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Passive reconciliation in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Implementing peace agreements: Israel-Palestine, South Africa and Northern Ireland. (2008)
  • Rafi Nets-Zehngut
Abstract
Present research views the reconciliation process as the central method for addressing the destructive psychological aftermath of conflicts. This reconciliation process has an active aspect, as it comprises deliberate steps aimed at improving the relations between the conflicting parties (e.g., truth commissions, apology, or reparations). This paper proposes an additional process for addressing this aftermath, the passive healing one. In this latter process, the psychological fallout of conflict is addressed through cooperation for utilitarian purposes, without an aim to improve the relations between the parties. This process is being exemplified based on the relations between the Palestinians and the (Jewish) Israelis in the 1993-2004 period on governmental level (e.g. agriculture, trade and industry, finance, justice, and foreign affairs) and on the societal level (e.g., trade, tourism, employment, media, health, and NGOs). Various theoretical asepcts of this process are analyzed. Comment: see a 2009 article with a wider analysis of this process and its implementation in other conflicts worldwide.
Keywords
  • Palestinians,
  • Palestinian refugee problem,
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
  • reconciliation,
  • healing,
  • post conflict,
  • building peace,
  • sustainable peace,
  • transitional justice,
  • peacebuilding
Publication Date
2008
Editor
G. Ben-Porat
Publisher
Palgrave-McMillan
Citation Information
Nets–Zehngut, R. (2008). Passive reconciliation in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In G. Ben-Porat (Ed.), Implementing peace agreements: Israel-Palestine, South Africa and Northern Ireland (pp. 178-194). New York: Palgrave-McMillan.