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NATIV   ■   Volume Fourteen   ■   Number 4-5 (81-82)  ■  September 2001   ■  Ariel Center for Policy Research




The Joint Community of Israel and Jordan

Motti Ashkenazi

A political strategy is proffered in this article, one which in my humble opinion, enables the formation of a gradual process which will lead, employing confidence-building measures, step-by-step to the formation of peaceful and neighborly relations without a “contractual” peace treaty, without concessions on substantive issues and vital interests, and without taking unnecessary risks. This policy avoids any attempt to make dramatic decisions over brief periods of time and does not take any shortcuts. It attaches significance to the psychological aspects, which typify the conflict and relies on Israel’s economic strength, on its ability to grow quickly and to adjust to changes relatively easily. The policy ascribes to hope and faith in a better future, and greater strength in frustrating violence than any other measure. The incitement to hatred and violence is a chronic societal illness, which, in the long run, harms its purveyors much more than it affects the objects of its hatred and the victims of its violence. The efforts to build a community of this sort is likely to restore the dynamism, the vision and the creative initiative to the Zionist revolution, which have eroded and dissipated over recent decades, and to furnish us with more favorable conditions for its realization. Specifically, when the “guns are firing”, there is a need to create a new understanding. May we be successful in internalizing the dictum of our sages: “Who is a hero? One who converts an enemy into a friend.”

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