Interactive Methods to Cope with Intractable Conflict: the Israeli-Palestinian Case

Video Coverage of 'Interactive Methods to Cope with Intractable Conflict: The Israeli-Palestinian Case" with Sapir Handelman. Please click HERE to play.

Dr. Sapir Handelman is the co-laureate of the 2010 Peter Becker Award for Peace and Conflict Research. He is an associate professor (senior lecturer), the director of the Center for Diversity and Multiculturalism at Achva Academic College, Israel and a lecturer at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Dr. Handelman leads the Minds of Peace initiative and was the first scholar to receive the Lentz fellowship in Peace and Conflict Studies three times in a row.

The Israeli-Palestinian dispute is an archetypical example of an intractable conflict: a protracted, violent, drawn-out struggle in which generation after generation is socially conditioned to continue fighting. This is a severe social crisis that affects almost any aspect of life in the opposing societies. In order to break the chain of destruction a revolutionary peacemaking process is required.

This lecture presents two models of peacemaking: the political-elite model and the public-assembly model. The chief purpose of the first is to reach a peace agreement, while the second is mainly designed to prepare the opposing societies for a reasonable outcome. I intend to show that their simultaneous implementation is extremely important for the beginning of a revolutionary peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian struggle.