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“One more heave” doesn’t work: we need a new peace paradigm for the Middle East

Grassroots social movements are the way forward

By Alan Johnson  

Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers while clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli defense soldiers near Erez crossing northern of Gaza City, December 11, 2015. Since mid-September 2015, Palestinians have killed 19 Israelis. At least 112 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire; 75 of them said by Israel to be attackers while the others died in clashes with security forces. Israel blames incitement by political and religious leaders for the violence. Palestinians say the attacks stem from despair at achieving statehood. - NEWZULU/MHMED ALI. Photo: MHMED ALI/NEWZULU/PA Images

The old paradigm of peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians is exhausted and a new one is needed. “Old peace” meant set-piece, time-limited, bilateral negotiations, mediated by the United States with the goal of reaching a permanent agreement based on separation between Israel and the Palestinians. Three efforts have ended in failure: Camp David-Taba in 2000-1, Annapolis in 2007 and the Kerry Talks of 2014. “One more heave”…

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