the only practical solution, of course. But all the stories we come to know in this world must become true to each one of us -- and all the pasts become one past -- OUR OWN.
Comment by Scott Cooper on July 27, 2008 at 10:15am
I agree with you completely Amal. I hope you are well my friend. Sincerely, Scott


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