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Peace First by Abu Ala, Uri Savir

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CHAPTER FOURPeace Ecology

SOCIETIES THAT HAVE ENDURED CONFLICT FOR GENERATIONS are understandably highly suspicious of their former enemies; this suspicion comes out in hostility and aggression. The compromises and cooperation that are so necessary to the peace process are often perceived as betrayals. Leaders and negotiators treat their peace partners as enemies and are overcautious of working together toward reconciliation. People even feel comfortable with the status quo of suspicion, because there is always someone else to blame for one’s predicament.

For real peace to thrive, a fundamental change in the peacemaking environment must occur. This transformation can be derived from those inside the conflict area and from those beyond the ...

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