A Time for Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation

  • Shai Har-El


I have always believed that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved through a negotiated settlement and that the constraints of geography and demography necessitate cooperation and compromise between the two parties to the conflict. However, the collapse of the Oslo peace process and the failure of Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza clearly show that the mutually agreed principle of “land for peace” is not a sufficient basis for a political settlement. This compromising concept was not convincing enough, for the two sides have been driven by conflicting national interests shaped by clashing historical narratives. It is obvious that the conflict has stubborn, inflammatory roots in our recent past that can no longer be ignored.


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    George Santayana, The Life of Reason; or, the Phases of Human Progress (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1906), 284.Google Scholar

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