Special Series: Preparing the Public for Peace - 2007
by Naomi Chazan
A persistent obstacle in Arab-Israeli peacemaking has been the question of how leaders are supposed to prepare their publics for making painful concessions, while simultaneously conducting tough negotiations with the other side. During the Oslo negotiating process, Israeli and Palestinian leaders maintained tough stances in public, while making concessions in private negotiations, leaving their publics shocked and unprepared when the peace process was announced. At other times, leaders on both sides have lost support from their own constituencies when trying to convince them of a need to make compromises. The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) has commissioned a series of six articles, written by Israelis, Palestinians and internationals, to explore in depth the issue of Preparing Israeli and Palestinian publics for peace. Naomi Chazan leads off the series with a suggestion to implement a consultative approach to resolving the leadership-public paradox.
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 26 April 2007) 
by Ziad Asali
A persistent obstacle in Arab-Israeli peacemaking has been the question of how leaders are supposed to prepare their publics for making painful concessions, while simultaneously conducting tough negotiations with the other side. The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) has commissioned a series of six articles, written by Israelis, Palestinians and internationals, to explore in depth the issue of Preparing Israeli and Palestinian publics for peace. In the second article of the series, Ziad Asali writes that "[s]urvey after survey over the years has consistently shown that a majority of both Israeli and Palestinian publics, in the 70 percent range, support a negotiated two-state solution to the conflict. The problem is that these same publics do not believe that the other side supports the same thing... The trick, therefore, is to raise trust in each other's desire for a negotiated peace."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 3 May 2007) 
by Israela Oron
The Common Ground News Service (CGNews) has commissioned a series of six articles, written by Israelis, Palestinians and internationals, to explore in depth the issue of Preparing Israeli and Palestinian publics for peace. "If we assume that the parameters of an agreement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are known and based on the two state solution, in order to reach an agreement each side must believe that it won't be possible to get any more, and that the other side will fulfil its obligations," writes Israela Oron in the third article of this series. "Both peoples have to internalise the true price they're paying for the lack of a permanent agreement, as well as the potential represented by one. And both sides will have to trust the international community's guarantees for any agreement's implementation."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 10 May 2007) 
by Paul Scham
In the fourth article of the CGNews series on Preparing Israeli and Palestinian publics for peace, Paul Scham writes about the role that acknowledging historical narratives must play in preparing for peace. "Acknowledgement of the historical narratives of the other side is not, of course, a magic bullet for settling the conflict. However, as part of a comprehensive package that deals with land, sovereignty, borders, settlements, security, and the like, it can go further than many people realize in confirming the legitimacy of both peoples in the land, which is the only feasible way to attain peace."
(Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 10 May 2007) 
by Ziad Abu Zayyad
An opinion is not informed simply because it is held by many people. Ziad Abu Zayyad details the circumstances and misinformation that have (mis)shaped Israeli and Palestinian public opinion and the leadership that has "fed illusions" to both sides. Abu Zayyad has faith in track-2 diplomacy to heal the traumatic past, empower public opinion and bear the land out of its mired polarization.
(Source: Common Ground News Service, 11 October 2007) 
 
 
 
 
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