About The Israeli Palestinian conflict and some helpful tips

By Orna Raz

Prof. Daniel Bartal was the speaker at the February 19th SHISHALOM meeting, hosted by Meira Frieman in Yavne. He argued that the Israeli Palestinian conflict is uncontrollable and stubborn, therefore one of the purposes of our leaders is to persuade us that our plight is unique and we have nothing to learn from other conflicts. But academic research proves otherwise. The conflict is solvable. One of the reasons that it has not been resolved is that on top of all the considerations, another layer is constructed –the layer of the narrative– an ethos which is a believable story which is systematically bequeathed to the people involved in the conflict throughout the generations. This makes the end of the conflict seem unattainable. It is necessary to convince the nation that the leaders are right. If people stop believing their leaders the conflict may end and there is a need to persuade the people why it goes on. Peoples in the midst of a conflict see their situation as insoluble– a collusion between two conflicting goals, no compromise is possible

שישלום ברטל

An uncontrollable conflict is characterized by the duration of time –it has to last at least 25 year – a generation. When one nation overpowers another, the dominated population is naturally displeased and organizes protests. This is a universal rule. Violent conflicts are never without expressions of human cruelty. The dominated population starts to be violent and the dominating nation becomes even more violent. The international community usually sides with the struggle of the dominated population. Often the peoples involved in a harsh conflict are unaware of the extent of hardship they experience. There is a routinization of the culture of conflict, and on top of the other expenses, there is stress

Professor BarTal offered some tips for productive dialogue with women who come from different background

In order for your opinion to be accepted you need to be knowledgably and reliable, not to argue about the facts, but to promote reflection. So that the answers you receive are not stereotypical. There is a need to build a common ground and trust with the women you converse with. The conversation is valuable since people like to talk and normally, in their daily life it is rare that people actually listen to them