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The View from the Other Side: Seminar for young Israelis and Palestinians

One of the things we like to do when we bring together Israelis and Palestinians is to let them play the role of peace negotiators – only, we ask the Israelis to represent the Palestinian side and the Palestinians to represent the Israeli side. We did this exercise during a seminar we held in late October fr young Israelis and Palestinians, and one hour later, we had a very surprised group of people. “I found out that what I’d thought were red lines for Palestinians – regarding borders, refugees, security - are not red lines at all”, said one Israeli participant after playing a Palestinian negotiator. “and it’s funny – all I needed to do was to ask them what they really think about these issues, something I’ve never done before”.