This book is a collection of essential essays on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by eminent social psychologist Herbert C. Kelman.
Few experts or practitioners know the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as Kelman, and for over forty years he has conducted interactive problem-solving workshops at Harvard University and elsewhere, engaging more than one hundred Israeli, Arab and Palestinian political activists, journalists and intellectuals in constructive dialogue. Spanning the years 1978 to 2017, the essays gathered here are still relevant today, and attest to the author’s broad empathy for Palestinians and Israelis and his passionate pursuit of a resolution of their conflict based on consistent principles that satisfy the essential psychological needs and minimum political interests of both. The selected essays are not only insightful academic papers, but also serve as snapshots-in-time of the ebb and flow of conflict and peace efforts as well as guideposts for future would-be negotiators and facilitators.
This volume will be of much interest to students of Middle Eastern politics, peace and conflict studies, and international relations, and will help would-be negotiators and mediators in practice.
Editors’ Introduction Philip Mattar and Neil Caplan Section 1 The Road to Mutual Recognition 1. Israelis and Palestinians: Psychological Prerequisites for Mutual Acceptance (1978) 2. Creating the Conditions for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations (1982) 3. Talk with Arafat (1982) 4. The Political Psychology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: How Can We Overcome the Barriers To a Negotiated Solution? (1987) 5. The Palestinianization of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988) Section 2 The Opening of Negotiations and the Oslo Process 6. Acknowledging the Other’s Nationhood: How to Create a Momentum for the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations (1992) 7. Contributions of an Unofficial Conflict Resolution Effort to the Israeli-Palestinian Breakthrough (1995) 8. Some Determinants of the Oslo Breakthrough (1997) 9. Building A Sustainable Peace: The Limits of Pragmatism in the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations (1998) 10. The Interdependence of Israeli and Palestinian National Identities: The Role of the Other in Existential Conflicts (1999) Section 3 The Breakdown of Negotiations and Efforts to Revive Them 11. Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Inching Toward and Looking Beyond Negotiations (2007) 12. Palestinian Refugees (2010)
with Lenore Martin 13. A One-Country / Two-State Solution To the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2011) 14. Constructing a Narrative of Reconciliation: A Personal Plea for Transformation of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
'The book will especially be appreciated by students who wish to improve their understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and, in a larger sense, of the socio-psychological foundations of prolonged international struggles. Researchers specializing in other international conflicts will also benefit from the light it shines on issues ranging from self-determination to track two (backchannel) diplomacy. Those already savvy in the subject will not miss the tight connection between Kelman’s articles and the evolving events of the conflict. From his post-1973 Yom Kippur/October War articles to his pre-Second Intifada insights, Kelman writes on contemporary issues without forsaking his bird’s-eye view as a social and political psychologist.'--Oded Adomi Leshem, Israel Studies Review, 33.3