Israeli-Palestinian Historical Narratives: Reconciliation and Policy Implications
Paul Scham


Most people, whether politicians, diplomats, commentators, or activists, who have worked on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have regarded the historical narratives of the two sides largely as an obstacle to be overcome, and a “soft” issue, that need not be dealt with by policy-makers. The emergence of Jerusalem and “right of return”, both historically-based issues, as among the chief problems causing the breakdown of the Camp David Summit in 2000, has forced a rethinking of that assumption. This workshop will examine the relevance and importance of the historical narratives to the continuation of the conflict, and examine ways in which awareness of the narrative of the “other side” (“intangibles issues”) can help to deal with some of the tangible issues that have prevented peace.
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