On November 2, 2015, the world marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Yitzhak Rabin by a far-right Jewish extremist. That anniversary was overshadowed by a renewed round of tension and violence between Israel and Palestinians. For many of us, these hostilities seem intractable and interminable, and peace between the two people impossible. This month, Bar Ilan University professor Jay Rothman argues that the failure to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of the conflict itself. At its root, Rothman believes, the conflict is about identity and competing historical narratives (not simply diplomacy and high-level politics). Recognizing the roots of the dispute offers the best way to achieve an end to the violence.
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