The Path to Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Psychological Dynamics and Specific Strategies
Psychotherapy in a turmoil region: Reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis from a psychological perspective, 2007
19 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 12, 2007
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has lasted over a century and has caused enormous bloodshed and suffering to involved societies. The conflict, while caused by multiple factors, is driven by psychological dynamics within and between the societies. In order to psychologically deal with the conflict and its destructive consequences, both societies have developed psychosocial coping strategies. This chapter describes the psychological dynamics of the two societies, and various coping strategies, aimed at overcoming any negative effects of these dynamics in order to promote the well-being of both societies and enable them to reach peace and reconciliation. The chapter begins with introducing the background and nature of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict as an intractable conflict; then describes the psychological dynamics and coping strategies that have evolved in order to meet the challenges of the conflict; and finally, presents ways to achieve the reconciliation and collective self-healing that are necessary for lasting peace.
Keywords: Reconciliaiotn, healing, Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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