Savir speaks about a new approach to the Middle East conflict
Like many others with classes to teach in the Fall, I have been away from blogging for the Summer. But I did manage to conduct a significant interview with the Israeli career diplomat and Oslo Accords negotiator, Uri Savir.
His new book, Peace First, has just been published. In it he calls for a new approach to diplomacy. He speaks of peace building rather than peacemaking and the creation of an ecology of peace. With contributions by Shimon Peres, Dennis Ross and Ahmad Qurei, Peace First builds on Savir's work since 1993. He presently heads up the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv and the Glocal Forum in Rome.
The future division of Jerusalem between Palestinians and Israelis stalls "core issues" negotiation
Israel's PM Ehud Olmert seemed to push Jerusalem off the table again today. He said that because the city's future is such a sensitive issue, other matters, such as borders, will be tackled first as this year proceeds toward George Bush's timetable for a Mid-East agreement before he leaves office in January 2009. Not without good reason have many observers noted that the city is really the heart of the century-long conflict.In the opening chapter of Identity Ideology and the Future of Jerusalem (Palgrave 2006), I wrote:
Explosive, contentious, capable of drawing in much of the world community—this is the pervasive nature of the problem.
Shimon Peres became
Meanwhile Peres assumed another new role, as president of a new organization pan-Jewish organization to represent Israeli and Diaspora Jews around the world. Former