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  1. Introduction
  2. The Seeds of Peace website
  3. The camp
    1. Competition encouraging further cooperation across ethnic lines
    2. The dialogue hut
    3. Open religious services
  4. Facilitators like Marieke Von woerkom
  5. The bridge builder as one of the most vital roles
  6. Introducing delegates to new roles
  7. The concepts of restraint and revenge
  8. Conclusion
  9. Bibliography

How can one solve an ancient conflict? Is it possible for reconciliation to occur after years, even centuries, of dispute? How can one even attempt to play a constructive role in such a conflict? Seeds of Peace has attempted to make a change in such ancient battles as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Over the course of this paper, I will show how the organization has entered the fray, and how this intervention has opened up individuals to some of the roles highlighted in The Third Side. I will also discuss how introducing such a change to a system can have an impact on the situation, as studied by Wilmot and Hocker. As I discuss the components of the program and their application to the course

[...] He began learning to facilitate dialogue sessions between Arabs and Israelis at the Seeds of Peace Center in Jerusalem before his military service (Paulson 2003). Over the course of the summer program, the delegates take on the roles of William Ury's proposed third side. Individuals learn to play these roles at the camp, and they, in turn, can export these new strategies to their homelands. One of these roles is that of the teacher. Another is the bridge- builder. The teacher gives others the tools necessary to deal with conflict in a constructive manner (Ury 125). [...]

[...] If relationships do not matter, there is little reason for parties engaged in conflict to make any attempt to change themselves and transform their conflict situation (Wilmot and Hocker 212) The concepts of restraint and revenge are important to consider in light of the conflict that Israeli-Palestinian delegates are coming out of. Restraint is self-control that prevents one from undertaking retaliatory actions. Revenge, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of restraint. One seeking revenge may wish to deter future unfair treatment, may have an exaggerated view of the other's power to harm, may long to revenge an injustice, or may have become locked into a spiral of feuding and vengeance in which the original conflict has been overshadowed by vengeful acts (221). [...]

[...] Seeds of Peace is effective and successful when it comes to providing future leaders with the tools needed to prevent future conflicts. However, it will be difficult to resolve the current, ongoing escalation of violence and hatred in Israel without resorting to more advanced means that allow both sides to feel that wrongs have been redressed, and that old wounds can finally heal. Bibliography Campbell, Susan. ?Planting the Seeds; Learning Peace Through Dialogue, Prayer?and a Little Basketball.? The Hartford Courant Aug 2006: D1 Paulson, Amanda. [...]

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