The Importance Of Peace

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The post-conflict period is vital in establishing a healthy peace (Onubogu). If the root causes of the conflict are not addressed, states will remain fragile, ready to spiral into conflict at the hint of discord. An integrative approach introduces cross-cutting educational and training programs to achieve a sustainable peace. An awareness and understanding of differences is crucial to address the underlying causes of conflict. Peace practitioners will enhance the capacity of peacebuilding by training political and religious leaders who retain a high degree of legitimacy in interreligious and intergroup dialogue. Bridging communal divides will broaden support for peace. The roots of Jewish nationalism lie in “the rise of secularism and nationalism …show more content…
For Israel, the tangible reward is land. Control of the West Bank increases Israel’s security by allowing them access to the Jordan Rift Valley. This valley, stretching longitudinally along Israel’s eastern border, diminishes Israeli’s perceived security threats from Middle Eastern countries. The tangibility of land alters Israel’s perception of potential success. Israeli Jews become more ethnocentric when they perceive a goal is easily attainable. For Israel to defend itself, the state must have access to all the land and airspace of Israel, including Gaza and the West Bank. Therefore, a single state in Israel is the only viable solution to ensure Israel’s security. After the transition to a unified central state, Palestinian and Israeli forces will be integrated to ensure …show more content…
Sustainable peace is wishful thinking if Israel’s priority remains the continuation of colonial settlement projects in the West Bank. In a United Nations press statement, Nickolay Mladenov contends that Israel has a “systematic policy of expanding settlements” which “prevent[s] Palestinian social and economic development” (United Nations). The US has become an “enabler of Israeli expansion in the Occupied Territories, making it complicit in the crimes perpetrated against the Palestinians” (Mearsheimer & Walt 62). A shift in US domestic policy to hush special interests groups may lead to a halt in settlement activity. According to the power sharing model, territorial self-governance would allow Palestinians, who maintain a majority in the West Bank, to advance their interests while working toward a unified Israel and

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