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

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Rafi Nets-Zehngut

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Daniel Bar-Tal

Tel Aviv University - Department of Child Development and Education

Date Written: February 12, 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Nets-Zehngut, Rafi and Bar-Tal, Daniel, The Path to Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Psychological Dynamics and Specific Strategies (February 12, 2007). Psychotherapy in a turmoil region: Reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis from a psychological perspective, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2915788

Rafi Nets-Zehngut (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )

Israel

Daniel Bar-Tal

Tel Aviv University - Department of Child Development and Education ( email )

P.O. Box 39040
Tel Aviv, 6997801
Israel
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