Peace First – A New Strategy

Bottom line, under AF&O’s philosophy, it’s all about working toward and achieving peace, justice and equality for all. It doesn’t feel like most of the world’s leaders are working with that goal in mind, which makes it necessary to look outside for someone, anyone who will get to the real heart of the matter. Over the years, I have found many noble sorts with their eyes on the correct prize, and lots of them have come from Tikkun, a magazine dedicated to healing, repairing, and transforming the world (which, as Gandhi would echo, means transforming ourselves as well).

This morning I found a wonderful essay by Uri Savir, lead Israeli negotiator of the Oslo Accords, who provides a radical new model for peacemaking. Well worth reading!

[W]hile the globalization revolution has taken our world by storm, peacemaking as a strategy has remained stagnant. Traditionally, peace treaties have declared an end to fighting, established formal, legally-oriented relations, and traded land but not much more. Although such tangible ‘wins’ and ‘losses’ are far less relevant in modern-day warfare, this model remains the norm. So, the time has come for fundamental changes to be made to peace processes and treaties, which challenge the rational notion of security asset enhancement.

… Ultimately, we require the planning of a new peace based on an analysis of attitudes to public opinion, negotiation and implementation modes and what the Tikkun Community seems to refer to as an ‘ethos of solidarity’. Consistent with the GMP, my strategy is based on cultivating a culture of peace by building popular support for the principles of peace and generosity. With the benefit of Oslo and hindsight, I propose the following four concepts to revolutionize peacemaking in the Middle-East and beyond.

Peace First: A New Bottom Line By Uri Savir

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