By Uri Savir
During this groundbreaking new advisor to construction peace, overseas ambassador Uri Savir exposes the lethal ironies and anachronisms in modern efforts to resolve worldwide conflicts, and provides an intensive new version for modernizing our efforts to construct actual and lasting peace, from the floor up. Peace First attracts on Savir's personal deep, first-hand reports from the Oslo Peace strategy, in addition to his peace-building efforts among enemies and previous enemies within the African countries of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, the eu areas of Northern eire and the previous Yugoslavia, and in Asia, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.
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Peace has not been recognized as a discernible, independent social value. In post-conflict regions, little effort has been made to create a participatory process, to cultivate an environment of peaceful coexistence between former enemies, or to discipline those who are violently opposed to peace. Modern peace treaties — those of the past fifteen years — continue to fail because they fall into traps of old-fashioned peacemaking. Just like historical peacemaking efforts before them, these modern treaties 1.
The violent Palestinian uprising known as the First Intifada did not lead to political results for Palestinians and, with the election of an Israeli peace government under Prime Minister Rabin and the first Bush administration’s desire to turn the antiwar coalition against Iraq into a pro-peace coalition in the Middle East, the time seemed right to explore options for peace. Negotiations began in Madrid between an Israeli delegation and a Jordanian-Palestinian delegation that included Palestinian representatives of the occupied territories but not representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
The argument that army personnel make good peacemakers because they have seen the price of war couldn’t be further from the truth. Although there are some exceptional cases (for example, Lieutenant General Lipkin-Shahak, a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff), most people who have seen the use of power as a solution continue to do so and, worse, continue to use it. Professional warmakers will almost always maintain a safety net to be employed in a worst-case scenario; deterrence will always be preferred over building trust.