Obstacles to Peace in Palestine.

Peace will not be found in the meeting rooms & halls of delegates and diplomats. It is to be found solely in our hearts & and in our minds, and once found it can be moved from those abstract places to the reality of the meeting rooms to hammer out the fine details. So, beyond the obvious, what is it in the hearts & minds of Israelis & Palestinians that makes peace so hard?

Peter Winn-Brown


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“Civilian casualties were threatening the entire relationship between (Mohammad) Karzai and the coalition… and undermining the perception of the coalition’s commitment [to] secure and serve the people… If you are killing civilians, then you are obviously not protecting them.”

General David Petraeus, Former Commander ISAF, Afghanistan, on the dilemma that faces every wartime commander (1).

Give peace a chance…

I’ve been thinking about peace a lot, and then it occurred to me, I’ve only been considering the mechanics of peace; the peace process if you will; how peace is achieved; how peace is won. But I had given little thought to what peace actually is. So I turned to that indispensable font of all knowledge, and asked Google.

And it seems that peace is different things to different people. No great surprise, but within the context of the crisis in Palestine, I needed more. This definition from Vocabulary.com was a start…

‘Peace is a stress-free state of security and calmness that comes when there’s no fighting or war, everything coexisting in perfect harmony and freedom.’

…but it was insufficient. It contained some, maybe all, of the elements that I considered to constitute peace; security, an absence of war, and freedom.

I dug deeper. I needed more…and found it.

The concept of peace is actually broken down into two spheres which help define and provide a structural framework for peace-builders to apply.

The two concepts are Negative Peace, and Positive Peace (see Figure 1. below). Negative peace is what most of us…



Peter Winn-Brown

The past can illuminate the present if we shine the light of inquiry openly, truthfully, with attention to detail & care for the salient facts.