Menahem Blondheim Andreas Stergiou


The article, partly based on work-experience from dialogue meetings between Palestinians and Israelis, attempts to challenge some basic notions of the Conflict Resolution discourse as applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They relate to the fields of religion, economics and communication, and are mildly heretic in each. It suggests that three fundamental beliefs that have determined all the international efforts aimed at dissolving the perennial conflict were wrong: One, that religion should be left out of peace processes; a second that economic synergy can promote peace; and the third that promoting a direct interaction between the sides, would be conducive to peace. These premises, concerning ways to go about solving the problem, could in fact be part of the problem.



Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Religion, Economy, Negotiations, Conflict Resolution

Policy Paper