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Is talk with ‘the other’ cheap – or essential?

TJI Pick
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Published: 7 November 2015

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Can Israelis and Palestinians see each other’s concerns? – Fadi Zanayed – The Times of Israel 04.11.15
We can and should be able to find a solution to this mess but only if we leave our emotions at home or if we both understand each other’s emotions. What is missing is the human element. Each side is not seeing the tragic divide from the other side’s eyes.
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And see:‘Abnormalization’ and the view from afar – Aaron B Cohen – The Times of Israel 30.10.15
There was a time when people pooh-poohed dialogue, saying ‘talk is cheap’ and won’t lead to positive change. Now people refuse to talk because they think talk is dangerous. It can lead to mutual understanding and accommodation, derailing zero-sum aspirations.


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